Raising Monies To Better Raise Children
Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition Raises Another $12,000 For Youth
By PGS Media
This is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. While many were raking leaves and prepping for Halloween, some 100 Prince Georgians were raising money for local students to take their next steps in life.
The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., held its Annual Gala and Auction, October 25 (photos). Proceeds will benefit the Coalition’s “Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Program.”
Donations and funds received totaled some $12,000.
Each year the Coalition presents scholarships to high school and college students in Prince George’s County. All applications are considered by a PCGDPC Scholarship Committee. A major determining factor in the selection process is the applicant’s commitment to the community.
“Through our scholarship program, we provide community-based support to families within the county with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a healthy and drug free life,” says Dr. Valencia Campbell, President of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. She explains that at the core of the Coalition’s service is a strong emphasis on self-help initiatives.
This funding will be earmarked for the June 2015 gala event to aid the students.
Other determining factors include the personal circumstances and achievements, educational goals, and the likely impact of the scholarship on the applicant’s life. To date, the coalition has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to students.
But Saturday’s event was a big hit. Stellar performances were turned in by the Entourage Band (jazz) and The Potomac Players (theater).
And the auction was a winner, too.
“We auctioned a lot,” Campbell says modestly. Artwork included donated works reflecting President Obama, floral art, canvass work, watches, trips (domestic and abroad donated by Windham). Larry Poncho Brown artwork auctioned. There were signed books by authors including Congressman Clyburn, Omar Tyree, President Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Also auctioned were five Negro League baseballs along with several Nordstrom’s and other gift baskets gift baskets and gift cards and Washington Redskins parking lot tickets. Annie’s Art Gallery donated a President Obama painting. Washington Gas made a donation to support the event. There was an iPad raffle and the YMCA donated short term memberships.
Some of the elected officials and community leaders in attendance include:
Maryland State Delegate Kris Valderrama
Delegate Elect Tony Knotts
Councilman Obie Patterson
Mayor Jacqueline Goodall, Forest Heights
Dr. Richard Lucas, Vice President, Bowie State University
Alice Holt, Democratic Central Committee Member
Hazel Robinson, President Tantallon Square Area Civic Assoc.
Earl O'Neal, President of South County Economic Development Assoc.
Lonise Bias, International Motivational Speaker, Pres. of Bias Speaks
Sponsors and donors Included:
Washington Gas, Gerards, Sharpers Florist, Annie's Art Gallery, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Metamorphosis Dress Shop, Greenbelt Marriott, YMCA Potomac Outlook, AGEM Facility Manager, Dr. Geren Gatlin, Bravo Marketing Group.
The Coalition would like to thank the Prince George's Suite Magazine for showcasing our Gala and Silent Auction. the link to the online article is shown below.
http://www.pgsuite.com/PGCDPC Gala and Silent Auction