Community College Of Philadelphia 2012 Pathways Dinner Honors Civic Stars and Funds Student Scholarships

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25, 2012—The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation will host its 2012 Pathways Awards Celebration at 6 p.m. on November 1, 2012, to raise money for gifted local college students and honor outstanding leaders and organizations that improve the city’s quality of life.

Alba Martinez, a principle at Vanguard and longtime social services advocate, and entertainment insider and philanthropist, Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston, are honorees at this year’s glittering event, which will be held from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Vie, 600 N. Broad St. Major sponsors of the event include University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Daniel Veloric Foundation.
Martinez, who leads Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group, will receive the prestigious Bonnell Award, named for the College’s founding president, Allen T. Bonnell.  Alston, widely known as “Charlie Mack,” will receive the City Impact Award in recognition for his philanthropy and humanitarian efforts. The Foundation will present Bank of America with The Corporate Philanthropy Award, and give special recognition to the Gilroy and Lillian Roberts Foundation and the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation.

“We are proud to recognize these exemplary individuals and organizations. They share Community College of Philadelphia’s vision that high quality education should be accessible to all, and they work diligently to enhance the lives of Philadelphia residents,” said Foundation Board President Arlene M. Yocum.

This year, the Foundation is tapping five Community College of Philadelphia Champions - opinion shapers and local personalities - who will advocate for the College and help increase its visibility in the city and around the region.

The 2012 Champions are:

  • Marsha Ambrosius, recording artist and songwriter, nominated for “Best International Performance” for the 2012 Soul Train Awards.
  • Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., associate professor of Education at Columbia University, TV personality, author and a leading voice among hip-hop generation intellectuals.
  • Loraine Ballard Morrill, director of News and Community Affairs for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s six Philadelphia radio stations  (Power 99 FM, WDAS 105.3 FM, Radio 104.5 FM, Mix 106.1, WDAS 1480 AM, and Q102 FM), and host/producer of the community affairs programs “Insight” and “What’s Going On”.
  •  Kijafa Vick, co-owner of PNK Elephant, a fashionable South Street jewelry and accessories boutique, and founder of the PNK Dress Foundation.
  •  Dyana Williams, CEO of Influence Entertainment, a media consulting and artist development firm; television and radio personality, and co-founder of the International Association of African American Music Foundation.

The evening begins with cocktails and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., immediately followed by an exclusive after party ending at 11:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships and programs at Community College of Philadelphia. Individual tickets are $225 for the entire evening. Tickets to attend the after party only are available for $50 and will be available at the door. To purchase tickets go to:

About the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation enhances and enriches the education experiences of students by providing external resources to support the College's mission. The Foundation recently completed its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, raising more than $17 million, far surpassing its $10 million goal. Each year, an average of 725 scholarships - totaling nearly $1milllion - are made available through the College Foundation and the Office of Institutional Advancement.