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Black Belt Community Foundation's Legacy Awards - The Alabama Black Belt Comes to Birmingham's Harbert Center, October 22, 2015

The Black Belt Community Foundation Announces Its October 22, 2015 Legacy Awards Dinner and Fundraiser Honoring Three of Its Heroes, Board Member Justice John England Jr. and Retiring Board Members and Founders George McMillan Jr. and Dr. Carol Zippert

Birmingham, AL, July 13, 2016 --( The Black Belt Community Foundation proudly announces The Legacy Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 22 at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham, Alabama at 6pm. The purpose of this special event will be twofold: to honor three of its ‘BBCF Heroes” board members (two retiring and one current) Justice John England Jr. formerly of the Alabama Supreme Court and currently presiding 6th circuit judge, Former Alabama Lieutenant Governor George McMillan Jr., and Dr. Carol Zippert, educator, philanthropist, poet, and founder of the Greene County Democrat newspaper. Both Dr. Zippert and Mr. McMillan who have retired from the board helped found The Black Belt Community Foundation ten years ago in an effort to uplift the large, multi-county area of the state known as the Alabama Black Belt, a region historically challenged across a wide variety of issues including poverty, high unemployment, educational setbacks, and economic development, to name but a few.

Black Belt Community President and Executive Director Felecia L. Lucky says:

"The Black Belt Community Foundation is thrilled to be able to host this event conveniently in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama at the Harbert Center. We feel this is a good way to connect with all of our supporters and growing constituency in Birmingham and the central Alabama region. In the past, it has been not always convenient and sometimes difficult for us to be able to gather all of our needed supporters when and where needed in the Black Belt itself, so we hope by presenting the work we do at the Black Belt Community Foundation in the context of this vibrant setting and evening at the Harbert Center we can spread the word to even more potential supporters and continue to energize our already active network of friends and partners. We’d like to think we are bringing a little of what makes the Black Belt special to Birmingham."

"Being able to host this fundraiser in the spotlight of honoring our three BBCF heroes, people who have truly contributed to the betterment of the state of Alabama on so many levels, elevates this event to another level for all of us involved. We are all looking forward to October 22nd, at the Harbert Center!"

In order to secure tickets to this special evening or organize group seating or tables for your organization please contact The Black Belt Community Foundation’s Development Director, John Deamer at (334) 874-1126.

For Additional Information on:

Dr. Carol Zippert:

George McMillan Jr.:

Justice John England Jr.:

Directions to the Harbert Center:

For Black Belt Community Foundation Media Inquiries: Daron K. Harris, Publicist BBCF 347.639.4740 -- email
Or Contact BBCF Offices at (334) 874-1126

About The Black Belt Community Foundation:
The Black Belt Community Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to work with all of our citizens to help improve the quality of life in a region that stretches from Mississippi to Georgia. The 12-county area that is our focus is almost one-sixth of the land area of the state. It is home for nearly a quarter of a million people. Rich in human, geographic, cultural and economic diversity, Alabama’s Black Belt got its name from the rich, dark soil found here. The area also is home to the highest percentage of African American Residents in Alabama.

The Black Belt Community Foundation’s mission is to forge a collective stream of giving. Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the Black Belt Community Foundation actively puts needed resources into the region to make a lasting impact. The foundation operates in three main areas: Giving (BBCF awards community program and arts grants to over 100 nonprofits in the region each year); Receiving (BBCF is actively working to raise the profile of philanthropy in the region, encouraging gifts from individuals and organizations of all sizes from across the state and around the world); and Growing (BBCF offers leadership training, organizational capacity building, and community collaboration to grow the skills needed to transform our communities). Through these areas, BBCF’s focus is to consolidate many region-wide improvement efforts into a common effort with a simple mission: “taking what we have to make what we need.”
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Daron Harris

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