Saturday, May 29, 2004

Dinner celebrates 60 years of activism

The Cincinnati Enquirer

The National Conference for Community and Justice, Greater Cincinnati Region, raised more than a half-million dollars Thursday night at its 60th anniversary awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

"It is one of our main fund-raisers," said Christine A. Jarman, program director. "I believe we raised about $550,000 through a combination of corporate sponsorships and in honor of the individuals awarded. We had a wonderful night. Marvin Lewis was our honorary chair and A.J. Lafley was the dinner chair."

Dr. Inayat K. Malik, head of the conference board, presented the Distinguished Service Citation to William T. Robinson III, Yvonne C. Robertson, James E. Rogers and Dianne Dunkelman.

A video in honor of its 60th anniversary was presented to launch the organization's "Be the Change Challenge," a multi-year campaign, showing what the Cincinnati group is doing now to work for positive changes.

"Ten years ago, we wanted to give a gift to the city. It was the idea of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center," said Jarman. "It is really about community engagement - everyone can do something to make a positive change."

Jarman said the video will probably be shown at other National Conference for Community and Justice Cincinnati events.

Another part of the challenge will be presented Oct. 16 at the annual Walk as One Walk-A-Thon, a benefit for the NCCJ and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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