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Posted: July 8, 2010 5:33 p.m.

DeKalb Tech holds 'Investing in Dreams' gala

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Ed Needham

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation, in partnership with the NFL Alumni held the "Investing in Dreams" Gala June 25 at the DeKalb Technical College Clarkston Campus conference center. Five community members were honored for their outstanding works of charity and contribution to the betterment of our society.

In addition, funds were raised to provide students with scholarships and to help fight Cystic Fibrosis. Approximately 150 patrons put on black tie to show support for the honorees and these two worthy causes.

"The ‘Investing in Dreams' Gala was the first of its kind for the DTCF," said executive director, Cynthia Dorsey Edwards. She expects to make the Gala an annual event for the DeKalb Tech Foundation. Among those in attendance were retired NFL players, families of the honorees, as well as various other civic-minded community members. The recipients of the Investing in Dreams Award included Ed Needham, president and CEO Beaver Manufacturing; Judge M. Yvette Miller, chief judge Court of Appeals of Georgia; Audrey B. Morgan, chairperson The Audrey and Jack Morgan Foundation; and Gregory and Betty Levett, founders Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home. Ralph Stokes, Director of Corporate Sales and Special Events, PGA Superstore, was honored with the Difference Maker Award.

Dinner was served to the sounds of the delightfully entertaining Blake Music Group, after which the awards ceremony was held. A video profile was shown before each honoree was called on stage. The videos included interviews with the people who have worked with the honorees in their numerous charitable ventures. In their acceptance speeches, several honorees spoke of their faith in God as a primary motivation for giving back to the community. The honorees have an honest desire to help others who are not as fortunate as themselves. These men and women have exhibited the true spirit of charity and are deserving of the honors they received. The annual DTCF Gala will help to bring recognition to these individuals while serving the community through fundraising.

DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community. The college has eight centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. Established in 1961, DeKalb Technical College currently has more than 4,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and Technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover more than 100 different occupations. For more information visit their website at www.dekalbtech.edu.

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