The evening of Tuesday, December 8, 2015 was Path to Greatness’ first annual fundraising gala. With a name like “The Greatness Gala” we had a lot to live up to. We couldn’t be more pleased that our supportive guests felt we had done just that.



The venue was filled with festive décor, live jazz, good food, delicious cocktails and an amazing guest list. We couldn’t have wished for a better backdrop for the celebration of our successes. The increases in volunteerism and philanthropy, since the inception of Path to Greatness, were celebrated with the very special individuals and businesses that help us to fulfill our mission.
Congratulations to our Award Recipients!

GREATNESS GALA AWARD RECIPIENTS | GREATNESS DESERVES RECOGNITION

The Christa Beverly Award | Outstanding Volunteerism & Philanthropy

Janet Thomas | Dancing in Silence

Purchased hot, nutritious meals for 500 and helped to serve them | Led the Dancing in Silence Tai Chi team to volunteer in multiple events | Provided over 150 bags of toiletries for the homeless | Decorated homeless shelter bulletin boards | Served in kitchen for shelter community day | Donates consistently | Inspired our progress | Bronze Sponsor for this first Greatness Gala

Janelle Miley | Global Strategies

Developed and managed the Grant Awarding process for Path to Greatness | Actively secures donor funding when need is most critical | Personally supports every fundraising effort | Volunteers to provide professional research, grant writing, consulting and management whenever needed | Inspired our progress

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The Caught in the Act! Award | Volunteerism

Frank Valdivieso | Gryphon Consulting

Volunteers IT services at a moment’s notice | Provided and implemented a donated copy of Microsoft 365 to streamline our business management | Enthusiastically consults Trustees and staff | Provides instructional presentations | Consistently supports our fundraising efforts without being asked

Jerry Doremus | Doremus Designs

Volunteered his expertise to develop our mobile ready, state-of-the art website | Provided highly responsive website maintenance at no cost | Goes the extra mile to research and suggest ways to promote our cause and save critical funds through smart usage of our site | Gives of his time to encourage our cause

Antonio Jones | Largo Community Church

Inspired our partnership with the generous congregation of Largo Community Church which established our successful Toy Drive | Acts as Santa delivering Christmas toys to our Showin Love kids | Expanded our partnership with LCC leading to the first Christmas Blessings for Neighbors Gospel Concert funding Christmas shopping sprees for 15 families in need | Actively promotes and inspires others to join forces w/Path to Greatness.

The Caught in the Act! Award | Philanthropy

Marvin Davis | MD Consulting

Learning of our commitment to inspire youth volunteerism and philanthropy, he unexpectedly volunteered $5K | Funded the production and printing of our first piece of promotional literature and the production of our Showin Love PSA video | Sponsored Breakfast and Lunch for our Golf Tournament | Inspirational supporter

Mary Hopkins-Navies | McDonald’s

Provided McDonald’s meals for 500 at a local homeless shelter | Donated 25 UniverSoul Circus tickets for our Showin Love kids | Facilitated a Meals for Neighbors event w/McDonald’s breakfast meals for 500 on MLK Day 2015 | Donated $500 to provide Christmas gifts for the teens of our Showin Love Program | Bronze Sponsor for this first Greatness Gala

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The Chris Canales Showin Love Award | Youth Volunteerism

Posthumous Award for Youth Committee Member, Chris Canales
Presented to his parents:
Mishonne and Frank Bonds
Vince and Robin Canales

Chris Canales, a member of our Path to Greatness Youth Committee, recently passed on October 27, 2015 of an asthma attack at the age of 23. He will forever be a part of Path to Greatness. His powerful spirit of volunteerism remains with us through the Showin Love phrase he coined. He will continue to inspire young and old through his musical production of the powerfully positive rap song, Showin Love.

Youth Recipients of the Chris Canales Showin Love Award for 2015

These young award recipients have exemplified a true spirit and commitment to volunteerism, working long hours, weekends and whatever was necessary to help build Path to Greatness and promote our mission. They are leaders for their generation, spreading an interest in social responsibility and making a difference.

Sky Lawson
Nakesha Hauser
Stratton Nash III
Cameron Colbert
Brent Restifo
Jet Lawson
Aja Baker
Nzingha Shaw
Quinci Baker

Chris’ final Act of Greatness was to save a life with the donation of his healthy, loving heart.

The legacy of Chris Canales’ volunteerism and philanthropy has strengthened our commitment to inspiring youth. We know that by first Showin Love and embracing our generational differences, we can expand the social responsibility of our youth. With your help, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.


THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS SPONSORS THAT MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE!

Platinum Path Sponsors


Gingles, LLC
Old Line Bank
NAI Michael Companies
Pepco
Southern Management Co.
Forestville Plaza
SHF Project Owner, LLC
Facchina
Charles McPherson
Lanier Electronics
Carrollton Enterprises
Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum
Blueline Security Services
Capstone Development
Cigna
InStyle Caterers
Insuraty
Whiting Turner
BGE
Thomas Riley Strategies
DMVelite.com
MGM
Benjamin Banneker Development Corp.
National Studios
M-NCPPC

Gold Path Sponsors


Buck Distributing Co.
Kingdon Gould
Community First Development Corp., LLC
Berman Enterprises
Dancing In Silence
Comcast
Train Printing

Silver Path Sponsors


Shipley & Horne
O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
Goode Trucking
AHI Staffing Solutions
F&L Construction
Prince George’s County Fraternal Order of Police
HD Squared Architects, LLC

Bronze Path Sponsors


McDonald’s
Kenneth and Vernita Johnson
Glenda Wilson
Marlene and Lorenzo Crowe
Jason Williams
Prince George’s Economic Development Corp.
Friends of Rush Baker
Ericka Hopkins, Soprano Vocalist

AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO RH MEDIA, TRAIN PRINTING AND WHOLE FOODS AND TO OUR GREATNESS GALA COMMITTEE, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF!

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THE GREATNESS GALA COMMITTEE

Shervonne Bell-Randall, Chair
Danielle Basilio
Melanie Hartwig-Davis
Danielle Harris
Joan Harris
Calvin Hawkins
Gwen McCall
Aja Baker
Quinci Baker
Nzingha Shaw
Tracey Brown
Janelle Wright
Janet Cook
Mishonne Bonds
Margaret Haywood

GREATNESS GALA VOLUNTEERS

Hazel Bell
Devin Watts
Danita Wedge
Tonami Wells-Briley
Alana Wright
Chante’ Wedge
Myra Lopez
Katharina Washington
Cyndee Cowan
Nita Barber
Karen Farmer
Yvonne Haywood
Beverly Holland
Thelma Holland
Jackie Holland
Pooja Tenaja
Letitia Jenkins
Jennifer Avelar
Allie Juarez

STAFF

Michelle Haywood – Executive Director
Aja Baker – Assistant Director
Joan Harris – Administrator
Nzingha Shaw – Program Assistant
Quinci Baker – Admin Assistant
Margaret Haywood – IT Support
Elon Blake – Graphics

To receive an invitation to next year’s Greatness Gala 2016, click here.