Black Tie Affair honors mentors

By: Marlynne Boyer, Contributing Writer
Reiterating the theme “Fostering International Community” throughout the program, Multicultural Programs and Services held its fourth annual international student scholarship drive known as the Black Tie Affair on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Wolfe University Center Ballroom.

Mentors were recognized and awarded with weekend stays at either the Fountainebleau Hilton, Ocean Reef, the Sheridan or a copy of Dr. Daryl Hunt’s book, “Community Moments and Teachable Seconds.”

Dr. Brian Haynes, Dr. Gregory B. Wolfe and Helen Ellison presented the community building awards.The award recipients were Richard Garrick, professor Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, who donated money for a scholarship endowment for Haitian-American students, Dr. Vandon White, who submitted a grant proposal to the Federal Dept. of Health and Human Services to address crime prevention among middle school students, Kawachi Clemens and Dorethea Domond, from the Opa-Locka Rotary Club which sponsored a scholarship that contributed over $50,000 for Opa-Locka students to attend FIU.

The mentorship program works with Miami-Dade high schools.

Originally, this event started as a scholarship drive for Bahamian students and eventually became international.

The mentorship program by MPAS has reached Frederick Douglass Elementary, H.D. Perry Middle, Lake Stevens Middle, Liberty City Charter School, Norland Middle, John F. Kennedy Middle and North-Dade Middle.

BBC Student Government President Adrian Carter presented Dr. Deryl Hunt with the Inclusive Community Building Founder’s Award. “If you were to look up in a dictionary the definition of community builder, you would see a picture of Deryl Hunt,” Carter said.

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