Three community groups were awarded grants from the Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis during an awards luncheon April 20 at Bleu Restaurant Lounge in the Westin Hotel in Downtown Memphis.
DeNeuville Learning Center (House of the Good Shepherd of Memphis), an organization that guides women from all backgrounds and cultures in learning the skills needed to make positive choices for themselves and their families, received $5,000. Sister Lakshmie Napagoda, who founded DeNeuville in 1998, accepted the award.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Memphis Chapter was awarded $2,500. The organization of progressive African-American women advocates and promotes other women of color in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Bettye L. Boone, the coalition's president, accepted the award.
Morris Brown accepted the award of $2,175 for his group, the Memphis Blackhawks Aviation Association. The nonprofit targets underprivileged, urban and inner-city youth who are in desperate need of clear direction and positive role models in their lives.
The Blackhawks also expose young men and women to all aspects of the aviation industry, said Brown, the group's president.
The PBWM was founded in 2005 by nine professional and civic-minded African-American women with a vested interest in philanthropy. Their charitable contributions center on children, education and self-sufficiency.
Wiley Henry is a senior account services specialist for the The Carter Malone Group.