Attendees enjoyed good food, good conversation and even better dancing at the Concerned Black Men of Lufkin’s 14th annual Scholarship Gala at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center Saturday evening.
The event is a positive way for the community to come together and raise funds to award scholarships to the upcoming high school graduates of Angelina County. In addition to the fundraiser, two community service awards and one President’s Award were presented.
The community service awards were presented to writer and philanthropist Ellen Temple and CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial head of marketing Tina Alexander-Sellers.
“If you look at Ellen Temple’s resume she’s done it all,” said Johnny Giles, president of the Lufkin Chapter of the Concerned Black Men, Inc. “The Temple family has done many things for the Diboll community, Lufkin, and the entire state.” Giles then talked about how Sellers “has done a tremendous job at connecting CHI with our organization and helping us to find funds for the scholarships for our students. The President’s Award was given to Charles and Archie Chatman of Bodacious Bar-B-Q.
The Concerned Black Men organization was established in 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Police officers in that area came together because gangs were taking over Philadelphia. “It initially started as a mentoring program to help African American boys to not get involved in gangs. From that, chapters were established throughout the country. We’ve just expanded from the mentorship to also doing the scholarship.”
The Lufkin chapter conducts a six-week-long summer camp for ages 6 to 14, host a Teen Summit and offer mentoring at area schools as well as also provide their scholarship program.
“Whatever we can do in the community to enhance and help our situation,” Giles said. Last year, the Gala helped to provide 12 $500 scholarships to graduates. At this year’s Gala, several of those students returned as a testament to what the program helped them achieve.
Mr. Johnny Giles (L) is currently the President of the Lufkin Chapter of Concerned Black Men and CBM National Board Chairman. Mr. Leon Bagley (R) is currently the Vice-President of the CBM Lufkin chapter
We continue to be appreciative of our families, friends and others who choose to act in recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for monetary profit, going beyond one's basic obligations to help others.
The Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, Texas (CBMLT)
Concerned Black Men of America is a non-partisan, nonprofit, mentoring and educational organization, committed to advancing and improving the lives of youth by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.
The Don Boyd Summer Youth Camp is a youth summer activity initiative administered by the Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, Texas for the benefit of students ages 6 to 13 years old. The camp focuses on the development of academic and physical preparedness through math, science, critical thinking skill enrichment, student computer/internet skills, reading and comprehension instruction and physical education activities. Our goal is to have at least 90% of the youth participating demonstrate increased awareness and knowledge in the areas emphasized and to have participants acquire the personal skill sets required to become immediate assets to themselves, their families, and the communities in which they live. Over students 150 registered for the 2018 Camp.
Each year funds from the Annual Scholarship Fundraising Gala are provided as scholarships to area High School seniors to be utilized to further their education at colleges and universities throughout the country. Twelve $500 Scholarships are presented during the awards ceremonies at each students high school. Two of the scholarships provided are sponsored by CHI St. Lukes Memorial Hospital.
The CBMLT Annual Scholarship Gala is held each December in the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. Funds from this event are utilized to provide scholarships for deserving graduating high school students from Lufkin and Angelina County Communities. Community support of this effort is crucial to the success of our many qualified students that aspire to attend college after graduation. We award twelve (12) $5OO scholarships to seniors in their graduating classes throughout our communities with two specifically sponsored by CHI St. Luke Memorial Hospital. We also present two Community Service Awards at each Gala. This year’s recipients Brookshire Bros. COO John Alston and Tome"Catering Owner Britany Vinson .Mr. Leon Bagley received the President's Award
In June of 2019, more than 80 passionate youth participants from Lufkin and surrounding communities will gather for the annual CBMLT Teen Summit. For one day, these youth will learn from influential speakers, engage in skill-based workshops, and participate in a day of action.
The Summit is an enriching, cross-cultural experience that aims to empower, educate, and activate the potential of young change makers. Through mentorship from community experts, thought leaders, celebrity champions and other community leaders, Summit participants will uncover critical skills and be empowered to serve their communities.
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