Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Sixteen college-bound seniors will be all smiles on Wednesday, May 15, when they receive scholarships from the National Association of Black Suppliers Scholarship Fund (NABSSF) at the organization’s Silver 25th anniversary celebration at 6:00 p.m. at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.
Motivational speaker, author and diversity expert George C. Fraser will be the keynote speaker for the event. Musicians Randy Scott and Tim Bowman will provide the entertainment.
General Motors, the event’s title sponsor, has chosen Kendall S. Woodward as its scholarship recipient. Woodward will attend the University of Michigan – Dearborn in the fall with plans to major in engineering.
“I’m so grateful to GM for giving me this opportunity,” says Woodward, a senior at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights who carries a 3.91 GPA.
“I was in Best Buy when I got the call that I would receive GM’s scholarship. I was so excited that I began jumping up and down right there in the store. I want to thank my senior counselor at school for telling me about this great opportunity. She thought I would be perfect for it.”
Other recipients receiving major scholarships are Brianna Ford (from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.); Brenton D. Newton, II (from Chrysler, LLC); and Aaron C. McClendon (from Delphi Corp.). Smaller scholarships will go to 12 other scholars.
The NABS Scholarship Fund was created by the National Association of Black Suppliers to provide college scholarship assistance to African-American high school seniors who have achieved academic excellence and shown leadership in the community.
The scholarships range from $1,000 to $20,000 and can be used for tuition, room and board, or other fees at a four-year college or university of the awardee’s choice for up to five years. Since the inception of NABSSF, more than $1.2 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 130 students.
Over 100 students applied for this year’s scholarships by submitting essays on various topics. NABSSF interviewed 40 of the applicants; ultimately choosing 16 seniors.
“I am really proud to be a part the National Association of Black Suppliers Scholarship Fund, and a part of the process that helps award the scholarship to deserving college-bound students,” said Jeanette M. Abraham, NABS Scholarship Fund chair, and president and CEO of JMA Logistics, LLC in Livonia, Michigan. “It was rewarding to interact with these outstanding young people who are aspiring to do great things in their lives. After reading the essays and interviewing the students, we learned so much about all of their many goals and aspirations.”
For more information about NABSSF, contact Rhonda A. Glover at 248.872.2216 or visit www.nabssf.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 23:48
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
Megabus.com, the first city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, has served 25 million passengers across North America as of today.
With fares starting as low as $1, megabus.com has expanded rapidly over the course of its seven-year existence, from serving seven cities to/from Chicago in April 2006 to now serving more than 100 cities across North America.
“Megabus.com’s is now the travel option of choice for more than 25 million people, and we’re thrilled to serve them as our passengers,” said Mike Alvich, megabus.com’s vice president of marketing and public relations. “Our customers continue to look for ways to stretch their hard-earned dollar, and we look forward to providing them with a safe, convenient and affordable travel option.”
Megabus.com is widely known for making bus travel “a cool thing,” said by Joseph P. Schwieterman, Professor, School of Public Service and Director of Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University, while announcing “2012 Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States” study results on January 6 in Charlotte, NC.
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest city-to-city express bus service providers in North America. In addition to affordable fares, megabus.com offers customers state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, seat belts, restrooms and are wheelchair accessible.
Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.
Megabus.com is one of the largest privately funded providers of city-to-city express bus transportation and serves approximately 100 cities in North America, including routes operated by other Coach USA subsidiaries.
Megabus.com is the first express bus line to offer high-quality travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Megabus.com operates service from 12 hubs in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Texas Triangle (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio), Washington D.C. and Toronto - creating more than 1,000 new, professional jobs. Visit www.megabus.com for a complete list of cities served.
Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes. Each year megabus.com carries six million customers safely on more than 200,000 trips using the most modern fleet of double-decker buses on this continent. Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 25 million travelers. For the latest news and travel deals, follow megabus.com on Twitter at @megabus and Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/megabus.com.officialpage.
Megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA, one of the largest transportation companies in North America, and maintains the highest safety compliance rating (Satisfactory) from the US Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates 30 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, motor coach tours, charters and sightseeing tours.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:35
Category: Community Written by News One
Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.
To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing, while TV One‘s newest show, “Find Our Missing,” hosted by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, tells these stories in visual form.
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1966
Missing Date: March 10, 2013
Age Now: 47
Missing City: Detroit
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 08:18
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Craft Beer Contest Results Announced
LANSING – Pure Michigan is building on its regional warm weather advertising campaign, launched last week, with a new radio ad showcasing Michigan’s craft beer offerings.
The new craft beer radio spot will air in markets including Chicago, Ill., Indianapolis, Ind., Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton Ohio, Milwaukee, Wis., St. Louis, Mo. and Southern Ontario. Michigan beers featured include New Holland Brewing Company’s Dragon’s Milk, Huma Lupa Licious from Short’s Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company’s Steelhead Red and the Motown Lager from Motor City Brewing Works.
Pure Michigan and Founders Brewing Co. also announced today fan favorite Vanilla Stout will be the Pure Michigan beer style featured in Founders downtown Grand Rapids taproom during Michigan Craft Beer Month.
“Our craft beer industry is booming and we encourage beer enthusiasts across the Great Lakes region and beyond to find their new favorite beer on tap right here in Pure Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “For a great place to start, head into the Founders Brewing Co. taproom this July and try the special edition Vanilla Stout chosen by fans of Founders and Pure Michigan.”
