Chicago's "Neighborhood Heroes" Take A Bow During Black History Month

    Chicago's "Neighborhood Heroes" Take A Bow During Black History Month  ComEd launches "The Power of One" campaign  PR Newswire  CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2014  CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane Latiker, a mother of eight and grandmother to 13, began her outreach by opening her home as a safe haven to kids on the block. Her compassion to help a few has created an award-winning non-profit organization, "Kids off the Block," dedicated to providing more than 1,500 young people positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system. Today she has a center that services nearly 50 young people each day for tutoring, counseling or activities such as sports, drama, dance and music.  In honor of Black History Month, ComEd launched its "Power of One" campaign to recognize unsung heroes, like Diane, who are making a difference in the community. The campaign profiles 28 inspiring Chicago-area "Neighborhood Heroes," and their unique stories of how they are powering lives.  "We are pleased to honor our heroes for their remarkable contributions to their neighborhoods and Chicago's rich African American heritage," said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president of strategy and administration, ComEd. "For more than 100 years, ComEd has been committed to serving the communities where our customers and employees live and work, and this campaign is an extension of this longstanding commitment."  "The Power of One" campaign includes videos profiling the neighborhood heroes. Beginning Feb. 1, all heroes will be profiled on ComEd's website, and its social media channels and Twitter (@ComEd). In addition, the heroes will be highlighted in a series of radio, out of home, print and digital advertisements.  ComEd also invites the general public to nominate someone to be the next featured neighborhood hero. Visit and click on the "Nominate" section for more information.  ComEd's "The Power of One" neighborhood heroes:  Name                  Neighborhood     Organization Anta Njie             West Chatham     Anta's Promise: Collect, Care and Share Betty Price           Englewood        Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy (FCHN) Brenda Palms Barber   North Lawndale   North Lawndale Employment Network Carl D. West          Bronzeville      TRUTH 4 Literacy After School Program Charisma Cannon       South Shore      ShoeHeals Charles Leeks         North Lawndale   Neighborhood Housing Services Che "Rhymefest" Smith Chatham          Donda's House Cheryl Johnson        Altgeld Gardens  People for Community Recovery Cliff Rome            Bronzeville      Rome's Joy Catering David Peterson, Jr.   Pullman          A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter                                        Museum Diane Latiker         Roseland         Kids Off The Block Elizabeth Gardner     Woodlawn         The Woodlawn Community Summit Ernest Dawkins        Englewood        Englewood Jazz Festival Felicia Houston       South Loop       Anointed Wives Ministry Halleemah Nash        South Loop       Israel Idonije Foundation J. Michael Carr, Jr.  South Shore      The Fathers for the Future Foundation Jackie Taylor         Uptown           Black Ensemble Theater Kamau Murray          Washington Park  XS Tennis and Education Foundation Kelly Fair            Roseland         Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring                                        Program Kim Tyler             Bronzeville      ENDURE Productions Kimberley Rudd        Auburn Gresham   Shift to Fitness Larry Roberts, Jr.    Glendale Heights Larry's Barber College Leonardo D. Gilbert   Roseland         West Pullman Food Network Mable Taplin          South Shore      Joanie Girl's Heart Mark Harris           Englewood        Englewood Film Festival Naomi Davis           Woodlawn         Blacks In Green (BIG) Rev. Gregory Powell   Matteson         New Faith Baptist International Tina Harbin           Englewood        Greater Englewood Community Development                                        Corporation  Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.  SOURCE ComEd  Website: Contact: ComEd Media Relations, (312) 394-3500,