From left are Julie Cox, Anderson Moore, Summer Alexander, Areva Martin, Laylah Cooper, Phandie Pugh, Jacqueline Nunn, Capri Maddox, Leslie Sykes and Charles Dickerson in front. (Ian Foxx)

The Proud Bird Restaurant attracted a big crowd on Saturday, June 24, as people throughout the Southland gathered for the 45th Annual Scholarship Awards and Fundraiser Luncheon sponsored by the 10th Council District Women’s Steering Committee (10th CDWSC).

With the theme as is “Embracing in Inspiring the Future: Education – Women – Diversity,” the popular event honored Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Charles Dickerson, and Capri Maddox Esq. Mitchell, Maddox and Dickerson for their contributions to improving and uplifting the community.

Kerman Maddox was acknowledged as well for his appointment by President Biden to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Also, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to five college-bound students – Summer Alexander, Laylah Cooper and Anderson Moore of Dorsey High School; Epiphany Goins of Los Angeles High School, and Phandie Pugh of Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.

Councilwoman Heather Hutt, center, with members of the 10th District Steering Committee. (Ian Foxx)

The program featured ABC7 news anchor Leslie Sykes as the emcee and the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, pastor of First AME Church of Los Angeles, offering the invocation and blessing. Attorney Areva Martin Esq., who is also an author, CNN contributor and radio host, delivered the keynote address.

“We are so grateful for the support of community members at this event, who celebrated with us as we saluted three dynamic individuals and five outstanding young people,” said 10th CDWSC President Jacqueline Nunn.

“Also, we extend our appreciation to our sponsors – L.A. Department of Water and Power, US Bank, and West Basin Municipal Water District – who play a big part in assisting us in presenting this luncheon.”

From left are Leslie Sykes, Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, Areva Martin, C

In addition, Nunn commended the WSC Scholarship Committee for adding to the success of the program. Julie Cox served as chair and the members were Sandra Fort, Johnnie Loyd, Sharlene Mosley, and Angela Simon.

Luncheon highlights included door prizes, raffle and entertainment by guitarist and vocalist Daryl Darden and saxophonist Tim Anderson.

The 10th Council District WSC was founded by the late CD10 Councilmember Cunningham, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with CD10 Senior Field Deputy Geneva Cox and other women who were political trailblazers in the city of Los Angeles and advocates for family, youth, children and seniors to resolve economic, educational, health and safety issues in our community.