The Century Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club held its 49th Annual Founders’ Day and Awards Luncheon, April 22, at the Washington Navy Yard and Catering and Conference Center. Approximately 200 guests were in attendance at this gala affair.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray sent a letter of congratulations commending the Century Club for recognizing those notable individuals and for the Club’s dedication and commitment to advancing academic excellence and providing valuable service to this great city.

DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, was the honorary chairperson.

Carolyn D. Kornegay, president of the Century Club served as the chairperson. Others participating on the program included Evelyn Hagwood gave the invocation; Julia P. Marshall introduced the honorary chairperson in his absence and guests.

This was followed by the welcome/occasion by Brenda Mason. Carol McCauley, a Livingstone College graduate and member of From the Heart Ministries rendered an inspirational musical selection. The Model City Senior Steppers, a dance troup based out of the Model Senior Wellness Center in NE Washington, D.C., established in 2001 gave an outstanding performance with a standing ovation. Then a delicious luncheon was served.

The highlight of the program was the presentation of the awards by Evelyn T. McKenly:
*Sandra Y. Bears and Gladys Epps received the Community Service
*Joy G. Kinard received the Professional Achievement Award
*Dr. Dana M. Jones, president and executive director received the Man of the Year award
*Dr. Julia P. Marshall received the Sojourner Truth Award, the highest of the national association.

Theresa Lewis presented the scholarship award to Abijah Swingon Stokes, a student at George Mason University, one of the four-year renewable scholarships given by the Century Club.

The Rev. Raymond Bell, pastor of Spirit of Love and Deliverance Baptist Church gave the benediction.