Judy Foston, Foston International
HOUSTON (October 4, 2012) - Bethel's Place Black Chamber of Commerce, Houston's Premiere black chamber of commerce, announces the launch of MEGAeVENT 2012, a 5-event featuring a business conference/expo, transition job and college fair, community fall festival and B-Excellent Awards gala.
The mult-faceted event, hosted in collaboration with the Texas Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and Empower Magazine, will be held, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, at the Bethel's Place Empowerment Center (BPEC), 12660 Sandpiper, Houston, Texas 77035, and Hilton Americas; 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010.
"Helping Youth Mirror Past and Present Excellence in Leadership,"
"Our goal is to bring together the area's best and brightest business, community and education leaders to showcase their success and inspire young people to reach for new heights of excellence in academics and pursuit of their individual dreams," says BPBCC President/CEO Leon Jenkins.
State Senator Rodney Ellis, the event's honorary chair, invites the public to take part in the first annual MEGAeVENT, a five-day event designed to empower the community, local businesses and the next generation of business and community leaders.
The event-filled week will kick off Day One and Two with a Transition Job Fair hosted by DARS that will bring a select pool of high school students with disabilities together with local employers seeking to hire.
Attractions on Day Three include an admission-free community fall festival and business expo on Oct. 31 from 4-9 p.m. on the Bethel's Family campus grounds at 14442 Fonmeadow, Houston, Texas 77035. The evening will feature a carnival-like atmosphere of rides, raffles and networking opportunities as 100 business vendors showcase a variety of foods, products and services.
The entertainment line-up will include an array of performers, including Houston's Premiere spoken word artist, Se7en The Poet, performing selections from his new CD: Public Commentary: The Blue Collection, along with stage performances from several gospel recording artists, dancers and drum line groups.
The Chamber will pay tribute to higher education on Day Four by hosting a College Fair/Convention at BPEC, featuring recruiters from several universities and community colleges.
MEGAeVENT will culminate with a Business Convention, from 8a.m. - 1p.m. on Day Five, comprised of information-
The black tie red-carpet style gala will honor 11 of the top leaders in the community, including Dr. Edith Irby Jones, recipient of the event's B-Excellent Lifetime Achievement Award, along with B-Excellent Award honorees, Dr. Margaret Allen of Amazing Smiles; D'Artagnan Bebel of KRIV Fox 26 TV & KTXH My Fox 20, Dr. Terry Grier, HISD Superintendent, Karen Eubanks Jackson of Sisters Network ,Inc. Mathew Knowles of Music World Entertainment, Inc., Wea Lee of Southern News Group and International Trade Center, Annella Metoyer of Capital One Bank, Pastor Fenton Moorhead of Fenton Moorhead Evangelistic Association, Dr. John Stanford, Jr. of Panjo Investments, Ltd., and Darryl Wischnewski of the Bayway Auto Group.
MEGAeVENT is put on with the generous help of the following sponsors: Alief Independent School District, Bayway Lincoln and Volvo, Capital One Bank, Dr. John Stanford, Jr., Forward Times Newspaper, Fox 26 (KRIV), H-E-B, Houston Independent School District, Houston Rockets, Houston West Chamber of Commerce, KCOH – 1430 AM Houston, Kingdom View, Inc., Law Office of Waverly R. Nolley & Associates, My Fox 20 (KTXH TV), Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Sisters Network, Inc., and The Wash Allen Show.
For sponsorship opportunities or tickets to the B-Excellent Awards Gala, contact Judy Foston at 832-595-2544 or to book a vendor booth, contact Scott Porter at 713-366-6894.
For more information on this exciting community and business empowerment event, visit www.bpbcc.org and click on MEGAeVENT.
About Bethel's Place Black Chamber of Commerce
Bethel's Place Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a member affiliate of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. The nonprofit's mission is to eliminate the economic disparity that African Americans experience in all areas of commerce by empowering them through education, training, networking, entrepreneurship development, and implementation of the community business success model. The Chamber, publisher of Empower Magazine, a bi-monthly business and community interest publication, also seeks to empower existing and aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs by sharing inspiring articles and tips for business success. For more information, visit www.bpbcc.org.
About Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services
The Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is an organization that works to create a Texas where people with disabilities and families with children with developmental delays enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue independent and productive lives. DARS works in partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society. For more information, contact 1-800-628-5115 or visit www.dars.state.tx.us.