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Los Angeles – A call for nominations is currently underway for The Mablean Ephriam Foundation’s Honoring Unsung Fathers (H.U.F.) Awards and Scholarship Brunch to be held on June 17, 2007. The Fifth Father’s Day awards brunch will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center – Concourse Hall in Los Angeles, California at 1:00 p.m.
Established to bring attention and recognition to everyday fathers who maintain a lifestyle that exemplifies love towards their spouses, children, family and community, the H.U.F. Awards is the brainchild of Judge Mablean Ephriam.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to extend love to these remarkable men,” says Judge Mablean. “If you know a father that loves and respects his wife, is dedicated to his children or a student who gives back to their community, take a moment to nominate them for a 2007 H.U.F. Award & Scholarship.”
A total of five (5) awards will be presented during the brunch program to a single father (Solo Warrior), married father (Love Cares), divorced father (Fatherhood Forever), non-biological father (Village Dad) and a senior father (Living Legacy). In addition to these awards, the Founder, Judge Mablean, presents a Founder/President’s Award to a father hand- picked by her. This year’s Founder/President’s Awardee will be John Strickland, the father of the youngest pilot in history from Compton, California.
In addition to the Father’s Day Awards, the foundation will present five (5) high school students from the Greater Los Angeles Area with a scholarship. Scholarship applications are currently available and can be received by logging onto mableanephriamfoundation.com or fax a request to (323) 664-5325. All scholarship applications must be submitted and completed by Friday, May 18, 2007 no later than 12 noon.
Eight-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will serve as Celebrity Co-Chair and presenter. Actress, Loretta Devine and singer, Freda Payne will serve as Celebrity Presenters along with others celebrity guests. Comedian, George Wallace, renowned jazz recording artist, Najee, and saxophonist, Keisha Potter & Band are confirmed as entertainment.Last year’s H.U.F. Awards drew more than 1,300 families, friends and celebrities to the awards brunch, which featured jazz and gospel entertainment. The Mablean Ephriam Foundation has also partnered with The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation again to host the second H.U.F. Awards in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, June 10, 2007.
Judge Mablean has been involved in family law for over 25 years. She has served as an attorney, mediator and judge pro-tem. Ephriam was the captain on VH1’s reality television show, “Celebrity FIT Club” where she gained more recognition.
Since her departure from Divorce Court, she has been on a speaking circuit traveling throughout the country to inspire, share and educate individuals on real life topics. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission; Executive Board for the Mesereau-Ephriam-Villaraigosa Free Legal Clinic; is a member and past president of Black Women Lawyers; co-owner of Jubilane Guesthouse, a bed & breakfast in Johannesburg, South Africa; and owner of Mablean’s Limousine Service in Los Angeles.
For more information regarding the H.U.F. Awards and vendor or sponsorship opportunities call (310) 329-0944 or visit website: www.hufawards.com or www.mableanephriamfoundation.com or email: