Elaine Bryan Foundation Celebrates STEAM with Microsoft

Miguel Southwell

Scholarship recipients of the 2016 Elaine Bryan Foundation

On Sunday, May 15th, The Elaine Bryan Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft hosted a sold out event, Inspirational Luncheon & Awards 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Georgia. This sixth year celebration had incredibly delicious cuisines, great entertainment from Soprano Singers Camille Grant and Ms. Miriam Fawaz and informative exhibits from Microsoft, Delta Airlines, Breezes Hotel, University of the West Indies, Couples Sans Souci and Global Education Consultants Group. During the exhibits NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo encouraged the students and played a significant role in our morning program.

Miguel Southwell

Wendy Corona receives Grace Foods gift bag from the  Elaine Bryan Foundation 2016

The Mistress of Ceremonies, WSBTV Channel 2  Anchor Wendy Corona was fantastic as she moved along the inspirational program, held under the theme “Financial Freedom through STEAM. “The Keynote Speaker Sandy Springs Mayor Russel Paul shared a moving story about his life and significant impact from educators. Gregory Bryan, Vice Chair of the Elaine Bryan Foundation gave the gate prize to raffle tickets winner, Don Bennett, who won a trip for two on Delta Airlines to Couples Sans Souci in Jamaica.

There were over 5 students that received scholarships from the Caribbean Diaspora, which will allow those students to attend college in the fall.

Resulting from the strong support from numerous sponsors the foundation was able to fulfill its mission; “To improve students’ achievement by providing education, empowerment, and mentorship services, while inspiring them to dream big and connecting them to opportunities.” Nine students were given scholarships, forty-fives students received Microsoft Products throughout the year, and students also received Microsoft Surfaces and tablets as awards. Microsoft Manager Lantz Dingle presented four students with special gifts and scholarships at the event: Nina Qin, Bradley Seton, Dennis Wagura and Sanjay John (Valedictorian).  Twenty-five students also have the opportunity to join a coding, computer programming, and mentorship workshop from June 15 to June 30 at Microsoft Corporation in Alpharetta.

Microsoft three Managers gave students Surface Computers,  gifts, etc.  Mayor Rusty Paul, Keynote speaker gave a great speech, Delta Airlines and Couples Sans Souci gave the trip for two  gate prize to  Don Bennett,   Channel 2 Anchor Wendy Corona was outstanding, Grace Kennedy gave gift baskets and donation, Bob Marley’s daughter Imani Marley, Ministers of Government: Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr  Minister of Security, Honourable Mike Henry Minister of Transportation, Delta Airline Manager,  Ambassador of St Kitts & Nevis Thelma Phillip –Browne who came from DC, Grace Jones’ sister Janet Jones and Basil Thompson spouse, Financial Leader, Karlene Grant, Paula Renee Ricketts, decorator & stager Gwendolyn Richardson, Dr. Dahlia Pottinger, Dr. Pam Charles MD, Alrene Richards Barr Airport Manager,  four members from  UWI leadership, Hall of Famer & NBA Legend  Dikembe Mutombo, Leadership Sandy Springs Carolyn Axt, Kathy Reed & Sonja Tonpea, Breezes Hotel General Manager Garfield Collins,  Jamaica Tourist Board, Westside Gastroenterology, Jamaica College Old Boys Association were significant supporters of the event.

The Foundation is Sponsored by: Microsoft Corporation, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Grace Kennedy USA, Jamaica National Building Society, Delta Airlines, SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas, Golden Krust, Jamaica Tourist Board, Couples Sans Souci, Westside Gastroenterology, the University of the West Indies, Buckhead Dental, Riversong Communications, National Guardian, Caribbean International Shipping Services, ANWAN Regenerative Center, and Dr. Mort Barr, Founder of Jewish Interest-Free Loan of Atlanta.

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