2015 Living History Program :: Save the Date!

Archon Ray LaStrape
Greetings Archons,

I want to first thank the 2015 Living History Program (LHP) Executive Committee and the Archons who volunteered their time to mentor the young adults in the program.

The program is this Saturday, February 28th at The Salvation Army KROC Center located at 1375 East Broadway, Phoenix, AZ 85040. It will start promptly at 10 AM.

The theme again this year is “The Art of Jurisprudence” as we were unable to honor all of the deserving legal community leaders last year.

The 2015 Honorees are:

  • Judge Carol Berry
  • Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Esq.
  • Judge Steven P. Logan
  • Lillian Johnson, Esq.
  • Yvette Kinsey, Esq.

As you know, the program is designed to expose our youth to prominent African-American community leaders who have made a significant difference in their field of endeavor. It is a partnership between the Phoenix Gamma Mu Boule, Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. and Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Our young adults, with guidance from the mentors, have put in a lot of work to make the 2015 Living History Program a success. They attended several interview and presentation workshops, coordinated and conducted the interview and developed professional presentations for Saturday’s program.

This is our program and I respectfully ask that, if possible, you come out to encourage and support our young adults. Feel free to invite family, friends and co-workers as well.

It is free to the public.


Archon Ray LaStrape, Sr.

2015 Living History Program

Music Single "Snow Day" Released

A music single with music composed by Archon Holton has been released and is now available on both iTunes and Amazon. The single, Snow Day, is a collaboration between Archon Holton (music) and longtime friend, Matt Feeney, (lyrics). The single, which combines jazz with folk/bluegrass, was recorded at Ghost Note Studios in Phoenix, AZ. The song was published under the name of the performing group, feeney/winthrop, and is available for immediate download.

The song features...

Matt Feeney, lead vocal
Luke Holton, piano
Larry Winthrop, Guitar
Kathleen Feeney, background vocal
Pat Winthrop, background vocal
Kregg Barentine, saxophone.

Download from iTunes here.

Download from Amazon here.

Save the Date!

Snow Day and other music will be performed at the 2015 St. Joseph the Worker Benefit Concert Saturday, April 25, 2015. Doors open at 6:00pm. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend to show your support for St. Joseph the Worker.

Purchase tickets for the event here.

Learn more about St. Joseph Worker and the work this organization performs for our community here.

Download the event flyer here.

Helios Elects Vada O. Manager to its Board of Directors

Archon Vada Manager

Phoenix, AZ (February 3, 2015)

Helios Education Foundation announced today the expansion of its Board of Directors with the election of Vada O. Manager, an internationally-recognized global business and brand strategist. With the addition of Mr. Manager, the Foundation’s Board of Directors now consists of 10 members who each possess a strong passion for education and the visionary belief that every individual in Arizona and Florida should have the opportunity to pursue and complete a postsecondary education.

The Foundation’s endowment is approaching $700 million and since 2004, the organization has invested over $155 million in strategic education initiatives in Arizona and Florida that have provided over 8,000 college scholarships, supported the college-going aspirations of more than 135,000 students and trained over 16,000 educators.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Vada’s talent, strategic business expertise and global experience on Helios’ Board of Directors, and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge he will contribute to the work of the Foundation,” said Helios’ Founding Chairman, Vince Roig. “But most importantly, Vada brings an incredible amount of passion to this work of ensuring that every student achieves a postsecondary education, and it’s that passion that endures and will ensure that Helios continues to change lives through education in perpetuity.”

Mr. Manager began his career at the age of 20 as an appointed member of the Arizona Board of Regents while still attending Arizona State University. Before forming the Manager Global Consulting Group in 2009, Mr. Manager served as Senior Director of Global Issues Management for NIKE, Inc., with direct and indirect management responsibilities for NIKE’s global sourcing procedures, brand/marketing communications, litigation support and athlete, product and corporate issues management.

Mr. Manager also provided consultation to several of the company's key initiatives for online commerce and new business acquisitions such as the Starter and Converse brands. During his 12-year tenure, NIKE’s revenues grew from $6 billion to $18 billion.

ASU gala honors unsung changemakers

From left to right: ASU alumnus Vada O. Manager was honored as the 2014 Architect of the Year at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy's inaugural Architects of Change Gold and Silver Gala on Dec. 6; Ruben Gallego, newly elected representative for the 7th Congressional District of Arizona; Sparky the Sun Devil; City of Phoenix District 8 councilwoman Kate Gallego; and professor Matthew C. Whitaker, founding director of the center. Photo by: Ashley Lowery Photography

More than 400 community members joined Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Talking Stick Resort on Dec. 6 to celebrate the service and accomplishments of eight unsung heroes working for positive social change. The inaugural Architects of Change Gold and Silver Gala also raised funds to support the work of the center, which promotes unity across cultural and racial boundaries, and more citizen involvement in participatory democracy. READ MORE....

To view an event photo gallery click here.

Dental Care for our Vets provided by Archon Collins

Archon Ahmed Collins
Archon Collins honored our veterans for the second year this past Veterans Day by providing free dental work for vets. Veterans were able to choose one of the following services: cleaning, filling or extraction. Services were provided at the Desert Dentistry locations displayed below.

4206 East Chandler Blvd, #20 Phoenix 480-706-4600
6231 South Central Avenue Phoenix 602-268-2273
6226 North 27th Avenue Phoenix 602-242-0060
15033 West Bell Road Surprise 623-537-9100
409 West Main Street Payson 928-472-8400

View Channel 3 video below where Archon Collins discusses the program.

If you have trouble viewing the video above please click here to view the video on the Channel 3 site.

Exclusive Evening of Wine, hors d'oeuvres and World Class Jazz

The Barry Harris Trio concert hosted by Don and Yvonne Bland turned out to be a truly magical experience. The opportunity to listen to world class jazz artist in such an intimate setting made for a special evening. The evening featured Barry Harris – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Lewis Nash – drums.

To truly appreciate the jazz lovers listening experience check out the video here. Enjoy!