A celebration of our community, its scholars and a promise…
On September 22nd, almost two hundred sponsors and friends of the Charlottesville Scholarship Program gathered at the Paramount Theater for an evening of food, music and celebration to honor those students who have received Promise Scholarships. Andrea Copeland of Positive Channels once again served as our mistress of ceremonies.
The evening began with fabulous foods by the bite donated by our area’s most popular restaurants while being treated to the wonderful musical talents of a Charlottesville High School Orchestra quartet.
Michael A. Mallory, executive director of the Ron Brown Scholar Program was the keynote speaker for the evening. Mr. Mallory leads this highly successful program that has made college possible for talented African-American students. As a coach, teacher and recruitment officer for the University, he has spent his life helping students take control of their destinies. According to Mr. Mallory, “As the cost of education rises both absolutely and in relation to its professional payoff, scholarships remain a sound community investment, since they lead directly to employment and broader horizons for the next generation”.
The evening was topped off with desserts, coffee and dancing to 180–Central Virginia’s Favorite Band!
Many thanks to our hard-working 2012 Gala Committee for sharing their time and talents to help make a difference for our community and its young scholars:
Elizabeth Coughter, co-chair Lainie Rainwater, co-chair
Elsie Thompson Andrea Copeland
K.K. Pearson Maia Bannan
Jane DeSimone Dittmar Iris Hosey Luck
Linda Seaman Frank Squillace
Roxanne White Charity Haines
Ty Cooper Simona Holloway-Warren
Steve Engel Alice Fitch
This wonderful community celebration would not be possible
without the incredible generosity of our sponsors.
Our heartfelt thank you to these major sponsors:
Preston A. and Julie M. Coiner
Elsie and MacIlwaine Thompson
S. Sonjia Smith
Roberta Bell Williamson
Dede Smith and Tim Wilson
Union First Market Bank
Alan and Llezelle Dugger
Payne, Ross & Associates
Virginia National Bank
Colonial Auto Center
The Daily Progress
Steven J. Engel, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Advisor
Charlottesville Public Access Television
Jackie Lichtman and Russ Linden
Ty Cooper’s United Nations of Comedy Tour
Memories by Melody Photography
Don’s Florist & Gift, Inc