Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards Ceremony Returns Post Pandemic

The in-person ceremony will celebrate those who assist to make the equable for people with disabilities

(Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition cordially invites you to attend their 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Friday, March 31st from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center located at 201 Abraham Flexner Way.

There will be a reception prior to the ceremony for special guests, honorees and those participating in the program. We will also honor our 2020 recipients. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to celebrate them previously. 

This year’s guest speaker is April Bridgeman Morrow.  Currently, she is a substitute teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools as she completes her doctorate degree in K-12 leadership.  The former ‘Outstanding Teacher of the Year’ by the East Chicago, Indiana Public School District. Morrow is a graduate of Valparaiso University. Her career spans over 30 years in education. She even founded a private Christian school with grades K though 6th in Merrillville, Indiana that quickly grew to 12th grade.  As a music teacher, Morrow’s students have performed all over the U.S. from contests in the Midwest to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.   

The awards ceremony is for the community’s unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. We are excited to announce this year’s honorees several of which are from Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS).    

Here is a list of this year’s Breaking Barriers Spotlight Award honorees:

 Leslie Jones

Lifetime Achievement Award

Theo Hamilton

Merit Award

Mary Payton

George McEwing

Teri Kiper

Cathy Spalding

Joann Orr

Certificate of Merit

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Community Honoree

Breaking Barriers Spotlight Student & Teacher Awards recipients: 

Students

Jayden Hernandez Mendoza

Hazelwood Elementary

De’Von Jones

Kammerer Middle School

Michael Washington-Cox

Waggener High School

Teachers

Deedra Njuguna

Special Education Teacher

Binet School (Elementary)

Julie Fox

MSD Teacher

Lassiter Middle School

Tara Conner

MSD Teacher

Doss High School

Please post announce and/or post our event on your media platforms. If you would like to setup an interview, please contact VIPP Communications at booking@vippcommunications.com.

THREE COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL HONORED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORT OF MOLO VILLAGE

Official News Release

(Louisville, KY) MOLO Village CDC announces their 3rd Annual MOLO African Gala on Saturday, March 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at LCCC located at 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. 

The gala is an evening of Black Excellence and Elegance with guests encouraged to wear African attire and/or black tie as you enjoy a special performance by The Unlimited Show Band.  Three deserving individuals in our community will receive the MOLO Village Community Award. 

This year’s awardees will be Dave Christopher Sr., Executive Director, and Founder of AMPED; Honorable Colonel Pamela Stevenson, State Representative for Kentucky House District 43; and Honorable Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Mayor from 2011 to 2023. 

Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, President & CEO of MOLO Village says, “We know it takes a village to make this community better. People from all walks of life and their perspectives professions is what makes a community whole.  This year’s honorees exemplify leadership even through adversity.  We invite the community to community and celebrate with us.” 

Tickets for the 3rd Annual MOLO African Gala can be purchased on Eventbrite. You can also purchase tickets at MOLO Village CDC at the Village @ West Jefferson, Ste. 204 or at  www.molovillagecdc.org.  Individual tickets are $100 plus service fees and a table for 8 is $850 plus services fees.  

We would like to thank all our supporters for making this event a succuss including the following sponsors: AARP of Kentucky, Norton Institute of Health Equity, The Church Building and Loan Fund of the United Church of Christ, LG&E and KU Energy, Russell Places of Promise and the Cabinet of Health and Human Services Ministries (CHSSM) of the United Church of Christ. 

This year’s proceeds benefit the MOLO Village CDC. 

If you would like to setup an interview with Dr. Ferguson, contact VIPP communications by calling 502-341-7306 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also invite you to cover the gala.  Please post and/or announce on your community calendars. 

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