More than 1,200 fans voted for their favorite of three beer styles – Vanilla Stout, Apple Ale and Wheat IPA. The winning style, Vanilla Stout came down to a handful of votes in a close race with Apple Ale and will be available in the Founders taproom throughout the month of July.
“It’s cool that so many people voted, and it’s fun to know that we’re brewing a beer for the first time that so many people have already expressed interest in wanting to try,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders Brewing Co. “I love working with vanilla and it works really well in our beers, especially stouts.”
Home to more than 100 breweries, Michigan is fifth in the nation for the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs. Three Michigan cities took home Beer City USA honors this week. Grand Rapids was named 2013 Beer City USA with more than 50 percent of the votes and rounding out the top five vote-getters were Kalamazoo in second place and Ann Arbor in fourth.
Michigan's craft beer industry grew by 20 percent in 2012, outpacing the national industry growth rate by 12 percent, and has a total economic impact of more than $133 million in the state.
For more information on beer trail suggestions and brewery tours, visit michigan.org/breweries.
Pure Michigan and Founders Brewing Co. remind everyone to drink responsibly. When enjoying a brewery tour or visiting a taproom, please use a designated driver, call a cab or use public transportation. Founders is conveniently located across the street from the Rapid bus station.
Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to michigan.org.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) serves as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, with a focus on helping grow Michigan's economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganAdvantage.org.
About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. has made a distinctive mark on the craft beer community by brewing complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, currently ranking among the top 30 largest craft breweries in the nation.
Founders Brewing Co. has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, and its beers are often rated among the best in the world by RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit www.foundersbrewing.com.
Contact: Michelle Begnoche
Sarah Aldrich - Founders
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:07
Category: Community Written by Cathy Nedd
Ford Motor Company and The Parade Company have announced a major partnership for one of the nation's largest fireworks displays -- The Ford Fireworks presented by Target. The event's new name reflects lead sponssorship of the fireworks by Ford Motor Company, in addition to Target's support, making possible this free world-class event for the city of Detroit and the region.
The Ford Fireworks presented by Target will light up the sky, Monday, June 24, at 10:06 p.m., with views of the Detroit River in downtown Detroit. Created and produced by The Parade Company, the event – celebrating 55 years – attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators for one of the most anticipated summer nights in Detroit.
“We are extremely grateful for Ford Motor Company’s commitment to The Parade Company, and at this incredibly exciting time in Detroit we look forward to working together on this 55-year Detroit tradition,” said Tony Michaels, president and CEO, The Parade Company. “Ford consistently strives to make the Detroit region stronger, and this partnership speaks volumes to the great people of our region.”
Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund have a long history of supporting The Parade Company. In 2011 Ford became the official vehicle of America’s Thanksgiving Parade® featuring its float, “Driving a Brighter Future.” Also, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and his wife Lisa served as grand marshals for the 85th America’s Thanksgiving Parade – one of the country’s largest and longest-running parades.
“Ford Motor Company is proud to support this important tradition, and honored to partner with The Parade Company as lead sponsor of the event,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford is deeply committed to Detroit and our community, and iconic events like the fireworks bring people together to celebrate our great city.”
In addition to its title sponsorship of the event, Ford will kick off a community campaign to honor veterans and those who serve in the armed forces. “As we celebrate our independence and freedom, Ford wants to join with the community to honor those in the military who make it possible,” said Vella.
A campaign including social media will kick off June 1 in partnership with Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor is an organization that provides scholarships to children and spouses of members of the military who were killed or severely wounded in the line of duty. Funds raised will be designated for military families in Michigan, with Ford matching contributions made by the public. On the night of the fireworks, Ford will provide postcards for attendees to send messages of thanks to active military personnel overseas.
“Target is a remarkable corporate and community partner, and we are excited to add Ford Motor Company to our sponsor roster,” said Michaels. “The combined backing of these companies will enable us to once again give the Detroit community an incredible fireworks show.”
"I applaud Ford Motor Company for being title sponsor of this year’s Detroit fireworks celebration. This is a family event that the entire region looks forward to every summer,” said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “Ford and Target are great corporate partners committed to seeing this cherished tradition continue to entertain families in Detroit and across the state. I also thank the Parade Company for creating magical moments and lasting memories for the hundreds of thousands of people who attend the fireworks.”
The Parade Company will bring in Zambelli Fireworks Internationale to feature more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects visible for miles along the Detroit River. This year’s show will be choreographed by the world-renowned Patrick Brault, who has designed pyrotechnic displays internationally, including the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The new multiyear partnership with Ford includes a presenting sponsorship of The Parade Company’s Official Rooftop Party the night of the fireworks – one of the nonprofit organization’s largest fundraisers. It also includes a strong presence in America’s Thanksgiving Parade, and title sponsorship of one of Detroit’s premier events, Hob Nobble Gobble at Ford Field, raising critical funds for The Parade Company.
The Ford Fireworks presented by Target can be viewed on WDIV-Local 4’s live broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. News/Talk 760 WJR will do a special radio simulcast throughout the event and provide up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information throughout the day. For more information on The Parade Company events, visit www.theparade.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 23:50
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