Ur­ban League stirs up suc­cess with celebrity bar­tend­ing event

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The orig­i­nal celebrity bar­tender at Amici Ris­torante on Palm Beach hon­ored the Ur­ban League of Palm Beach County with a night of net­work­ing, fundrais­ing and celebri­ties on Au­gust 13.

Celebrity bar­tenders in­cluded Keenan Smith, me­te­o­rol­o­gist with WPTV and Graylen Hous­ton, pres­i­dent of the Ur­ban League Young Pro­fes­sion­als. Funds were raised through tips given to the celebrity bar­tenders to help sup­port the Ur­ban League’s ef­forts to as­sist youth and fam­i­lies in Palm Beach County. More than 60 at­ten­dees turned out to sup­port the or­ga­ni­za­tions ef­forts.

The Ur­ban League is the lead­ing provider of com­pre­hen­sive fam­ily ser­vices in Palm Beach County and has been serv­ing the com­mu­nity for 35 years. The Ur­ban League of­fers hous­ing coun­sel­ing ser­vices in­clud­ing fore­clo­sure preven­tion pro­grams, youth pro­grams in­clud­ing the na­tional award winning NULITES Chap­ter and com­mu­nity crime preven­tion pro­grams.

Marta M. Casas-Ce­laya, di­rec­tor of gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity af­fairs with Com­cast made a spe­cial an­nounce­ment dur­ing the event and pre­sented Pa­trick Franklin, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ur­ban League with a check for $13,110 as part of their con­tin­ued com­mit­ment from Com­cast Cares Day. Com­cast Cares Day is a na­tional vol­un­teer day for Com­cast em­ploy­ees and the more than 500 Com­cast em­ploy­ees helped to ren­o­vate the Ur­ban League fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated in West Palm Beach.

"Com­cast is a leader in cor­po­rate phi­lan­thropy by putting their time, their em­ploy­ees time and re­sources be­hind im­prov­ing non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in the com­mu­nity," said Pa­trick J. Franklin Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ur­ban League.

The Ur­ban League will host their next celebrity bar­tend­ing event at Amici on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2009.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kate Alvarado at 561-833-1461, ext. 3002 or visit www.ulpbc.org.

Graylen Hous­ton, celebrity bar­tender, mixes drink for guest

Beatrice J. McKoy, Ur­ban League board mem­ber and Peter Kane of the Pres­i­dent Coun­try Club

Crowd at Amici lis­tens to the Com­cast an­nounce­ment.

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