On Tuesday, February 3, the City Commission recognized the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, as well as the event sponsors. Committee members are Leilani Smith, Patrick Campbell, Henry Andre, Jackie Bolden, Mildred Bryant, Dennis Buckanan, Joyce Campos, Ainsworth Clarke, Cheryl Cooper, Carolyn Courtney, Bessie Cristwell, Tom Etter, Mateus Falci, Marie Giacalone, Matt Hoffman, Lorraine Mayers, Dorothy Ruffin, Michael Singer, Flora Stitt, Herbert Taylor, Rev. Reginald Smith, Teri Triguba Williams, Andrea Whittaker and Emma Winston.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the following sponsors: Citibank (Title Sponsor), Wal-Mart, Coral Springs Advanced Cable Communications, Forum Publishing Group, Sun-Sentinel, Abundant Life Christian Center, The Links, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Maroone – Auto Nation Company, Kilwin’s Ice Cream at The Walk, McKinley Financial Services, Inc. and Whole Foods Market.
Commissioners also recognized the event performers, which include the Coral Glades High School ROTC and the Color Guard, saxophone soloist Markus Howell, Singing Hands by Westchester Wildcats, J.P. Taravella Drama Club, Student Speaker Amber Lorello, Ballet Elite, piano soloist Benjamin Carberry, and piano duet Katie Horne and Jessica Raspolich.
“From the community’s point of view, it’s great to have volunteers and it’s even more special that you all volunteered your time for the Martin Luther King Celebration,” Commissioner Roy Gold said.
As part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Coral Springs, the Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee offers a scholarship program in honor of Dr. King. The program is funded in large part by the Coral Springs Community Chest, donations sought from local businesses and other interested parties. Scholarships are awarded regardless of ethnicity, race or creed. Through the Committee’s efforts, over 100 high school seniors have received scholarships in varying amounts based primarily on financial need. The students apply the scholarship money towards tuition costs at any institution of higher learning. The scholarship is available to high school seniors who live in Coral Springs and attend one of the five high schools serving Coral Springs: J.P. Taravella High School, Coral Springs High School, Stoneman Douglas High School, Coral Springs Charter School and Coral Glades High School. For more information on the scholarship program or other sponsorship opportunities, please call Joyce Campos at 954-344-1005 or visit www.coralsprings.org/mlk.
Lastly, Commissioners proclaimed the month of February 2009 as Black History Month in recognition of the extraordinary contributions that African Americans have made to our community and to our nation. “We have so much to be proud of from our Black citizens and what they represent. Your work has been very much appreciated and we honor you during Black History Month,” Commissioner Gold added.