Nominations Now Being Accepted for H.U.F. AwardsNominations are being accepted for the Mablean Ephriam Foundation's Ninth Annual Honoring Unsung Fathers (H.U.F.) Awards and Scholarship Brunch. Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 1:00pm during a brunch celebration at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S. Pine Avenue, Long Beach, California. Awards are given to dads in five categories: single father (Solo Warrior award); married father (Love Cares award); divorced father (Fatherhood Forever award); nonbiological father (Village Dad award) and senior father (Living Legacy award). Wives, children, co-workers, neighbors, friends or others can nominate fathers. Additionally, Judge Mablean Ephriam will present the Founder's/President Award to Michael Lawson, Esq. and the Board of Directors Award to KTLA news anchor Chris Schauble. For eligibility requirements, nomination applications and additional information, please log on to: www.hufawards.com. Details are found on the "Nominations" page. All nomination applications must be received by 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Friday, May 13, 2011. No exceptions. Additionally, five scholarships will be presented to students from schools in the greater Los Angeles area. Three scholarships will be awarded to students graduating high school in 2011, while two will be awarded to college students between the ages of 19-35 who delayed college after high school. For the second year, The Mable Eprhiam Nursing scholarship will be given in honor of Judge Mablean's late mother. In addition, a specific scholarship will be awarded to a 2011 senior from Thomas Jefferson High School and to a senior who will attend Howard University. Those nominations must also be received by 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Friday, May 13, 2011. No exceptions. Now in it's ninth year, the H.U.F. Awards were established in 2002 by Judge Mablean Ephriam to recognize and celebrate everyday fathers whose lifestyle exemplifies commitment and love for spouses, children, community and family overall. "So many of our men are hard working, dedicated and do the right thing - every day. Yet, they are not famous or celebrated. This is the day that celebrates the unsung heroes in our community," says Judge Mablean. "It's an honor for me to be able to extend love to these remarkable men and to offer scholarship assistance to deserving students." Actor/comedian Michael Colyar hosts the H.U.F. Awards for the seventh year. Actress/comedienne Jenifer Lewis will co-host. Celebrity presenters include actresses Vanessa Bell Calloway ("Hawthorne") and Ella Joyce ("Roc"). Judge Mablean Ephriam chairs the awards, while Detroit Judge Craig Strong and Judge Glenda Hatchett serve as honorary co-chairs. To nominate a father, apply for a scholarship, purchase tickets or to obtain sponsorship or vendor information, please call (323) 445-6669; or visit website: www.hufawards.com; or email:
Judge Mablean has been a member of the legal community for more than 30 years, with an expertise in family law. For more than seven years, she served as presiding judge on FOX TV's Divorce Court, which is currently syndicated on TV ONE. She is a highly sought after motivational speaker, an entrepreneur as well as a proud mother and grandmother. Since Divorce Court, she has traveled across the country speaking, sharing, educating and inspiring. She is the author of the book, Life Lessons from Judge Mablean - 52 Tools for Weekly Living. She is a past president of Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, co-owner of Jubilane Guesthouse, a bed and breakfast resort in Johannesburg, South Africa; and owner of Mablean's Limousine Service in Los Angeles. For more information on Judge Mablean, please visit www.judgemablean.com.