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Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders Honored for Achievements

The Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (DVL) Project held its 8th annual Tribute Awards in celebration of Black History Month in a Hollywood Awards format, honoring local individuals for their achievements and service. “It is our privilege to recognize 10 extraordinary High Desert individuals for their professional accomplishments and community service,” stated DVL Founder, Regina Weatherspoon-Bell. Mistress of Ceremonies Actress/Singer Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” “Better Call Saul,” “Major Crimes”) hosted an afternoon of honor, history and entertainment featuring DVL Lifetime Achievement Honorees Dr. Vincent E. Ajanwachuku and Dr. Mildred Dalton Hampton-Henry. Other 2016 honorees were: Mina Blazy, Principal, Gus Franklin Jr. STEM Academy; Dr. Lakieta L. Emanuel, Chief Clinical Director of HD Speech & Language Center, Inc.; Cedric Evans, Co- Founder & President, Field Hogz Sports; Alexandra Gessesse, Youth Academic Achievement & Community Service; Thomas & Tamara Lee, President & Vice President High Desert Black Heritage Committee; Vickie Mack, Executive Director, Sterling Solutions; and, Joan Rudder-Ward, MBA, CPP. A special Tribute Award was given to Nancy Jackson of Southern California Edison for her outstanding service as High Desert Public Affairs Region Manager. Performances by musician Al Castro, vocalists Janice Freeman and Glenn Dumas; plus an art exhibition; “Finding My Voice…Works spanning 1958 – 2016” showcased the works of local acclaimed artist, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft. For more information about the DVL organization, programs and events, call (760) 242-2487 or visit www.dvlproject.com. The DVL Project is an affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation.

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