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
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
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.
Stratton Nash III
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
Old Line Bank
NAI Michael Companies
Southern Management Co.
SHF Project Owner, LLC
Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum
Blueline Security Services
Thomas Riley Strategies
Benjamin Banneker Development Corp.
Gold Path Sponsors
Buck Distributing Co.
Community First Development Corp., LLC
Dancing In Silence
Silver Path Sponsors
Shipley & Horne
O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
AHI Staffing Solutions
Prince George’s County Fraternal Order of Police
HD Squared Architects, LLC
Bronze Path Sponsors
Kenneth and Vernita Johnson
Marlene and Lorenzo Crowe
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!
THE GREATNESS GALA COMMITTEE
Shervonne Bell-Randall, Chair
GREATNESS GALA VOLUNTEERS
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.