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Lawrence & Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund 5th Annual Legacy Luncheon May 27

Perry 5th Annual Legacy Luncheon

Durham, NC – The Lawrence & Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund (L&APSF) will sponsor its Fifth Annual Scholarship Fund Legacy Luncheon on Saturday, May 27th, 11:30 am at the Washington Duke Inn (3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham NC).  The Legacy Luncheon was established to honor persons in Durham and vicinity who walk in the pathways of faith, family, history, and love of the late Rev. Lawrence Perry and Mrs. Artelia Marsh Perry (the axiom of the Scholarship Fund).

Mrs. Artelia Perry
Mrs. Artelia Perry

Honorees for 2017 are “Durham Area Family Caregivers” who walk in the pathways of faith, family, history and love.  The 16 Family Caregiver Honorees are Mrs. Sheila Mason-Carter, Ms. Lettie W. Elliott, Mrs. Delores Watson Estes, Mrs. Annabell M. Fearrington, Ms. Iris Fisher, Mrs. Geneva Ann Hamilton, Dr. Paula L. Harrell, Ms. Gwenerviere Hester, Mrs. Barbara Butler Hunter, Mr. Brian Jinwright, Mrs. Barba

ra Walker Lewis, Mrs. Shaunesi Reid-Bledsoe, Ms. Zena Sherrill, Ms. Mary Sims, Mrs. Enid Sutton Smith and Ms. Sybil Sumpter.

The Lawrence & Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund (L&APSF), an IRS 501(c) (3) public charity, was established in 2011 to provide annual support for meritorious, needy students at Bennett College, Livingstone College, and North Carolina Central University. The 2017 Perry Scholarship Fund Awardees will also be presented and recognized.

This year’s scholarship goal is to award at least 10 high school and college/university enrolled students $1,000. each for a total of $10,000.  Proceeds from the annual luncheon, corporation sponsorships, direct donations and sale of the book Artelia: Portrait of an African American Matriarch are the primary scholarship fundraising methods.

Legacy Luncheon Co-Chairs are Ms. Stilwyn Perry Brown and Rev. Dr. Michael D. Page.   Dr. Joyce Perry Edwards is the L&APSF Board Chair.

The L&APSF Board of Directors invites you to join in this celebration by purchasing a luncheon ticket ($40) or by purchasing an ad for the Legacy Souvenir Journal.

For additional information, please call (919) 908 -0153 or email

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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