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Mrs. Kathye Jenkins
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Improving the quality of life in South Los Angeles communities has guided the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation (CPRF) since its founding in 2001 and continues to be its main mission as they prepare to celebrate a decade of service.
On Saturday, April 9, CPRF will hold the 10th Anniversary Awards Musical Luncheon at 12 noon at the Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 West 162nd Street in Gardena. Several people will be honored and a new scholarship unveiled in memory of the first CPRF chairperson, Mrs. Gloria Taylor.
"This organization is a ministry of the Gardena Valley and Vicinity Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Association and was founded to provide religious, educational, social and economic support to those in need. We praise God for sustaining us over the years and enabling us to help so many people," said Mrs. Kathye Jenkins, CPRF founder and president.
CPRF activities include donating clothing and toys to shelters, assisting women in transitional facilities, supplying finances to the needy, adopting classrooms, awarding scholarships for education support to students, and giving recognition awards for faithful kingdom building.
Four people will be recognized at this year's luncheon for their work in the community. They are Sister Mildred Hunter, Church Administrator at St. John M.B. Church; Sister Margaret McCrary, Senior Citizen Advocate and member of Messiah M.B. Church; Sister Meeka Robinson-Davis, co-owner of One of a Kind Hats and member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ; and Brother Ralph Sutton, Community Development Coordinator and member of Good Shepherd M.B. Church.
"We will also dedicate the Gloria G. Taylor Scholarship Fund. The late Mrs. Taylor, the wife of the late Pastor Isam Taylor of Faithful Service Baptist Church, coordinated our first program, "Women in White Honoring Millennium Men and Living Legends," and gave tirelessly to the CPRF," said Mrs. Jenkins.
The namesake of CPRF is the late Dr. Cynthia Perry Ray, Dean of the International Association of Ministers' Wives & Ministers' Widows, Inc., President of the Women's Department of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and a national instructor for the Congress of Christian Education.
"Dr. Ray had a desire to serve the Lord through ministry. She was truly a role model who served God by example and allowed the work she did speak for her. As a graduate of Clark College, Temple College and New York University, she retired as a great educator, fulfilling a love for learning," said Mrs. Jenkins.
Music for the luncheon will be provided by Pastor Clarence Kirkwood and the Male Chorus of First New Rising Sun Baptist Church and other guests. Donations are $35 for adults and $20 for children under 12.
Prudence D. Wright and Sandra Scranton Lee are program chairpersons. For more information, call (310) 567-4231 or email