Bethune-Cookman University will present several Daytona Beach area organizations and individual activists with the inaugural Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Community Engagement Award on Sunday, March 1, at B-CU’s Performing Arts Center, 698 W. Interne national Speedway Blvd.
The award is given to an outstanding organization or person that has exhibited an unwavering dedication to improving their community. The award will be presented at “Mary’s Gift,’’ a tribute to B-CU founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune for her gift to the community. The 5 p.m. program is a family-friendly event that’s free and open to the public.
“These extraordinary groups and individuals have displayed a high level of commitment to progression and humanity. It is our honor to recognize them as pillars in our community,” said B-CU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson.
Jackson to deliver vision for B-CU
In addition to the award presentations, Jackson will present his vision for B-CU and the university’s plans to get more involved within the community.
The program will feature entertainment from Harry Burney, T. Renee Crutcher and the Curtis Rayman & Orchesis Dance Ensemble.
The 2015 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Community Engagement Award recipients are:
Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce; F.A.I.T.H. (Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony); Embassy of Hope; League of Women Voters; Daytona Beach NAACP; MLK Committee of Daytona; Domestic Abuse Council; Children’s Home Society; Rose Marie Byron Daycare; Campaign for Working Families; Women Initiatives of Volusia; Women Initiatives of Flagler; Halifax Urban Ministries; Boys and Girls Club; Food Brings Hope; Ray Salazar/ United Way; Midtown Redevelopment; Central Florida Community Development; Florida Hospital; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; The Links; Attorney Chris Mount; Community Legal Services of Mid-FL, Inc.; Lucille O’Neal; Linda McGee; Council on Ageing of Volusia County; Hyatt and CiCi Brown; Daytona Beach News Journal; Daytona Times; Volusia Hometown News; and Dr. Bonnie Sorenson.
For more information, contact Keisha Pickett at Keisha@pickettpr.com or 813-903-9247.