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Prestigious national award given to Spelman president

Metro Digest (Dec. 13 - Dec. 19)

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.
Spelman College President Beverly Tatum received the prestigious national academic leadership award from the Carnegie Corp. of New York on ...
Spelman College president Beverly Tatum.

For more information, visit the national website at www.aabe.org.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Twelfth Annual Parade and Rally”

DeKalb NAACP branch will sponsor its MLK “Twelfth Annual Parade and Rally,” to be held approximately at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014. Volunteers, sponsors, and residents are encouraged to join in the celebration. To do so, respond on or before Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, by contacting Sarah Copelin-Woods at 404-371-1490 or via email at schoolsandcommunity@yahoo.com.

CCMA’s 5th Anniversary Gala honors community champions

The Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. recently celebrated five years of community service to at-risk youth and young inner-city males at its 5th Anniversary Gala. The event, held at Helene Mills Center, honored Chick-fil-A as Corporate Champion, Morris Brown College as Community Service Champion, Gammon Theological Seminary as Community Spirit Champion, and the AARP Foundation, Senior Community Service Employment Program as Community Partnership Champion. Two individuals, Emily Morrow and Reverend Paul Ealsey also received Community Service Awards.

The gala featured a night of music, live entertainment, an open reception, and a silent art showcase and auction. The CCMA theme song, written and produced by Thomas Demerritte of D-Lite Productions, also made its debut at the gala.

Norma Joy Barnes, President and CEO, stated that the organization has been blessed to serve over 1,500 young people in its five years of existence, as a result of support provided by the honorees, volunteers, and donors.

For additional information, call 404-935-5859, 404-221-1222, or visit www.communitycouncilma.org, or email info@communitycouncilma.org.

WINGS for kids announces new executive director hire

WINGS for kids, a nonprofit program that offers a social emotional learning curriculum in an after-school setting, recently announced the addition of Denise Blake as Executive Director of its Atlanta Region. In this role, Blake will lead resource development and community outreach efforts, as well as contribute to administration and evaluation needs.

Blake has held a variety of key positions in nonprofit, corporate and governmental management. She previously served as a nonprofit consultant where she assisted clients with board governance issues, fundraising strategies, and training and leadership development. Blake has also held leadership positions for a number of organizations, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the FaithFactor Program at the Interdenominational Theological Center.

In addition, Blake served as Senior Project Director for Outreach Extensions – a media outreach company – and managed the charitable foundation for former Atlanta Falcons’ defensive tackle Rod Coleman.

Blake is a long-time Atlanta resident originally hailing from Santa Cruz, Calif. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College.

Grady Health Foundation introduces Adopt-A-Department

Grady Health Foundation launches the Adopt-A-Department program. Local businesses, organizations and community members are challenged to help cross off Grady Health System’s Department Wish Lists with in-kind donations.

The staff at Grady relies on these community donations to provide the best care possible, proceed with everyday tasks and create a better environment for both their patients and staff. Without in-kind donations, Grady’s staff often has to purchase these items out of pocket in order to fulfill these needs. With Adopt-A-Department, you fulfill the needs of many with simple items such as baby toys, books and toiletry kits.

To participate in Adopt-A-Department, contact Jennifer Kauffman at jkauffman1@gmh.edu or call 404-489-1550.

Those who are a part of Adopt-A-Department will be featured on Grady Health Foundation’s website, social media and newsletters for their contributions. They will also be invited to Grady Health System to participate in the drop-off of their wish list items. For more information and updates on the Adopt-A-Department program throughout the month of December, visit: www.gradyhealthfoundation.org/ways-to-give/in-kind.

Kwanzaa Celebration at the Auburn Avenue Research Library

In collaboration with the Atlanta City Council Office of Kwanzaa Hall and the Central Library, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a Kwanzaa Celebration at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30. This celebration of Nia, the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, will feature Giwayen Mata, a dynamic percussion and vocal ensemble and a traditional pouring of libations and a candle lighting ceremony. For information, call 404-730-1700.