BY LAJUANA MILLER, Allen Chapel AME Church
SANFORD – Allen Chapel AME Church will host its first annual Black Business & Professional Day on Sunday, February 19, 2023. This is an occasion to recognize, celebrate, and offer blessings for three local businesses and two professionals, who are making a positive impact on the community. The ceremony will take place during the 10 am worship service. Those being honored were selected from more than 16 businesses and professionals who were nominated to receive this prestigious recognition.
“One of the first things I noticed about Sanford, soon after my arrival in November, was the large number of Black-owned businesses and the number of African Americans who held significant positions in government, nonprofits, and corporations.” states Rev. AJ Davis, Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church “I am delighted that some of our members conceived of this occasion. I certainly hope to make it an annual event. My only regret is that we can only honor a few businesses and professionals each year.”
The five honorees for this year include: Angel’s Soul Food and Barbeque owned by Tony, Cathia, and Toni Posey; Serita D. Beamon, Superintendent, Seminole County Public Schools; Barbara Coleman-Foster, Associate Vice President, Equity & Diversity, Seminole State College; Signature Events Hall owned by Dr. Maria McCoy; and Gail & Wynn’s Mortuary owned by Gail Thomas-DeWitt and Alexander Wynn, III.
The Allen Chapel church family extends a heartfelt invitation to the families, friends, and colleagues of this year’s honorees, along with the community at large to join us in saluting these worthy businesses and individuals. Questions concerning Black Business & Professional Day may be sent to Lajuana Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-403-7254. The public is invited to visit www.facebook.com/allenchapelsanford and the church’s website www.allenchapelsanford.com for ongoing information about its commitment to being a beacon of hope and love for the community.