Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Martha Stowe and City Manager Adrian Miller are presenting the check to Elements of Empowerment Board Chair Delta Sanders and Vice Chair Vince Hill. At left are group treasurer Lakisha Spears and secretary David Neeley. And at right is Hampton Inn-Belmont Sales Director Stephanie Prysiazniuk.
On the last day of Black History Month, a new non-profit organization that originated around a festival celebrating the end of slavery in America debuted by hosting a Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce “Network After Work” reception with the Hampton Inn in Belmont.
Elements of Empowerment started as a small group of volunteers working to coordinate the Juneteenth celebration in Belmont’s Stowe Park. Now with its non-profit status secured, the group was ready on Feb. 28, 2017, to celebrate, and many Chamber members and friends were eager to take part.
During the event, the new non-profit received a $2,300 check from the City of Belmont to reimburse some of the expenses for coordinating the next Juneteenth celebration on June 17.