Hands, Inc.

Community Leadership Awards

15th Annual Community Leadership Awards: Toward A Just and Beautiful City

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm
Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest Street, Orange, NJ

Join us for a festive celebration to recognize ordinary people doing extraordinary things in our community. In addition to a fast-paced award segment, our program will feature creative presentations, culinary sampling from the best local restaurants, live jazz and talented young artists.

This year's Mistress of Ceremonies is Bettye LaVette. Two time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She sang at an Inaugural Celebratory concert for President Barack Obama. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric.

This year's honorees are:

Laura Sacks, School nurse at the Orange Preparatory Academy for promoting youth and adult volunteerism.

Simeko Watkins-Hartley, Owner of Meko New York and Founder of Born To Be A Natural Leader for empowering and raising expectations for young women.

Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, (IFPO) located at Church of the Epiphany for organizing distribution of supplemental and emergency food to families in need.

De'Shon Parks, Volunteer Coach and Co-Founder of Not Orange for leading family activities and youth sports to model life skills.

Khemani Gibson, Founding member of ORNG Ink and mentor of the Orange Scholars Academy, History of American Cities project for engaging the community in celebrating history leading to activism to shape the future.

Orange Fire Officers and Firefighters Unions Local 201 and 10, for meeting basic and emergency needs in the community and supporting holiday and cultural events through contributing time and collecting donations.

HANDS thanks these event sponsors:
JPMorgan Chase
Wells Fargo
Valley National Bank
TD Bank
PNC Bank
NeighborWorks America
New Jersey Community Capital
L&M Development Partners
Mid Atlantic Resource Group, LLC.
Kiernan and Campbell Attorneys at Law
Stuart Klepesch

$150 Supporter
$50 Basic

For more information please contact Faria at 973-678-3110 ext. 8; faria@handsinc.org.

No physical ticket will be issued at the day of the event. We kindly request you to please purchase your ticket online using the PayPal button below and you will be automatically reserved as our guest for the event. Hope to see you there!

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