The Cathedral School Alumni Association Inc.-New York Metro Chapter (CSAA-NYM) in collaboration with the Cathedral School Educational Foundation (the Foundation) will hold its 7th Annual Archbishop Michael K. Francis Achievement Awards on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Edison, New Jersey, USA.
The annual red carpet banquet, which honors the life and distinguished service of the late Archbishop Emeritus of Monrovia, is a benefit for the Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports education in Liberia.
In a joint statement, the CSAA-NYM, the Foundation and the entire alumni family said they are honored to acknowledge the late Archbishop’s life-long service to God and the Liberian people. “The late Archbishop Emeritus Michael Kpakala Francis, the 1999 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, passed away in May 2013. Not only did he leave an indelible mark on the lives of generations of students, he also served his country as a true champion of peace and justice,” the statement said.
At the September 24 event, the CSAA-NYM and the Foundation will present the 2016 Archbishop Michael K. Francis Achievement Awards to four distinguished individuals, namely: Harven V. DeShield, Ph.D.; Katie Meyler; Maureen Sieh; and Michael K. Gray.
Dr. Deshield, an experienced intellectual property attorney with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, has served as Chief Legal & Operations Officer for a start-up developmental stage biotechnology company, as well as an intellectual property attorney at several law firms. As a board member of YesLiberia, Dr. DeShield is also an alumnus of Cathedral Catholic School.
Katie Meyler, founder of the More Than Me Academy, a tuition-free school providing education, healthcare & social services to vulnerable girls in West Point, Liberia, was also named one of Time’s Persons of the Year (2014) for her excellent and brave work in Liberia during the Ebola crisis.
Maureen Sieh, a media development consultant with over 20 plus years experience as a journalist in Liberia and the United States, is also a graduate of Cathedral High School. She is currently a media development consultant with Internews Liberia.
Michael K. Gray is District Director/Chief of Staff in the Office of U.S. Congressman Donald Payne Jr. Gray is also Founder/CEO of Save Our Nations, a humanitarian effort in West Africa created as a result of the Ebola crisis.
Tickets to the event are available for purchase ($55 Regular; $70 at Door; $100 Patron). To reserve a table or advertising space, please contact [email protected]