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Black Achievers Gala set for January

December 12, 2006

The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers Gala will be Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Four Points Sheraton. Social time will begin at 6 p.m.

The gala honors Adult Achievers and salutes Teen Achievers and adult mentors.

The keynote Speaker will be Tracey L. Pinson, director of the Office of Small Business Programs in the Office of Secretary of the Army.

"Everyone in the YMCA family is very excited about the gala," said Lasaundra Dorsey, the Black Achievers coordinator at the Y. "During the event, we will honor employees from First Data Merchant Services who contribute to the program."

This year's theme is "Designing Your Future to Live Your Dreams."

Tickets will be available at the front desk of the Y until Jan. 18. Seating is limited.

Admission is $20 for children 4 to11 years old and $25 for those age 12 and older.

Pinson became director of the Small Business Programs Office in May 1995. She advises the Secretary of the Army and the Army Staff on all small business procurement issues and is responsible for the implementation of federal acquisition programs designed to assist small businesses, including small disadvantaged businesses and women-owned businesses, according to a press release from the Y.

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She is responsible for the management of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions program, and develops policies and initiatives to enhance their participation in Army funded programs.

"As one of the top females in the Army's acquisition career field, she is responsible for the integration of small businesses, HBCUs and MIs in acquisition strategies developed at the Army headquarters.

"She also provides management and oversight for the Army's Mentor-Protg Program," the Y said.

Born in Washington, D.C., Pinson graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science. She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with husband Darryl Dennis and daughter Maya.

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