Minority Securities Organization hosts 4th Annual Awards Gala


DETROIT – March 22, 2010 – On Thursday, April 7, 2010, the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) Detroit Chapter will host, Encore IV, its 4th Annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet. In addition to a festive event and awards presentation, the non-profit association is also using this as a time to stake claim to its goal to give away more scholarships this year than ever before.

“Given the state of the economy, students and parents are faced with family budget shortfalls and tough decisions to make regarding educational choices,” explains Lottie Robertson, a NASP officer. “We believe this is really the time for organizations such as NASP to support our youth in achieving their dreams of higher education.”

NASP is a non-profit association of professionals in the securities industry, focusing on bringing together the nation’s minorities and women who have achieved recognition in the industry as brokers, asset managers, public finance consultants and other finance professionals.

The Encore Awards Banquet, which will be held from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm at the Detroit Athletic Club on April 7th, will honor individuals who have made a difference or a significant contribution to the financial services industry in an effort to raise money for scholarships.

Tickets to the event are $125 with tables ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.  Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, dancing and a formal awards presentation.

This year’s honorees include Susan Glaser, Trustee , City of Detroit General Retirement System; Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager, Detroit Public Schools; Brian Jeffries, President/CEO, Ambassador Capital; and Benny N. Napoleon, Wayne County Sheriff.

Since its inception in 2007, the NASP-Detroit/Shafter Terry III Scholarship Fund has awarded over 120 scholarships to qualified Metro Detroiters.  NASP – Detroit President, Kathleen Colin elaborates: “NASP – Detroit distinguishes itself as a chapter of NASP-National in that we are a true reflection of our community-we center our efforts on uplifting Detroiters! The most effective way that we do this is through raising much needed scholarship dollars for the Youth of Detroit-Our Future!  We also honor the older “second chance” student with a leaning towards single parents and individuals who may be financially challenged as well.”

The lives of numerous Metro Detroiters have been enhanced as a direct result of the generous contributions made by NASP-Detroit.  These often touching testimonials inspire the association to continue its good work.

“Receiving the NASP Scholarship has made a huge difference for me because the scholarship money made it possible for me to finish my last year without financial stress on my family,” says NASP scholarship recipient Collette Carlton, who was awarded a scholarship two years ago.  “Being a mother of two teenage sons, I wanted to show them that it is possible to achieve their goals.  It allowed me to feel better about me while setting a good example for my children.”

For more information about NASP and the Encore Awards Banquet, please contact Cris Pierson at 586-202-4090.

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