Chicago's "Neighborhood Heroes" Take A Bow During Black History Month
ComEd launches "The Power of One" campaign
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
ComEd.com/PowerOfOne, and its social media channels Facebook.com/ComEd 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 ComEd.com/PowerOfOne 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
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
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
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.
Contact: ComEd Media Relations, (312) 394-3500, www.comed.com/news
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