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Timothy Rand, entrepreneur, civic and business leader and one of 11 persons honored as a Chicago Defender Newsmaker on Saturday has been elected to the Board of Directors of ShoreBank, a subsidiary of ShoreBank Corp., the holding company. Rand is founder

Timothy Rand, entrepreneur, civic and business leader and one of 11 persons honored as a Chicago Defender Newsmaker on Saturday has been elected to the Board of Directors of ShoreBank, a subsidiary of ShoreBank Corp., the holding company. Rand is founder and majority owner of Midway Airport Concessionaires at Midway International Airport. When the company started in 1989, it was the airport’s only food and beverage concessions management company. In 2002, it received the contract to help redevelop the newly reconfigured concession area. Under Rand’s leadership, MAS built six new restaurants and improved some 6,300 square-feet of retail space at the airport. MAS now owns and operates 12 restaurants at Midway Airport. In addition, he is a principal of Airport Restaurant Management, a food and beverage concessions management company, and an investor in the Casino Queen, the Chicago Signature Services, LLC, which operates hospitality and banquet services at Navy Pier and McCormick Place.

Rand grew up in the family’s retail and wholesale liquor business, Midway Wholesalers, one of a few remaining independent beverage wholesalers on the South Side, which is still owned by other members of his family.

Rand, a grad of Southern Illinois University and a resident of the Kenwood community, is a co-founder of the annual Chicago Football Classic, which stresses the importance of education to African American students and supports historically African American colleges and universities. His community service and civic activities involve organizations whose missions embrace education: Chicago Urban League, Make a Wish Foundation, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, DuSable Museum and the Council on Chicago Public School Partnerships.

“Rand will be an excellent addition to our board,” said Ron Grzywinski, ShoreBank Corp.’s chair and co-founder. “His business acumen, management experience and extensive record of community leadership will be great assets as we position ShoreBank for continued growth and work to extend our impact within the community.

Attn: Single Mamas!–If you’re a successful single mom, The Nielsen Co. and singlemamahood.com wants to recognize you at a tribute to “Super Single Mamas” – never married, divorced, separated or widowed African American women who are beating the odds by successfully raising their children alone, while making a mark in their community. One “Single Mama of the Year” will be honored and eight outstanding Super Single Mamas – nominated by the mothers’ family, friends and co-workers will be saluted for their outstanding parenting, career and community contributions at the third annual Sweet Singlemamahood Holiday High Tea, a free event for 200 single moms on Dec. 14, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., at The Narcissus Room at Macy’s on State St..

“Single motherhood is growing across all ethnic groups,” says Keisha Smith, Neilsen’s public affairs manager. “According to the National Center for Health Statistics, unmarried women head nearly 70 percent of households and the trend has many unique implications. At Nielsen, we believe that everyone counts, that’s why we’ve chosen the holiday season to tell single mothers, ‘You matter to your family and your community. We want to help alleviate some of the stress that’s so prevalent particularly around the holidays.’”

During the tea, “single mamas” will receive a much-needed break and a special performance by songbird Terisa Griffin. Defender readers are invited to nominate their favorite “single mama” by submitting a 100-word essay describing her contributions to family, career and community. Send e-mails to: nominations@rjdale.com Single mamas may also nominate themselves to receive one of the eight special awards. Include name, phone number and address for nominee and for the nominator. The deadline is Nov. 14. If you would like to attend the Annual Sweet Singlemamahood High Tea, send an e-mail or call (312) 267.4564 with the names of guests.

Hats Off!–Burrell Communications Group has been selected by Urban Brands as the agency of record for marketing communications for its Ashley Stewart brand in more than 220 locations, from New York to Los Angeles. Ashley Stewart is an industry leader in delivering sophisticated lifestyle apparel and accessories for the fashion-conscious, plus-size woman. Over the next five-seven years, priorities include the expansion of stores, remodeling existing stores in influential fashion markets and leveraging existing brand equity to accelerate long-term growth. Burrell will oversee advertising, e-marketing and engagement marketing. The agency’s first order of business will be the launch of the new Butterfly Bra inspired by Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott. Urban Brands Inc. is the parent company of Ashley Stewart Stores and Marianne, leading women’s specialty stores across the U. S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ashley Stewart as one of our newest clients,” said McGhee Williams Osse, Burrell Communications’ co-CEO. “This is a brand that celebrates all that is strong, confident and beautiful about women. We look forward to adding resonance to their voice in the community.”

Happy B’Day–to Bernie Bickerstaff, 64, Chicago Bulls’ new assistant coach who spent last season as executive vice president of Basketball Operations for the Charlotte Bobcats. Before that, he served as the Bobcats’ head coach/GM during their first three years in the NBA. Hailing from Benham, Ky., Bickerstaff has over 30 years of NBA experience, including 13-plus seasons as a head coach, going 415-517 (.445) during that span and 12-21 (.364) in the postseason. Bickerstaff was also head coach for the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets and Washington Bullets/Wizards. He’s coached his teams to the NBA playoffs five times and was named the 1987 NBA Coach of the Year while with Seattle.

And b’day cheer to Ivy Hendon Jackson, director of the Women’s Chorus at Trinity United Church of Christ, and the Defender’s Alvita Rhone, who celebrated Tuesday along with President-elect Barack Obama.

Newsy Names–Dr. Margaret Goss Burroughs, founder and president emeritus of DuSable Museum, receives a lifetime achievement award Friday at CSU’s Annual Alumni Awards Celebration at the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel. Frank G. Pogue, interim CSU president, presides. Tickets: are $65.

Prayers go up for Larry Gross, the Defender’s sports editor in Jesse Brown Veterans’ Administration Hospital, 820 S. Damen, 5- West, Room #5670, Chicago, 60612. Please send cards and/or give him a call, (312) 569-8638.

Tim and Sandra Rand raised dollars in the thousands at a fundraiser in their Kenwood manse for Anita Alvarez, candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney.

Sympathy to Teyonda Wertz-Seay, chief of staff, Ill. Dept. of Human Services, on the loss of her sister, Sarah Lee McWhite. Services were Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Grande Gala–Sandra and Timothy Rand (left), gala co-chairs, with “Margaret Garner” cast member, Mary Elizabeth Williams (Cilla) during Sunday’s lavish Gala Dinner at the Palmer House following Sunday’s soldout performance of the opera at The Auditorium Theatre. “Margaret Garner, which starred renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in the title role,” is based on the true story of one of the most significant and controversial cases of all antebellum fugitive slave epics. The last of five performances is Saturday night.

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