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Date(s) - 10/19/2013
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Grand Ballroom of the Cleveland Convention Center

The Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) has selected Dr. R. A. Vernon, Founder and Senior Pastor of “THE WORD” Church, to receive the 2013 Black Professional of the Year award. This prestigious honor recognizes distinguished African Americans who have demonstrated excellence in leadership and made significant contributions to the community.

The black-tie ceremony and fundraising gala will be hosted by Honorary Chairpersons the Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of the City of Cleveland and 2012 Black Professional of the Year; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., civic leader and pastor emeritus at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Ms. Pamela Marshall Holmes, Senior Director of Community Outreach for The Cleveland Clinic; Mr. Jerry Kelsheimer, Regional President of Fifth Third Bank; and Dr. Myrna Corley, Superintendent of East Cleveland Schools.

This year’s theme is “Reaching Back, Paying Forward; Through Faith, Impact and Education.”

Patrons of the event will be treated to an evening of fine dining and live entertainment, climaxed with a salute to Dr. Vernon for his outstanding service to Cleveland. Proceeds from this premier annual fundraising event will be used to further the mission of BPACF by providing deserving college-bound students from Northeast Ohio with scholarship and leadership development opportunities.

Over $2.6 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 500 African-American students since 1985.

Tickets for the gala are on sale at www.bpacf.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available through September 30, 2013 at http://bpacf.org/documentation/2013_Sponsorship_Package.pdf. For additional information, please call 216-229-7110.