The VIPP Report: 100 Black Men of Louisville Bridging the gap in academic excellence

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The 100 Black Men of Louisville will host a “Town Hall Meeting” on Thursday, October 22nd at the Metro United Way Building, 334 East Broadway. The breakfast and meeting will start at 8:00am and conclude at 10:00am.   The topic being discussed “African American Students Achieving at High Levels” How can we work together for their success.

This event is part of a National Call to Action by the 100 Black Men of America with the focus on Academic Achievement of African American youth in particular males. Dr. Kevin Cosby, President of Simmons College and Sr. Pastor for St. Stephen Church will be the keynote speaker.

The panel will be comprised of business and community leaders.   The following have confirmed their participation: Joe Tolan, President & CEO of Metro United Way; John Marshall, JCPS Assistant Superintendent & representative for 15K initiative; and At Large Board Member from the National Office of 100 Black Men of America. Mr. Kofi Darku will facilitate the discussion.

We strongly encourage parents, guardians and members of the community to take an active role in the success of our youth. By attending and asking the questions show that you are concerned about your child’s academic achievement. Involvement is the key to success.

Kevin Wigginton, President of 100 Black Men of Louisville says “We work hard on a regular basis to make sure our youth continue to have opportunities at a higher level. By working with the public education system we can see the process and the loopholes that separate the achievers from the non-achievers. We are doing everything we can to bridge that gap. By hosting an event like this helps all entities get an opportunity to voice their concerns and make sure everyone is on the same page moving forward. We invite you to come out and be a part of the solution”.

To learn more about 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization their programs, special events and how you can get involved go to 100bmol.org or call 502-457-9941.

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Who:     100 Black Men of Louisville Town Hall Meeting

What:     Town Hall Meeting & Breakfast

Where:   Metro United Way, 332 East Broadway

Time:     8:00 am-10:00 am

*Media invited to attend the meeting and interviews from guests are available

Mission

The mission of 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

Here’s a link to the flyer -> townhall100

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The VIPP Report: 100 Black Men of Louisville announces Black Street featuring Teddy Riley as their Kentucky Derby gala entertainment

blackstreetteddyrileyofficialWe are just a few weeks away from the Kentucky Derby and events are beginning to roll in as the city prepares for the greatest two minutes in sports.  The 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Scholarship Gala is one of the premiere pre-Derby events and I have confirmed that on Thursday, April 30th, the gala will have Grammy Award winning R&B, Soul & New Jack Swing group, Black Street featuring Teddy Riley.  The gala will be held at the Galt House East in the Grand Ballroom at 7:00 p.m.

Red Carpet begins at 6:15 p.m. along with the opening of the lounge area and bidding on the auction. At 7:00 p.m. the doors of the grand ballroom opens followed by the program and live performance for Black Street featuring Teddy Riley.  Guests will hear hits like “No Diggity” and “Before I Let You Go”.

Kevin Wigginton, President of 100 Black Men of Louisville says “We are excited about this year’s entertainment but I’m more excited that we as an organization can create such a great event that in turns goes right back into this community to assist our youth on some many levels. We are definitely partying with a purpose and that’s what it’s all about.   I hope everyone comes out and has a great time.”

Individual tickets are $200 and a table of 10 is $2,000. To purchase tickets and/or to be a sponsor, go to http://100bmol.org/ or by calling 502-457-9941.

The 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Scholarship Gala was made possible due to the support of our program sponsors: Humana, General Electric (GE), PNC Bank, Norton’s & Net Grain.

Proceeds benefit the Mentoring, Education and Health & Wellness programs of 100 Black Men of Louisville.

To learn more about 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization their programs, special events and how you can get involved go to 100bmol.org.

To setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  You can also follow us on Twitter @vippcomm.

The VIPP Report: 100 Black Men of Louisville will honor students for their commitment to academics, community service, and leadership

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STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS AT A RECEPTION TO HELP THEM WITH COLLEGE EXPENSES

On Sunday, April 19th, 100 Black Men of Louisville will host along with Fourth Street Live a Scholarship Reception at 441 S. Fourth Street in the Tavern Hall on the second level from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They will recognize and award their 2015 scholarship recipients. Twelve students will honored because they meet the values, mission and eligibility criteria outlined by the organization.  From their academic intellectual development, spirituality, justice, integrity, leadership to respect for family is just a few of the attributes that these students exemplify.

Students will receive scholarships and awards from Georgetown College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University and the 100 Black Men of Louisville.   Representatives from each institution will be in attendance for the celebration.  Those scholarship dollars will assist youth in completing their educational goals by providing resources to offset expenses associated with tuition, books and housing.

Kevin Wigginton, President of 100 Black Men of Louisville expects greatness from the youth and applauds the commitment from their partners. He says “The purpose of the scholarship reception is to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of our Mentees and students in the community who are our Future Leaders.  We hope that with the support of the 100 Black Men of Louisville and the support of our College, University and Corporate Partners these students will be inspired to give back to and make a difference with someone else.  I’m asking the community to come out and celebrate with us as we congratulate this group and their families.”

If you would like to setup an interview with Kevin Wigginton and/or a scholarship recipient, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502.295.0435 or by email at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization their programs, special events and how you can get involved go to 100bmol.org.

***Derby event announcement

100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Scholarship Gala will be held on Thursday, April 30th in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East.  Entertainment will be announced next week.  One of their top 1990’s hit is currently being played during a national commercial.  You have been humming and patting your foot to the tune and you can see them live in Louisville.  Stay tuned for the official announcement.

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Mission

The mission of 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.