The Community Angel Foundation in Philly kicked off their inaugural “Angel Awards” to honor leaders who empower youth and support the mission of the non-profit organization which connects successful business and community leaders with students in an effort to educate them on overcoming obstacles. Usher Raymond, 8-Time Grammy Award Winner and Judge on “The Voice,” was honored and accepted his award via video.
Led by Veniece Newton, a dear friend who I’ve known forever, the organization is making big waves and drew out Philly’s power players for an enchanted night of saluting the finest philanthropists who are committed to changing the lives of children.
The event took place on June 5th at the famed Hotel Monaco and among those honored along with Usher was Michael Rashid, President of AmeriHealth Mercy; Joe Lake, Co-Founder of Children’s Miracle Network and Donahue Peebles, President/CEO of Peebles Corporation & Forbes List Real Estate Mogul.
Usher was also given a custom pair of sneakers.
About Veniece Newton and Community Angel Foundation
Veniece Newton founded the Community Angel Foundation (CAF) 4 years ago when she realized many children could not experience the joy of the holiday season because they come from homes where there was no money for holiday lights, decorations, wonderful dinners or presents. Believing that every child deserves to smile and feel the joy of the season, Veniece began to deliver toys to underprivileged children.
Veniece soon recognized that excitement over a new toy fades quickly but hope is a gift that can sustain an individual and change their life. That awareness led to the creation of programs which enhance the lives of under-served youth through education, support and guidance in order to empower the next generation of leaders.
CAF now has programs to increase self-esteem and a speaker series, “Success Speaks” was launched . The speakers provide the children with a road map for success. The program has been widely received and continues to expand.
Veniece said she plans to expand the Community Angel Foundation to the Atlanta area soon.
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