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Recap: United Communities Against Poverty’s 9th Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction

United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) held their 9th Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction last night at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro. The ballroom was packed with community supporters, corporate sponsors, local government officials and even residents of UCAP’s Shepherd’s Cove homeless shelter who were treated to a day of pampering by Wendy Pittman, Founder of My Bougie Baby children’s clothing.After presentation of the colors by Central High School Junior ROTC Color Guard,  Gwen Ferguson, President & CEO of UCAP greeted dinner attendees, after which Norma Waters, Warren Ellis and Jacqueline Shukur gave moving testimonials on how UCAP supported each of them in their time of need. During dinner we all enjoyed music by AJQ Plus 1. After dinner which was blessed by Bishop C. Anthony Muse, Divine Dance Institute performed an elaborate, uplifting dance. Remarks were given by Reginal Weaver, Immediate Past President of National Education Association, and by Helena Nobles-Jones, a distinguished educator. Mila Sellers and James Waters each received the Jerry Perry Aim High Scholarship from Prince George’s Community College Foundation. Jerry Pasternak, Region Vice President for Maryland Affairs at PEPCO presented UCAP with a check for $70,000to help area residents in need with their winter energy bills. Proceeds were generated from this year’s PHI Community Foundation’s annual Golf & Tennis Classic. During its five-year history, the foundation has raised more than $1 million for energy-assistance programs. The following awards were then presented by Gwen Ferguson and Raymond Lambert of M&T Bank, UCAP’s Board Chair :

Corporate Leadership AwardPNC Bank

Community Leader/Non-profit ChampionThe Honorable Andrea C. Harrison, Prince George’s County Maryland Council Member, District 5

Community Leader/Non-profit ChampionThe Honorable Karen R. Toles, Prince George’s County Maryland Council Member, District 7

Non-Profit Partner of the YearCourage for Kids

Volunteer of the YearMs. Violet Carter, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 26

Community Service AwardNCB Capital Impact

Fannie Mae Homeless Walkathon PartnerLeigh Bodden Foundation

My thanks goes out to Phelan Marc for taking the day to cover UCAP and for sharing these beautiful photos with me!

– Miss A

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