As the New Pittsburgh Courier embarks on its second century of delivering empowering information, we understand the importance of bringing to the forefront those that make a difference day in and day out in the lives of so many. It is important to pause to tell them thank you for all they do while encouraging them to continue serving and building to even higher levels of positive impact and change.

The Fab 40 honorees, recognized on April 29, were chosen from more than 200 nominations from our readers. They represent a select group of young African-American achievers that understand the importance of building self to serve others. They exemplify the kinds of role models that youth in our community can and should aspire to emulate.

This year—2011—represents a year of robust reflection, change and opportunity for the New Pittsburgh Courier as we work towards a dynamic and impactful future as an urban multi-media outlet. Our robust plans for the remainder of 2011 include three spectacular events: All City Sports Awards Luncheon (Football, Basketball and Track & Field) on June 4; 50 Women of Excellence (July TBA); and 50 Men of Excellence (September TBA).

These events provide an opportunity to highlight, connect, relate, inform and contribute to building our community to new heights, while also strengthening the reach and foundation structure of the New Pittsburgh Courier for greater impact moving forward. We’ll be broadening our reach through multiple platforms, including social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and our web site

While well aware of our challenges, we are excited about the future of our publication as a leader in Pittsburgh. Our mission involves providing leadership as we generate pride, renewed energy and a sense of forward movement and progressive action.

A key element to realizing the highest levels of success in carrying out the Fab 40 Awards—and all of the above mentioned events—are those sponsors and advertisers that continue to invest dollars in our business towards a positive return. These are the companies and individuals that demonstrate in a tangible way an understanding of the importance of diversity and the necessity of economic expansion for minority businesses and communities, particularly in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Thanks to all of our Fab 40 sponsors: Donate Life Pennsylvania, Fifth Third Bank, Highmark, UPMC, Dignity & Respect Campaign, and the University of Pittsburgh.

We also thank our Fab 40 advertisers: Geneva College, BNY Mellon, CCAC, KBK Enterprises, Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant, Macedonia Baptist Church, the Hill Community Development Corporation, Union Baptist Church of Swissvale, Urban Pathways Charter Schools, Mon Valley Initiative, Highmark, Youth Media Advocacy Project of Carlow University, the University of Pittsburgh, FHL Bank Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Duquesne University and UPMC.

Each is a positive contributor to our growth and that of the entire community.

We commend them for what they’ve done and challenge them to do more as we execute our plans for growth. They have bought into our vision with a tangible investment, understanding the importance of strengthening the African-American community, economically, educationally and emotionally with greater hope for a better future.

To those who attended Friday’s event on the 29 at the U.S. Steel Tower Upper Lobby, we thank you for joining us in the celebration of achievement by our Fab 40 honorees, and for your support of the New Pittsburgh Courier. More importantly, thanks for your support of the dynamic young women and men that we honor and recognize each year. We know that it is in large part due to a strong support system that each of them can do the work that they do each day in such a highly effective and consistent way.

To the Fab 40 Class of 2011, we say thank you for graciously accepting the honor and allowing us to share with the community “your stories.”

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