The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) 41st Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner Gala at the Edison Ballroom in mid-Manhattan. October 14th, 2011
Honoree Simone I. Smith, Mary J. Blige, & Tamar Braxton (photo by Ray Tamara)
Article by: Audrey J. Bernard eurweb.com
The coveted JJ Thomas business innovators award was bestowed on Simone Smith, creator & CEO, Simone I. Smith, Ltd. Smith received the top award for her successful line of fine jewelry. Singer Mary J. Blige and reality star Tamar Braxton were on hand to cheer Smith on.
Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Donna Karan, Phillips Van Heusen, Stop & Shop and The TJX Companies, this year’s top sponsors, are just some of the companies who celebrated with BRAG by providing 32 financial scholarships to deserving high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in fashion, retail or related industries. To date, BRAG has awarded nearly 400 scholarships totaling more than $350,000 to students who have achieved academic success and who exhibit financial need. Kudos to Darlene Gillard who produced the stellar event.
In addition to the scholarship program, BRAG’s annual fundraiser supports such efforts as the industry acclaimed BRAG summer internship program, which has served over 1000 students from across the country, as well as the initiation of new BRAG student clubs at colleges and universities nationwide. Most recently BRAG opened college chapters at Ohio State University, Howard University, University of Florida, Pennsylvania University and The Terry Lundgren School of Retail at the University of Arizona.
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