Chicago State University Foundation’s 4th Annual “Essence of An Angel” this Sunday

Single-mother leaders share their stories while raising scholarship funds for single mom students
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CHICAGO - April 9, 2014 - PRLog -- (CHICAGO)  -- The 2014 recipients of the Chicago State University (CSU) Foundation (’s “Essence of An Angel” Awards will share their stories of challenge and triumph at the 4th Annual Luncheon, Sunday, April 13 at the CSU Academic Library beginning at 12:00 p.m.  This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the achievements of some of Chicago’s most successful single mothers - past and current - while funding scholarships for single mothers who attend the University.

2014 honorees are Brenda Palms Barber, Executive Founder, North Lawndale Employment Network; Cristina Baines, Manager, Chicago State University Creative and Print Services; Aundrea Holland, CSU Student; Lisa Haley Huff, Senior Vice President, PNC Bank and Gwendolyn Mackel Rice, Non Profit Consultant.  In addition to sharing their stories, the honorees will speak about the importance of serving as an “Angel” or role model to CSU students and the community at large.

“This award celebrates the talents and dedication of women who have achieved success in their careers and devote themselves to making their communities healthier, safer and more inspirational places to live while balancing the commitment of being a parent,” said CSU Foundation Board Chair Maurice Grant

of Grant Schumann, LLC.  Presently, over
50% of female students enrolled at CSU are single mothers. This year’s honorees bring to 20 the number of women leaders who have received this special recognition.  This year, five CSU students  -Bianca Clark,

Sophia Cole, Brittney Jones, Lisa Medlock and Telisa Randle will receive the “Essence of An Angel” Scholarships.

Essence of An Angel” is sponsored by PNC Bank, Macy’s, Grant Schuman, LLC, the Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP), Country Financial, Better Benefits

Family Group and UPS.  In-kind sponsors include Luster Products, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, L.A. Fitness, Ganier Designs, Gifts Made Especially For You, Unik Creations, Star Souls Designs and Mary Kay Cosmetics.  Tickets are $75 and sponsorships are welcome. The emcee for the event will be Dr. Garrard McClendon, Emmy Award winning talk show host, professor, and author. Special guests include R & B singer, Adam Emil, singer Senabella Gill, the Bronzeville Diva and poet Martin Grow.

Who:          Chicago State University Foundation (CSUF)

What:          4th Annual “Essence of An Angel” Scholarship Luncheon

When:          Sunday, April 13, 2013

         Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Where:          CSU Academic Library

         9501 S. Martin Luther King Drive

         Chicago, IL

Why:          Celebrate the achievements of successful single mothers (past and current) while raising funds to provide scholarships for CSU students who are single moms.

To purchase tickets, make a donation or become a sponsor please call the CSU Foundation at 773.995.3839.  Follow the conversation about this event by using the hash tag #essenceofanangel on Twitter, and follow the CSUF on Facebook at

About “Essence of An Angel” Scholarship Luncheon

The “Essence of An Angel” Scholarship Luncheon’s purpose is twofold:  Celebrate the achievements of women in their professional and personal lives as single mothers, while acknowledging and supporting the impact single mothers have made on CSU and the Chicago community. Funds raised through the event provide financial support for single mothers attending CSU. Any full-time CSU student, who is a single mother and meets the grade point average and other criteria, may apply.

About the Chicago State University Foundation

The Chicago State University Foundation was chartered in 1967 and incorporated in 1968 as an independent, charitable organization with the sole purpose of soliciting, receiving, and administering private gifts to the Chicago State University.  The CSU Foundation is committed to “helping one student at a time” by raising funds to support CSU students and programs.

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