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National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.-MECCA chapter Continues to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Upcoming Annual Scholarship Gala to Benefit “Little Ladies”

The organization ignites community, civic leaders, artists and tastemakers to join in support of the cause during this tough economic time.

Atlanta, GA – College tuition is on the rise in the U.S. and leaders from the National Coalition of 100

Black Women, Inc.-MECCA chapter (NC100BW) is leading the cause to raise funds to help Atlanta Metro

Girls to pay for college. Funds from the 5th Annual Scholarship Gala, on April 24, 2010 will benefit

deserving high-school students from Atlanta Metro Schools. The students are members of the chapter’s

mentoring program “The Little Ladies of MECCA (LLM)” for girls of color age 10 through 18 who reside in

Metro Atlanta.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta 265 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303

Reception:  5:30pm

Dinner and Program: 7pm

Dancing and Entertainment: 9pm

The theme for this year’s scholarship gala is “Investing in the Next Generation through the Art of

Education” and targets guests with a knack for giving back. For $100.00 per person, guests will enjoy live

entertainment, dinner, dancing, and silent/live auction items from Atlanta’s leaders in the creative arts

community.  This year’s gala honoree is former Atlantan and Executive Director of The National Black

Arts Festival, Stephanie S. Hughley, Vice President of Programming and New Media for the New Jersey

Performing Arts Center.

The MECCA Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. received the 2010 Hosea

Williams Award for Community Activism from Georgia State University for its contributions to the

community and the promotion of human rights.   “I am proud to be a part of an organization that is

dedicated to enhancing the lives of our local youth,” said NC100BW – MECCA Chapter Director of

Programs, Susie England. “Continuous development of our young girls as outstanding citizens and viable

leaders is vital.”

Tickets for the 5th Annual Scholarship Gala can be purchased online at

Scholarship Gala Contact:

NC100BW, MECCA Chapter

Caneka Hardon, 2010 Scholarship Gala Chair



The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) and (4) volunteer

organization with chapters throughout the United States. Since 1981, The National Coalition of 100 Black

Women, Inc. has prioritized advocacy for Black women, children and other women of color. The

organization’s national and local actions and strategic alliances promote leadership development and

gender equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment.

MECCA officially became a chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in June 1993 and

serves as an advocacy organization that seeks to empower women and young teens of color through

programs that meet their diverse needs in Metro Atlanta.  Paula Ward serves as President of NC100BW,

MECCA Chapter.


The Little Ladies of MECCA (LLM) project was adopted in August 1993 as a long-term youth mentoring

program dedicated to nurturing and enhancing youth growth and development. The key program

initiatives of LLM are to provide enriching experiences to girls of color ages 10 – 18 in the areas of Arts

and Cultural Affairs, Health and Wellness and Political Awareness. The program provides a bridge of

stability and motivation from elementary school and adolescence through high school and maturity for the

participating young women. The Little Ladies of MECCA graduated its first group in May of 2006 and

have since provided 100% of its graduating seniors with financial scholarships for college.

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