"We often hear the ‘talk’ and complaints regarding poverty and the limited programs and opportunities with and for our youth; frankly, I am not one who talks and listens only. There is much talent and many opportunities in Arkansas. Dumas, Desha and the Delta. Getting the leaders and programs that have the skills and the resources to get on the same page is where the challenge lies. City PRIDE is here to uplift this great human capital in our region,” Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
10th Annual “Thanks For Giving” Community Awards and Celebration Banquet
One week prior to Thanksgiving, on Thursday November
17th, the southeast Arkansas community of Dumas/Desha, Gould,
Mitchellville, Winchester and other cities will come together to say, “thanks
for giving” to the people, companies, ministries and agencies who have given of
themselves and their resources- all year long. The event will take place at the
Dumas Community Center and begin at 6pm and to benefit TCAA scholarships and rebuilding the West Dumas Community Family Life Center.
Leaders from the faith, youth, business, government,
creative and educational arenas are uniting to bring forth the 2016 City PRIDE
“Thanks for Giving” Community Awards and Banquet. This is the 10th
annual celebration and awards have been presented to over 50 individuals and
organizations including; Hattie Watts, Dumas
Clarion, J.C. Mays, Mayor James Berry, Pastor Jasper Jackson, Jr., Dr.
Alice M. Hunt, and others who were honored for their service to Dumas and
southeast Arkansas. The awards are always a surprise and aimed to inspire the
recipients to continue their community service.
Headlining the event with a keynote address focused
on uplifting families and communities through education and workforce will be
Director Arnell Willis from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. Willis was due in Dumas for the Town-Hall
Forum last month but rescheduled due to flight delays and has reset his
schedule to speak at the event. Earlier,
Willis had this to say regarding Dumas and the Delta— “My prepared remarks will focus on ADWS vision, mission and the
implementation of WIOA, the federal legislation changing the landscape in how
Workforce Development Professionals serve their customers. This major law
is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, technical
assistance and support services to find job in labor market and match employers
with skilled workers to help them compete in global economy. I will also
share my role as the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.
In addition, I will share my story growing up in the delta
heartland and how I broke barriers and overcame incredible odds. Finally,
I will share “Lessons Learned” from my mother and aunt who made indelible marks
on my character and development. Other speakers and entertainment will be
The program will
include a feast of some of the best holiday foods catered by The Masters Table
of Pine Bluff. Tickets
are $20 and ‘Tables of Honor’ are available for companies, families,
ministries, etc., who can be sponsors/partners who will join in on the ‘thanks
for giving’ chant as presenting partners of this gala to the community. Tickets
can be purchased at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith and other locations or by calling 870.382.7000 https://tcaathanksforgiving2016.eventbrite.com