ATLANTA, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atlanta Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the second annual James K. Davis Scholarship Gala, Saturday, June 23, 2012. The gala's theme is Fueling the Next Generation of Energy Leaders.
"This is a historic year for the Atlanta Chapter of AABE and we are very pleased to have Dr. Michael Lomax of UNCF with us to help celebrate Atlanta Chapter's 30th anniversary and scholarship gala," says Cherryl Harris, president of the Atlanta Chapter of AABE. "Since inception, our mission has included an unrelenting commitment to educating the next generation of energy leaders and exposing them to careers in energy. We reinforce that commitment with our annual scholarship program. We also know that Dr. Lomax shares our organization's passion for education, and believe he is the ideal choice for keynote speaker."
The purpose of the AABE Atlanta Chapter Scholarship is to assist African-American, Hispanic and Native American students with the cost of pursuing a bachelor's degree in an energy-related field at an accredited college or university. The scholarship gala honors the legacy of namesake (the late) James K. Davis Jr., formerly Georgia Power's senior vice president of employee and corporate relations, and founder of the Atlanta Chapter of AABE, who passed away in 2005.
Date: June 23, 2012
Location: The James K. Davis Scholarship Gala (Black tie/Formal) will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, located at 265 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30303
Phone: (404) 577-1234
Reception: A cocktail reception (cash bar) begins at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote Address: A seated dinner will begin at 7:30 in the Grand Ballroom.
Music, Entertainment, and Dancing will follow immediately after dinner.
Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available and open to the public.
CONTACT: Olivia Parks Woods, Event Chairperson, for more information.
The Atlanta Chapter of AABE is an educational, professional, and non-profit member-driven organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been nationally recognized as one of the largest and most diverse AABE chapters in the country with 135 members from 25 companies who participate in every sector of the energy industry (oil, natural gas, electricity, nuclear, renewables, government, technology, energy services and water). AABE's mission is to ensure the input of African-Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, research & development, technologies, and environmental issues; and welcomes anyone supporting this mission.
About Dr. Michael L. Lomax
Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., is president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). As head of the UNCF, Lomax leads the nation's largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students. He oversees 400 scholarships, including the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a 20-year, $1.6 billion project whose 14,000 low-income minority recipients have a 90 percent college graduation rate. Lomax also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, aimed at strengthening and sustaining the 39-member, private historically black colleges and universities around the country.