Class Act Productions, an event planning and image consulting firm will spotlight a host of local African-American community leaders as they host their first annual awards dinner on Aug. 14.

“What better way to kick-off our services, than to honor the community that we will serve?” Karen McConnell-Jones, CEO and president of Class Act Productions, said in a statement. “It is time to finally honor individuals that have selflessly given back to their communities.”

Taking place at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Md., the event will honor local celebrities and other individuals who have helped shape the D.C. metropolitan area. The honorees include Dr. James Dula, former president/CEO of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce; former District mayor, Marion Barry and Edgar Brookins, general manager of the Washington Afro-American Newspaper, among many more.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Class Act will make a $2,000 donation to the American Lung Association.

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