ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Training School –Bladen Central High School Alumni Association held its 20th annual Black Business Banquet on April 26 at The Paul R. Brown Building and honored several local black business owners.
Dorothy McKoy, president of the alumni association, acted as mistress of ceremonies.
The program began with the presentation of colors by the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy cadets. The Rev. Vince Rozier gave an invocation and Catherine Autry welcomed the group. Lenora Johnson and Family provided music throughout the program.
After dinner, catered by Cindy’s Drive Thru, Delores Wade introduced Rev. Charles Whitted as the keynote speaker for the evening. Whitted is pastor of Saint Rest AME Zion Church in White Oak, who focused on the need for the return of unity, trust and honesty in the home, church and community.
“There was once a time when if a man gave you his word and shook hands on it, you could trust that he would do what he said,” he said.
After Whitted was presented a certificate of appreciation, the Rev. Roland T. McKoy and Minnie Price recognized and presented certificates to all businesses present. Businesses recognized were: Al’s Barber Shop, AA&S Farms, Catherine’s Enterprise, Cindy’s Drive Thru, Creations of Adell’s Beauty Salon, Cromartie’ Enterprise, East Coast Delivery Service, MCCAD, 3M’s & T, Inc., OK Farms and Rozier’s Realty.
The John L. Lucas Outstanding Business Award, presented in honor of the late John Lawrence Lucas, long-time treasurer of the alumni association and well-known building contractor in southeastern North Carolina, was presented to Clara Adams,; owner and operator of Clara’s Fashion House, located 3 miles north of Elizabethtown on U.S. 701.
Adam’s love for sewing began at an early age while repairing old clothes for her younger brothers and sisters. After graduating from high school in Elizabethtown, she attended The Fashion Institute in New York City and worked as assistant designer at Mary Ann East’s in Brooklyn, N.Y. After returning to North Carolina in 1980, she sewed in her home until 2010 when she purchased the building now known as Clara’s Fashion House.
Adam’s goal is to provide the most affordable prices, excellent customer service, and quality craftsmanship.
The program ended with the retiring of colors by the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy cadets and benediction by Rozier.