BCCC honors 4 for building on MLK’s dream

Monday, February 20, 2023 at 10:00 AM

The ceremony will be streamed live starting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Last updated: Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 4:08 PM

The president and trustees present the second annual MLK Dream Builder Awards to community, corporate, humanitarian and student leaders Feb. 23 at Newtown.

Bucks County Community College, which has been making the dream of higher education a reality for nearly six decades, will honor four individuals with the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dream Builder Awards on Thursday, February 23.

To cap off the college’s celebration of Black History Month, President Felicia L. Ganther, J.D., Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees will present awards to leaders of community, corporate, humanitarian, and student organizations who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to nondiscrimination, regardless of an individual’s station in life.

“Acknowledging and honoring these leaders is critical to keeping the legacy of Dr. King alive,” noted Ganther. “Doing so not only educates our community on what is needed to improve the lives of all citizens, it also provides a blueprint for others to follow as they see the great works of those we honor for their service. This year’s honorees have truly modeled the way for us to do more and be more and for our fellow man, just as Dr. King had done.”

Kevin Antoine, J.D., the college’s associate vice president for government and community relations and chief diversity officer, says the honorees are being recognized for the unsung work they do.

“The MLK Dream Builder awardees have done their job well, without the expectation of recognition or glamour,” said Antoine. “What’s more, this program exemplifies the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by reaffirming that there is goodwill in the people of Bucks County, regardless of their station in life.”

This year’s honorees are:

  • Community Dream BuilderAdrienne King, Founder and President, The PairUP Society
  • Corporate Dream BuilderDr. Vail Garvin, President & CEO Emerita, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
  • Humanitarian Dream BuilderKaren Downer, President, Bucks County NAACP
  • Student Dream BuilderLateefat Adewale, President, Bucks County Community College Student Government Association

The second annual Bucks County Community College MLK Dream Builder Awards, featuring live music from the college’s Madrigal Singers and jazz faculty combo, takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the Linksz Pavilion on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. The ceremony will be streamed live online starting at 5:30 p.m. Special thanks to the presenting sponsor, Parx Casino.

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