Out And About: Operation Uplift Celebrates 50th | MFA Gets $5K Check

Monday, January 15, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured: Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), with Maywood Fine Arts founders Ernie and Lois Baumann. Boykin presented a $5,000 check from the PepsiCo Foundation on Jan. 13. | Courtesy Richard Boykin/Twitter

Last week was jam packed with events and happenings around Proviso Township. Here are highlights from just a few.

Operation Uplift celebrates 50 years

On Jan. 13, Operation Uplift, Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary with a black tie gala in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The venerable nonprofit also honored many community leaders during the event, which featured Rev. Otis Moss III as its keynote speaker.

Before the ceremony, some members of the Proviso East men’s varsity basketball team stopped by the Diplomat West Banquet Hall in Elmhurst to help setup for the celebration — a literal display of this King quotation:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

During a touching candle lighting ceremony, the organization also recognized 50 people who have been influential throughout Uplift’s half-century:

1) George E. Stone, Jr., 2) Wallace Wyatt Sykes, 3) Lyle W. Frances, 4) Thomas H. Wade, Sr., 5) Harry McNelty, 6) Claude Porter, 7) James Benjamin Alford, Sr., 8) Doris V. Sampson, 9) Hilton Gr. Baines, 10) Lawrence Parrish, 11) J. Marie McCurley, 12) Clifton Woods, 13) Thomaseen Brown, 14) Robert Stone, 15) Rhonda Green-Sculfield, 16) Irma Harmer, 17) Verlina Poole-Oats, 18) Edward L. Millon, 19) James E. Mitchell, 20) Robert Byrd, 21) Casso Reed, 22) Lorraine Wilson-Grace, 23) Florence Bean, 24) Margaret Borroughs, 25) Laurietta “Jeri” Stenson, 26) James Stenson, 27) Connie Bradley, 28) Dorothy Hall, 29) Clyde Hall, 30) Gail Walker, 31) Alex Lane, 32) Sue Henry, 33) Michael Rogers, 34) Eugene “Gene” Moore, 35) Cynthia Broughton, 36) Floyd Butler, 37) Neacy White, 38) Byron Steward, 39) Byron Steward, 40) Joanne Hillery-Taylor, 41) Kimberly Lightford, 42) Jean Hillery-Weathers, 43) Leatrice Parker, 44) Louise Denton-Jones, 45) Ida Edwards, 46) Emanuel “Chris” Welch, 47) Daniell Hillery, 48) Richard Robinson, 49) Keith Harris, 50) George E. Stone II

Boykin drops off $5K check to MFA

On Jan. 13, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) dropped off a $5,000 check from the PepsiCo Foundation to Maywood Fine Arts. The arts nonprofit was among at least two organizations that Boykin presented checks to. On Jan. 6, the commissioner presented a $5,000 check to the Mentoring Experience on Chicago’s West Side.

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