With the support of its funders, board of directors, staff and partners Small Seeds Development, Inc. has made a commitment to helping families. On Sept. 28, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Small Seeds celebrated 10 years of service in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

SEWING SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE—Seated from left: Andrew Cheesboro, Marcia Sturdivant and Rev. James McLemore. Back row from left: Kathi Elliott, Greg Spencer, Everett Blanton and Ryan P. Parker. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

With Brenda Waters (anchor/reporter-KDKA) as the mistress of ceremonies and Carmelle Nickens Phillips and Vince Sims as honorary chairs, Small Seeds Development Inc. honored those who have sewn seeds for the future. Honorees included Rev. Dr. James H. McLemore (Visionary Award), Katie Everette Johnson (Pioneer Award), Gregory R. Spencer (Pioneer Award), Marcia M. Sturtevant (Community Service and Leadership Award) and Everett Blanton (Outstanding Service.) The evening included butlered hors d’oeuvres catered by the Common Plea, entertainment by The Kevin Howard Duo and artistic inflections by Yamean Design Services.

Small Seeds, where Andrew Cheeseboro is the CEO, provides a breath of services that include financial literacy education, health and wellness education, parenting skills, goal setting, mother support groups, manhood training/rites of passage, case management, crisis intervention, cultural activities and civic engagement.

Reverend McLemore, founder and board chair said, “The August Wilson Center of African American Culture was the most appropriate setting for their celebration as it represents all that is creative and courageous in our culture and society.” The tenth anniversary committee: Ryan P. Parker (co-chair), Kathi Elliott (co-chair), Nikki Coffee, Keisha Dickerson, Roxanne Epperson and Tiffany Lumpkin.

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