Location: Fleur de Lis
870 Cypress Avenue,
Ridgewood, New York
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9th, 2011 • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
The members of the Brooklyn Branch of Key Women of America, Inc. will pay tribute to Executive Director, Matthew Okebiyi, of the African American Planning Commission, as their “Man of the Year” for 2011. This Award pays tribute to worthy individuals for their accomplishments and public service.
The award is to be presented at the Key Women of America’s Thirty-Fourth Annual Awards Luncheon that will be held at the Fleur de Lis, 870 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, New York.
So that all family, friends, and well-wishers can share in this event, the Awards Committee has made available formal invitations. Tickets are $65 per person.
Proceeds from the luncheon are used to support local scholarship programs and to make a donation to the United Negro College Fund and the Medgar Evers Community Council Scholarship Fund (to date the Key Women of America have contributed over $86,000 to the UNCF).
About the Key Women of America, Inc:
Key Women of America, Inc. is a community service organization founded in 1954 by the Reverend Bertha Nelms Harris, an ordained minister, who had a deep desire to address the needs of children in the home, schools, institutions, and in conflict with the law. She called on women leaders to join with her to address these concerns. The women who joined with her she called “Key Women”, and, what began as a small group of women in Harlem, New York, grew into a larger group and on December 23, 1966, they were incorporated as Key Women of America, Inc. and chose as their theme: Investment In Children, Family Service, Community Needs and World Concerns. With Manhattan as the Parent Body, branches began to be formed in other boroughs, including Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Branch was organized in 1972 under the leadership of Mrs. Lillian James. The officers and members are a group of civic minded women who are dedicated to Key Women’s Theme. Since its inception, the Branch has undertaken a variety of worthy causes that have included but are not limited to:
- Sponsorship of the Annual Awards/Scholarship Luncheon. Proceeds from the Luncheon are used to support our local scholarship programs, the Medgar Evers College Community Council Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund (to date we have contributed over $80,000.00 to UNCF). At the Luncheon, we also pay tribute to worthy individuals for their accomplishments. They serve as positive role models for our youths who receive scholarships.
- Organizing recreational, educational, and cultural field trips for youths.
- Donating Thanksgiving baskets to needy families.
- Providing an after school computer training program at Medgar Evers College for more than 50 children.
- Participating in the MTEC / Africare Tree Planting Project to reforest a village in Senegal.
- Participating in the “Angel Tree” project through Prison Fellowship.
- Sponsoring a Christmas party and gifts for residents at a Brooklyn Nursing Home.
- Contributing to the Lewis E. Latimer Fund
- Supporting SHARE (Self Help For Women With Breast or Ovarian Cancer).
- Participating in the Annual Welcome Back to Brooklyn Day, sponsored by the Brooklyn Borough President which is attended by thousands of people and contributes to community pride.
For tickets or additional information regarding Key Women of America’s “34th Annual Awards/Scholarship” Luncheon, please contact the Key Women of America, Brooklyn Office at (718) 221-9895. For more information about Matthew Okebiyi, please visit: http://aapci.org/about/execbios.htm