By Carla Thomas
Excited students, youth advocates and community leaders enjoyed EOYDC’s Pathway to College “Something For Everyone 7” fundraiser at the home of power couple Brian Shaw, the newly named head coach for the Indiana Pacers and celebrity chef Nikki Shaw.
The summer sun shone brightly amidst the balcony of the manse in the hills for the afternoon of art, wine and music celebrating college bound students with scholarships and honoring celebrities like comedian Mark Curry, NBA star Gary Payton, Golden State forward Vladimir Radmanovic and sports agent Aaron Goodwin for their dedication to future leaders with the “Champion for Youth” award.
Guests enjoyed poetry readings by EOYDC youth, a silent auction and the sounds of the Dong Ellington Jazz Quartet.
|Brian Shaw & Mark Curry|
“I give all the credit to Regina, she works hard every year all year and I’m excited about our inner city youth doing things and going to college,” said Nikki Shaw of Executive Director Regina Jackson who has worked tirelessly for the EOYDC for over 3 decades gave.
During the reception over 30 financial scholarships were presented to college bound students. While Jackson thanked all of her supporters, she recounted Payton’s first donation in previous years, in the generous amount of $100,000. “Gary Payton is not just an NBA champion he is a champion for people and specifically for you.”
|Pacer Coach Brian Shaw & Gary Payton|
It was an emotional moment for all when Shaw announced the recent passing of Curry’s father as he spoke at the podium. Shaw, who lost his own parents and sister in a car accident 19 years ago, embraced and consoled him. The Shaws also use this time of year to turn a tragic memory into a powerful one, by hosting the annual fundraiser. “This is the day before that accident, so it’s great to be able to turn this into a positive time,” he said. “I believe we have to live every day to the fullest and put God first,” added his wife Nikki, the featured chef for the L.A. Lakers and NBA.com.
KRON TV 4 Broadcaster Pam Moore has participated in EOYDC’s summer program for over five years and created the EOYDC Pathway to College Pam Moore Scholarship in the amount of (2) $2500 awards for deserving students for the next five years. Payton decided to match her amount for six years.
“I wanted to do something beyond the summer program because so many people helped me throughout my life and career and we all have to pass it on,” said Moore. "EOYDC is an organization I truly believe in and Regina is an inspirational leader who loves these children. She is committed."
|KRON Anchor Pam Moore & Sha'Quea Pratt|
recipient Sha’Quea Pratt.
Nikki Shaw’s mother, Paula Welsh of Welsh Communications, Del Roy Lindo and wife Nashormeh, radio personality Miranda Wilson, celebrity publicist Suzanne Summerville of Lifted PR, Cheri Dove of Nordstrom, EOYDC board president Gerry Dove also supported the event.
Pathway to College was created to prepare students for a smooth, uncomplicated and informed transition into college life including academic counseling, college tours and free assistance with financial options provided for 8th graders and up. For more information check out: www.eoydc.org