NANBPW Annual Founders Day

CELEBRATING FOUNDERS’ DAY—Curtistine Walker, financial secretary; Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Businesswoman of the Year; Toni Kendrick, Professional Woman of the Year; and Valinda Holland, mistress of ceremonies and First Lady of The Pilgrim Baptist Church.

On April 19, at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant, The Pittsburgh Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. hosted their Annual Founders’ Day Celebration in the form of a breakfast. Pittsburgh Club President Rhonda Carson Leach says NANBPW takes this opportunity to honor and thank deserving individuals in the Pittsburgh Community who have given outstanding service or have achieved goals. Each year the club awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors seeking to further their education.
The highlight of the Founders’ Day Observance is also the occasion to award the highest honor given by the National Association, the Sojourner Truth Award. It honors women exhibiting the attributes of our National Matriarch. This year’s Sojourner Truth Award was presented to Phyllis Comer. Upon retirement as an administrator in the Woodlawn School District, Comer was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve as a commissioned civil officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education. She is the president and CEO of Comer Educational Consulting Services while serving as a member of the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to obtain funding from various resources to support educational programming for the 27 counties that comprise the western region of the organization.
This year’s scholarship was presented to Carly Heywood, an aspiring designer and founder of the new urban wear brand Everyday People Apparel. Heywood will be graduating from Winchester Thurston School and is excited to attend Parsons the New School for Design in Manhattan, N.Y., in the fall.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler and philanthropist Mike Logan was selected as the Professional Man of the Year. Logan attends Macedonia Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, where he is the facilitator of his Men’s Bible Study group. He is also a member of New Disciples Ministry, however his first ministry is that of his own home which consists of his marriage to his beautiful wife, Jennifer Logan.
Toni Kendrick was honored as Professional Woman of the Year; Kendrick has a 35 year career in education and has served the greater Pittsburgh community as the immediate past 2nd vice president of the Pittsburgh Administrator Association. Kendrick is the newly elected Great Lakes Regional Director. She will be confirmed during the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated bi-annual conference in July.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee received the Businesswoman of the Year award. Morgan-Lee is founder, CEO and artistic Director of Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT). She manages the Academy’s program seasons community outreach and the company, Ju.B. Lation Spirit Filled Feet.  Valinda Holland served as a delightful mistress of ceremonies while Anita Walker welcomed the audience to a beautiful and joyous event.
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. has grown to more than 350 clubs throughout the United States, Bermuda and Africa.

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