King dinner and breakfast events in Anne Arundel honor works of residents, organizations

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, scheduled for Jan. 18 and Jan. 21, respectively, will recognize more than a dozen area residents for their work in human relations, community service, civil rights and improving the lives of others.

The Jan. 18 dinner will be held beginning at 6 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleue, in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $60 and $100. For ticket information, call La Fontaine Bleue, 410-760-4115, or the organizing committee, 410-269-1524.

The dinner will feature civil rights activist Xernona Clayton, 82, who worked with King at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and traveled with Coretta Scott King on her tours.

Individuals and organizations scheduled to be honored at the event include:

•The Ms. Molly Foundation, which provides assistance to shelters and agencies working with victims of domestic violence. The organization, Molly Maid Inc., and its franchise owners, vendors and workers, provide community service as well.

•Leslie N. Stanton, president of the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, is a founding member of several organizations and is a human relations specialist with Anne Arundel County schools.

•Bess Langbein, executive director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, has worked in fundraising and philanthropy.

•Lisa Hillman, president of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, is also that organization's senior vice president of legislative affairs.

•Barbara Hill, who serves on the executive committee of the Anne Arundel County chapter of the NAACP, is also a founder of the Jet Set Social Club Inc., an organization that has raised money for scholarships.

•Lillian "Lillie" Caldwell, a career educator, vice president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.'s Anne Arundel County chapter, is also a leader in advocating historic recognition of Freetown.

•Patrick Kwadwo Marfo-Sarbeng, a nurse educator at Spring Grove Hospital Center, is a member of the Ghanaian Association of Baltimore, a fundraiser for the Coretta Scott King Memorial in Edgewater.

•Navy Capt. Stan Keeve, director of the Division of Professional Development at the Naval Academy, has had a military experience that includes commanding two ships.

•Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.

•U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards, representative for Maryland's 4th Congressional District.

The annual the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast will be held Jan. 21, 8 a.m., in the gymnasium at Anne Arundel Community College, in Arnold. Tickets are $35 each. For ticket information, call 301-538-0887.

The Rev. Jimmy Rollins, pastor of the nondenominational i5 Church in Odenton, will offer the address at the breakfast. Proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships, and the event showcases students' work though a contest in performing and visual arts.

In addition, the honorees at the breakfast, and some of their activities, are:

•Mohan Grover, owner and manager of Renno's Market in Shady Side, is a longtime community volunteer.

•Dana Herbert, an advocate has focused on helping young people to continue their education and developing their skills.

•The late Harrell S. Spruill, a businessman, philanthropist and former educator who opened his farm for use as a classroom for children.

•Leon Thomas, a mentor to students at Anne Arundel Community College.

•Ralph R. Thomas Sr., a volunteer mentor for young men and who also chairs the local voter registration for the NAACP.

•Jesse Eugene Young, pastor of the Silas First Baptist Church of Severna Park, whose community work includes leading church efforts to buy land for an outreach and community center.

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