KRON 4’s Moore, local celebs, athletes and youth honored at Pathway to College fundraiser
Posted on 01 July 2011 by shadesMagazine
More than 30 financial scholarships were presented to college-bound students.
OAKLAND – Excited students, youth advocates and community leaders enjoyed East Oakland Youth Development Center’s Pathway to College “Something for Everyone 7” fundraiser Saturday at the home of power couple NBA coach Brian Shaw and celebrity chef Nikki Shaw.
Guests enjoyed poetry readings by EOYDC youth, a silent auction and the sounds of the Doug Ellington Jazz Quartet. There was art, wine and music celebrating the college bound students receiving scholarships, and celebrities like comedian Mark Curry, Golden State forward Vladimir Radmanovic and sports agent Aaron Goodwin – among others – were honored for their dedication to the future leaders.
During the reception more than 30 financial scholarships were presented to college-bound students. As EOYDC Executive Director Regina Jackson thanked all of her supporters, she recounted NBA star Gary Payton’s first donation in previous years, in the generous amount of $100,000.
“Gary Payton is not just an NBA champion, he is a champion for people and specifically for you,” Jackson said.
The Oakland favorite and sports hero Payton is based in Seattle, but remains active and committed to Oakland and the sanctuary the EOYDC provided when he was a kid. The retiree, who acknowledged his mother in the audience, says he‘s up for the Hall of Fame in January and wants to ensure future generations can pursue their dreams.
“I’ve been working on starting a charter school out here, like Kevin Johnson, to get these kids off the streets,” he said. “I have the OUSD and superintendent on board, so look for that in a couple of years.”
KRON TV 4 Broadcaster Pam Moore has participated in EOYDC’s summer program for more than five years and created the EOYDC Pathway to College Pam Moore Scholarship in the amount of two $2,500 awards for deserving students for the next five years. Payton decided to match her amount for six years.
Pam Moore and scholarship recipient Sha’Quea Pratt – Photo by Carla Thomas
“I wanted to do something beyond the summer program because so many people helped me throughout my life and career and we all have to pass it on,” Moore said. “EOYDC is an organization I truly believe in and Regina is an inspirational leader who loves these children. She is committed. “
Pathway to College was created to prepare students for a smooth, uncomplicated and informed transition into college life including academic counseling, college tours and free assistance with financial options provided for eighth graders and up.
“I’m really surprised and happy to have gotten the scholarship,” recipient Sha’Quea Pratt said.
“I give all the credit to Regina,” Nikki Shaw said of Jackson, who has worked tirelessly for the center for 17 years. “She works hard every year all year and I’m excited about our inner-city youth doing things and going to college.”
For more information on the East Oakland Youth Development Center, visit eoydc.org.
Special Thanks to Shades Magazine and Carla Thomas Photography