Community and business leaders to be HONORED ON Inauguration weekend

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Washington, DC – January, 2013 – Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation will honor community and business leaders who have excelled in their various fields. The Jazz Brunch coincides with the celebration of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s holiday and also the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. This event will be held at Old Congress Heights School, 3100 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20032 on Saturday, January 19th from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The “Great Street’s Honors”, now in its Third year is hailed as “the Ward 8 community’s own Oscars.”

There will be a special guest performance by Jazz Legend Lonnie Liston Smith and Spyro Gyra. The Great Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music’s most versatile musicians. In a career that spans some 40 years, he has been heard in a variety of context as a featured sideman for some of Jazz music’s most illustrious leaders before stepping out to reveal his own original concepts as a bandleader in the mid 70’s. He is a keyboardist of the first rank and has influenced a generation of young players that have acknowledged his rhythmic urgency (swing), harmonic acumen and composing skills. Spyro Gyra is an American jazz fusion band, that was originally formed in the mid-1970s in Buffalo, New York, United States. With over 30 albums released and 10 million copies sold, they are among the most prolific as well as commercially successful groups of the genre.

Also there will be an art exhibit hosted by Ted Ellis & Malia Salaam, and their work will also be available for purchase.

Honorees will be acknowledged during a Jazz Brunch event in the epicenter of the Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue Great Street, Old Congress Heights School. There will be 15 honorees in four categories, including:

Outstanding Religious Organization:

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

Union Temple Baptist Church

The Temple of Praise

Outstanding Small Business:

Stanton View Development

DC Dental Service

Big Chair Coffee & Grill

Prince Construction

Outstanding Community Developer:

Robert Moore- Development Corporation of Columbia Heights

Bill Barrow- H Street Community Development Corporation

*Butch Hopkins –Anacostia Economic Development Corporation

*Retta Gilliam – East of the River Community Development Corporation

*Lloyd Smith – Marshall Heights Community Development Organization

*Posthumously

Outstanding Civic Activist:

Theresa Jones

2 Lifetime Achievement Awards:

*TBD

“Being honored in The Great Streets Awards is an important achievement,” said Monica Ray, Executive Director of Congress Heights CTDC. “It means that the community has agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition in his/her chosen field. We congratulate all of the honorees on their achievement, thank them for their contribution to our community and wish them well in the competition.”

Congress Heights Community Training Development Corporation (CHCTDC) is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 1987, under the laws of the District of Columbia. CHCTDC was founded for the purpose of improving the quality of life of D.C. residents in economically depressed areas by providing employment opportunities that would aid in the reduction of unemployment and underemployment by promoting self-sufficiency. These thrusts would be realized through educational, vocational, job readiness, and job placement opportunities to improve residents’ capacities to compete in a competitive job market. The Articles of Incorporation were amended to include economic development services consisting of business development, entrepreneurial training, and financial management.

Great Street’s Business Leadership Council was created to provide technical assistance and capacity building to small businesses along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue “Great Street” to help them position themselves to take advantage of nearly $4 billion in economic development coming to the area. The technical support consists of business operations (fiscal management, proposal writing/fundraising, corporate structure, micro lending, education, procurement, and leveraging resources for the entity). Although open to any small or medium-sized business in East of the Anacostia River, the Council targets business along the city-designated “Great Street” of Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue, SE+ South Capitol Street, SE from Good Hope Road, SE to Southern Avenue, SE.

The goals of the GSBLC are twofold:

To educate and train small and medium-sized business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
To support the credit needs of small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs.

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