OIC Hosts 50th Anniversary Gala; Reverend Al Sharpton Delivered Keynote Address

More than 600 attendees for black tie event on Saturday, June 14th

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Centers) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a gala at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, June 14th. More than 600 guests attended the black-tie event which featured an awards dinner program. The Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the keynote address. U.S. Congressman John Lewis (Georgia – 5th District), received the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan Lifetime Achievement Award, and Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Pastor of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, received the Trailblazer Award. In addition, four-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum songwriter, producer & recording artist Bunny Sigler performed the national anthem. Dancing and live music was provided by Renaissance Jazz & R&B.

Founded in 1964 by the late Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan, OIC was created to address the lack of education and job training programs available to minorities in Philadelphia so they may better prepare themselves and become part of a highly-skilled workforce. With 44 affiliated programs in 22 states and the District of Columbia and over 50 affiliates internationally, OIC has grown into a movement, which has served more than three million disadvantaged and under-skilled people. For more information on Philadelphia OIC, visit www.PhilaOIC.org.