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Parson to speak at Black Achievers Gala

March 26, 2009

The Hagerstown YMCA's annual Black Achievers Gala will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at Fountain Head Country Club.

This year's theme is "Destined for Greatness."

The guest speaker will be former North Hagerstown High School and West Virginia University basketball star Cathy Parson, who was born and raised in Hagerstown.

In addition, the following Adult Achievers will be honored: Helen Mency, case manager specialist III, Department of Juvenile Services; Dr. Laura Henderson, Smithsburg Family Practice; Michael Darnell Shaffer, school-age program coordinator, Citi Family Center; and Noel Williams, formerly with Fujifilm USA and formerly president of the United Way's Board of Directors.

The semiformal event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the program and dinner. Tickets cost $35 for adults, including those 12 and older, and $16 for those ages 4 to 11.

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For more information, call Deborah Philips, Black Achievers director, at 301-739-3990, ext. 4239.

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