Westfield Area Y Hosts 15th Annual Black Achievers Banquet
Saturday, February 16, 2013 • 8:47am
The Westfield Area Y is hosting its 15th Annual Black Achievers Fundraising and Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 8th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at L’Affaire in Mountainside. Keynote Speaker for the evening will be Council Member At-Large Mildred C. Crump.
Mildred C. Crump was sworn in as Newark’s first African-American Councilwoman on July 1, 1994. A long time community activist, she has been a consummate and consistent advocate for women, children, senior citizens, the disabled, working families and those in need. On July 1, 2006, she was again sworn in as Councilwoman at-Large. She created history once more when she was elected as the first female president of the Newark Municipal Council.
Ms. Crump was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University. She was the recipient of the David D. McKenzie Honor Society Award as the “Most Outstanding Female Student for Leadership and Scholarship.” She established another mark in history by becoming the first African-American Braille teacher in the City of Detroit. Upon moving to New Jersey in 1965, she became the first African-American Braille teacher in this state. She received her Master’s degree from Rutgers University Newark in Public Administration. In December of 2006, she was elected to the National Board of Directors for Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). Her greatest achievement thus far was her selection as “Garden State Woman of the Year, 2007” by Garden State Woman Magazine. She was the first African-American woman chosen for this great honor. In November of 2008, she was featured in O Magazine as one of eighty women selected nationwide out of 3,000 applicants to participate in the O Magazine – White House Project.
The Black Achievers Program began at the Harlem YMCA in 1968 as a conduit to helping youth develop life coping skills and education goals. The program began at the Westfield Area Y 15 years ago and matches youth with achieving African-American and other minority professionals as role models in an effort to raise the academic standards of young people, expose students to diverse career options and inspire them to reach their goals. Black Achievers also participate in community service activities, celebrate Black History Month and receive college prep tutoring and essay assistance.
The cost for this event is $75.00 per person. Journal Ads can also be purchased in all sizes and need to be submitted with camera ready art work or business card no later than March 2nd. Please contact Janice A. Carthens at (908) 233-2700 x227 or e-mail email@example.com for advertising details and space availability and to reserve your seat.
The Black Achievers program is funded in large part by this Annual Banquet. Funds raised by the banquet go directly to the program and scholarship, enabling youth to participate for little or no cost. Janice is also available for questions regarding this event or to find out how to participate in supporting the leaders of tomorrow.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.