Black & Gold Gala: Recognizing leaders of service and community
The 4th annual Black & Gold Gala, hosted by Community College of Philadelphia, is the premiere event to recognize service and involvement in education,…
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Community College of Philadelphia showed why it's the premier community college in the country.
The 2019 Black & Gold Gala was a booming success. One of the most prominent annual charity events featured several CCP students, alumni, and administrators in front of a crowd of several hundred people at Vie on Spring Garden St. in Philadelphia on June 12.
“We’re here to celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees, some of our alumni, but we’re also here to recommit to the idea of supporting students who without community college, many of whom would have no other way forward," CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals, said during the event.
“Our mission is to provide access to education and services that will change lives and strengthen our city.”—President @GuyGenerals— CC of Philadelphia (@CCPedu) June 12, 2019
The #ccpblackandgold gala benefits the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship, which gives #philly high school graduates a better opportunity! pic.twitter.com/UaIa7u9QQx
Rick WIlliams, 6abc Action News anchor, who served as the master of ceremonies of the event, praised Dr. Generals for being "the force behind the transformational forward thinking that has prompted CCP" to becoming what it is today.
The Black & Gold Gala event recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services, health, and more. This year's outstanding individuals were Malcolm Jenkins, awarded with the Community Hero Award; Hayward Bell, awarded with the Alumni Achievement Award; and Julie Coker Graham, awarded with the Corporate Leadership Award.
The event also provided a platform for several CCP alumni and scholarship recipients to share their stories on how the college has helped shape their success.
“After being incarcerated for 17 years, I knew that higher education would lead me to the career I wanted; one that would allow me to help others...”— CC of Philadelphia (@CCPedu) June 13, 2019
Jym Baker, a Community Leader for prison reform, graduated from the College last month with Honors! #CCPBlackAndGold pic.twitter.com/VG3QzPY2AW
Mary Baxter is a two-time graduate of CCP, having earned a degree in Art & Design in 2016 and Human Services in 2018, graduating both times with Highest Honors! #CCPBlackAndGold pic.twitter.com/ZL3zGPAu05— CC of Philadelphia (@CCPedu) June 13, 2019
“After serving in the army, then raising a family and working, I aspired for a career change. I soon enrolled in the College with an interest in Health Sciences.”—@TheJKCF Scholarship Recipient and CCP Alumna, Jennifer Meyers pic.twitter.com/4ZXxQ9SCBx— CC of Philadelphia (@CCPedu) June 13, 2019
CCP's 50th Anniversary PROMISE Scholarship provides local high school graduates the opportunity to pursue an associate degree at CCP with no tuition cost.
This scholarship has been a force in helping Mayor Jim Kenney fulfill one of the primary points of his platform upon being elected mayor.
“Access to a quality education has been a defining pillar of our administration," Mayor Kenney said. "In order for our city to grow and thrive, we must continue to provide our children with opportunities to learn and prepare for college and careers.”
The three awardees have also played significant roles in helping the city grow and thrive, with the incredible work they're doing in their respective fields.