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This weekend, I had the pleasure of working with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce for it’s 7th annual Jazz Brunch.  What an incredible event and an awesome way to reward students with scholarship money to help as they pursue higher education.

This was truly an incredible event in every way.  There was great music featuring the Phil Seed Trio.  They played contemporary jazz hits throughout the event.  And maybe it’s just me, but food surely tastes better with great music.  Events by Epic did a great job helping to plan and execute the event in excellence.  The food and the venue were both incredible.  If you didn’t know, Hotel Arista is the jewel of the west suburbs and perfect for any upscale event.  Emcee – Clayton Muhammad handled the mic with ease.  He is truly doing great work with our young men, preparing them for their future.   One of the highlights for me was the super dynamic speaker, Connie Lindsey (Executive VP at Northern Trust).  She demonstrated such passion and zeal for leadership and helped everyone in attendance to recognize that we can lead with heart and still be effective.  From start to finish it was the BEST, and I’m proud to have played a part.

It was also so encouraging to see young people there who are fully vested in their future.  Taking time to volunteer and to learn, thus increasing their capacity for growth.  Three students, Clarise Amos, Alisha Wamack and Lorenzo Williams were awarded scholarships to assist with their pursuit of higher education.  Congratulations to all.

Special kudos and thanks to Shauna Weatherspoon who did an excellent job coordinating the event, Kidada Robinson and the entire QCAA Board of Directors, led by Terrie Simmons – Chair.  I am excited to see what this group will do next.  For more information and to get involved, visit QCAA.