Teesee’s Town: Defender Charities to award $300,000 in college scholarships

Several college scholarships will be given by the Chicago Defender Charities at its Bud Billiken Scholarships Awards Gala on Thursday at the DuSable Museum. The event recognizes and celebrates the student recipients during a festive evening with family an

Several college scholarships will be given by the Chicago Defender Charities at its Bud Billiken Scholarships Awards Gala on Thursday at the DuSable Museum. The event recognizes and celebrates the student recipients during a festive evening with family and friends that highlights the importance of education. The goal, so says Col. Eugene Scott, CDC president, “is to honor accomplished persons whose community service work in some way encourages, embraces and furthers the educational goals of our youth.”

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Colonel Eugene Scott

Anchored by the world renowned Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, indeed one of the largest back-to-school parades and cultural celebrations in the nation, the Defender Charities annually award more than $300,000 in college scholarships to deserving African-American students. It also gives food baskets to over 2,000 of the city’s neediest families at Christmas and feeds five homeless shelters on Thanksgiving. In addition, the Charities make direct contributions of over $50,000 to organizations serving inner-city youth. For $250 tickets to the Gala, call (773) 536-3712.

This year marks Bud Billiken’s 80th year. With last year’s festivities seeing over 75,000 participants, 1.5 million along the parade route and over 25 million watching in their homes around the country, this 80th year will undoubtedly be monumental to say the least!

Congrats – to retired suburban principal, Otto Bradford, on receiving the “Distinguished 2009 Alumni Award” from Lincoln University of Missouri, at the 69th National Alumni Association Convention in Memphis. Bradford was named by the association’s Board of Directors to receive the highly coveted honor “for having selfishly given of his time, talent and monetary support to LU, the national association and the Chicago chapter of which he is president.”

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Otto Bradford

Fore! Play! – Indeed a Chicago legend, Bob (“Butterbean”) Love, retired pro basketball player who spent the prime of his career with the Chicago Bulls and is now its community relations director, is honorary chair of the 13th Annual Golf Outing sponsored by St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church. The fundraiser, Aug. 5 at the University Golf Club in University Park, kick-starts with registration at 9 a.m.; tee times at 10 a.m. The day continues with a reception and line-dancing at 3 p.m.; dinner at 4:30 p.m., followed by an auction. Costs: $150 for golfers; $35 for non-golfers (dinner only!). First and second place prizes will go to low gross scores for men and women.

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Bob "Butterbean" Love

Golf outing spearheads: Wendell Gates, Patricia Harper and Atty. Howard Ward, chairs; the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Tolliver, rector; and the Rev. Israel D. Anchan, assistant rector. Persons wishing to donate auction items should contact Charisse Linder, (773) 951- 6674. For other inquiries and registration info, contact Dianna Coleman, (773) 288- 0038, or send an e-mail to stedmundschurch@ aol.com. Registration closes Aug. 2.

Biblical Art – Trinity United Church of Christ, pastored by the Rev. Otis Moss III, joins with renown artist, Samuel Akainyah, to unveil Creation, six separate panels depicting the entire creation sequence as told by Moses in the Book of Genesis, on Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at the church, 400 W. 95th St. Akainyah’s work, representing the seventh day of the creation, is accompanied by a musical score composed by Akainyah and titled "…And He Rests."

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 Samuel Akainyah

This is the first work of art depicting the creation sequence painted by a Black artist and the first with its own orchestra score written by the artist. Akainyah created the work in memory of the late Pope John Paul II and Akainyah’s brother, the late Sir Lawrence B. Akainyah, recipient of The Papal Investiture of The Order of Gregory The Great. It was the desire of the artist to create a visual interpretation “that allows all African children around the world to see God in their own image.” In addition, a limited edition lithograph of one of the scenes from Creation will be available for purchase.

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