Glitz, glamour and a whole lot of fun was evident at the 30th Anniversary Gala Scholarship Awards program, themed “Celebrating Black Business Wealth: The Harlem Renaissance to the 21st Century.”
More than 400 guests enjoyed the PRT Reach Foundation and The President’s RoundTable Gala that featured fabulous food and ladies dressed in extravagant ball gowns, cocktail dresses with embellished rhinestones, feather boas and high heels while many of the men wore three-piece tuxedos and bow ties. The real crowd pleaser for taking photos was a shiny new Cadillac 2014, along with the back drop of the street lamps, typical of the night lights seen during the Harlem Renaissance era.
In honor of the founding members of the Presidents’ Round Table, Raymond V. Haysbert, A. Tyrous “Terry” Addison, Dorothy E. Brunson and Osborne A. Payne, four $2,500 Entrepreneur Scholarships were awarded to students “in need” from HBCUs, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.
The 2013 President’s Award was presented to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Trailblazer Awards were presented to nationally syndicated columnist, senior analyst and now host of News One Now, Roland Martin, and Black Enterprise.
The Presidents’ RoundTable is an organization of 19 African-American entrepreneurs in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region which oversees and controls assets exceeding $800 million.
Sheila Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, is president of the President’s RoundTable and PRT Reach Foundation.