59th NAACP Human Rights Dinner at the Wyndham Grand


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Pittsburgh native, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA sensation Swin Cash came home to encourage giving back during the 59th NAACP Human Rights Dinner Thursday at the Wyndham Grand. "Reenergize, Refocus, Restructure: Save Our Youth" was the theme. "It's really an honor and blessing to be here tonight," said Ms. Cash. "This one is really personal because of what the Pittsburgh NAACP represents, and the cause of helping our youth is one I am passionate about."

The Pittsburgh Unit of the NAACP was founded in 1915 and now has a 30-year tradition of awarding scholarships. This year 12 accomplished high school seniors and college students were honored and were among the nearly 800 guests. The awardees were Eric Scott, Kelsey Miller, Lauren Brown, Aryell Heywood, Brandon Nelson, Kayla Webster, Cody Williams, Travis Robinson, Deja Hopkins, Brandon Briscoe, Alexandria Johnson and Samatha Sanchez. NAACP president Constance Parker and Gayle Moss, who is CEO, board chair, dinner chair and an honoree, were among those mingling with corporate chairs Cathy and Ray Carter and honorees Charlie Batch and Mel Blount during the VIP reception.

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