Over 500 Attend the FAME’s 150th Gala Awards Celebration

fame.jpgLeft to Right -  Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Foundation Leadership Award 2008, Marc Morial, CEO, The National Urban League, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Visionary Award, 2008, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Trailblazer Award, 2008, Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, Lady Mary Mayberry, Dr. Harold R. Mayberry, Bishop  T. Larry Kirkland,  Presiding Prelate, 5th Episcopal District AME Church

More than 500 people attended the African Methodist Episcopal Church, (FAME), as it celebrated 150 years of service.

The gala was held Nov. 14 at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel at 10th and Broadway. Honorary co-chairs included Dr. and Mrs. Harold R. Mayberry, the Honorable Mayor Ronald V. Dellums and First Lady Cynthia Dellums, City Councilmember Desley Brooks and Actor Delroy and Mrs. Neshormeh Lindo.Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League, gave the keynote address.  He received a standing ovation when he stated that when President Elect Barrack Obama takes office, he cannot do it alone –he needs all of us to impact this change.

The celebration honored three outstanding individuals for their hard work, leadership and contributions to the community that have enriched the lives of others.

Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church, received the FAME 2008 Visionary Award.  Bernard Tyson, Executive Vice President of Health Plan and Hospital Operations at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., received the FAME 2008 Leadership Award. And Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representing the 9th Congressional District of California, received the FAME 2008 Trailblazer Award.
KRON News award winning anchor, Pam Moore, served as mistress of ceremonies. Musical guest, Grammy-Award winner Dorinda Clark Cole of the Clark Sisters brought the house down and had everyone on their feet praising her spiritual message.

Co- Chairs of the event included Peggie Peters, Donna McKinney and Lady Mary Mayo Mayberry. The event was coordinated by CDA Consulting Group.

FAME will continue its 150th anniversary celebration through the end of the year by feeding the hungry, supporting the clothing to the homeless program and ministering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, mental institutions and others.