The Philadelphia PA Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will present one of its highest honors to University of the Sciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The award, named after National Founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, will be presented at the Annual NCNW Founder’s Day & Awards Luncheon at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Pa.
“I am honored to receive the Mary McLeod Bethune Award,” said Dr. Giles-Gee. “Dr. McLeod Bethune had a distinguished history as an educator and an activist.”
In addition, Emily Hill Rollins, director of Bridgeway, Inc., is the recipient of the Dorothy I. Height Award named after the Legendary Past National President. The awardees were chosen as examples of women whose lives and achievements honor and mirror those of its namesakes, Dr. McLeod Bethune and Dr. Height.
“Dr. McLeod Bethune founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in Florida (1904), which later became Bethune-Cookman College (1929) where she served as president. She also founded the National Association of Colored Women and the National Council of Negro Women,” said Dr. Giles-Gee. “That Bethune-Cookman University continues to educate new generations of students and that the NCNW exists today supporting policy development and academic achievement are tributes to the long reach of Dr. McLeod Bethune’s legacy. It is indeed humbling to be given an award associated with an individual of such significance.”
Other awards at the luncheon, include Philadelphia PA Section Recording Secretary Roberta Devine receiving the NCNW Intra-Council Award and Samuella Takyi-Buachie, a senior at the Philadelphia High School for Girls, being honored with the Youth Achievement Award. Philadelphia Tribune Columnist Patricia Clifford will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The mission of the NCNW is to advance opportunities and improve the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. The organization fulfills this mission through research, advocacy, and community-based services and programs in the U.S. and in African countries. Proceeds from the December 8 event will enable the Philadelphia PA Section to continue its hallmark programs and services that include a free Women’s Financial Empowerment Conference and ongoing support for the Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, the Section’s adopted school.