Uplift Project Excellence Gala Honors Community Members –
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Uplift Project Excellence Gala Honors Community Members –

By: Jair McElveen

On July 27, 2024, the Whimsical Florist Ballroom will host the inaugural Project Uplift Scholarship Gala, an event dedicated to shining a light on community leaders who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Leading the event is Jerome Purdie, founder of the state-registered nonprofit Project Uplift, who is preparing for a memorable evening filled with recognition, community spirit and charitable support.

In sharing his take on the event with us here at BladenOnline, Purdie says, “I just wanted to celebrate Bladen County because I think we often get overlooked and the people in our county who are doing great things get overlooked. I want to shine a light and let the world know that we have people in Bladen County who are really moving and shaking to make our county a better place to live.”

The Project Uplift Black Tie Scholarship Gala will be a lot to look forward to. The event will feature delicious food, live entertainment, a scholarship presentation and an awards ceremony. Looking to the future, Project Uplift is awarding $500 scholarships to two recent high school graduates. In honor of Bladen County’s unsung heroes, nine awards will also be presented. The nine prestigious awards include the Ultimate Educator Award, Community Leader Award, Servant’s Heart Award, Business Champion Award, Organization of the Year Award, Community Partnership Award, Trailblazer Award, Youth Advocate Award and Reaching Back Award. Nominations for these awards were open to the public for 45 days, allowing members of our community to nominate deserving candidates via a Google Form.

Bladen County native and current Durham County, North Carolina Commissioner Nimasheena Burns will be the evening’s keynote speaker. Known for her exceptional leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Building Program, Burns brings extensive experience in community development and empowerment.

“Building as we fly,” Purdie hopes that this event will become an annual event and that through similar events, community members will begin to give back to our community and youth. Through the Project Uplift Excellence Black Tie Scholarship Gala, Purdie hopes to encourage unity and most importantly, progress. Guests can expect an evening of fine dining and networking opportunities focused on strengthening community ties. Finally, Purdie adds, “It takes a community effort to grow, so I hope we all come together to make a difference for the better and for our youth.”

If you would like to attend the Project Uplift Scholarship Gala, tickets are $50 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund and Project Uplift to support the organization’s community initiatives. Tickets can be purchased through the Eventbrite link below, CashApp under the $ProjectUPLIFTNation tag, or by contacting Jerome Purdie directly at 910-224-2882.

Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/fr/projet-uplift-excellence-bourse-d-etudes-noires-tickets-de-gala-916404880667

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