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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) —CVS Pharmacy and Educating Young Minds celebrated its Annual Holiday Celebration with food, toys and gifts for inner city students and their parents and paid tribute to retiring Nestle Executives, USA Vice President, Kenneth Bentley & Deborah Collins, Project Coordinator of Educational Programs for Nestle’ USA. For more than 14 years, under the leadership of Mr. Bentley, Nestle USA has supported EYM Programs and its graduating high school seniors with collegiate scholarships. This is an amazing testimony of support and dedication. CVS Pharmacy and Nestle are committed to education, empowering inner-city youth with the skills to succeed and to Educating Young Minds founder, Ms. Angeles Echols-Brown, which she started more than 27 years ago.

The EYM annual holiday celebration under the direction of Ms. Veda Curry and EYM Board President, Mr. Darrell Smith, was hosted by actor, director and producer, Bill Duke and Karen A. Clark of City National Bank. The event had various international culinary treats and booths. The booths included a photo booth, an African American booth, a Hispanic booth, an Asian booth, an Ethiopian booth and a health and wellness booth, all dedicated to the diversity of students and the EYM Community. There were performances by current EYM & Alumni students. Toys and Gifts included clothing, mini toy cars, dolls, bikes and gift cards for needy children and parents.

Proclamations and acknowledgements were also given to individuals who went beyond their call of duty to support EYM and its various programs in 2013. They were awarded to Adrienne Johnson, CVS Human Resources Regional Business Partner, Karen A. Clark of City National Bank, Quentin Strode of Strode & Associates, Celeste Alleyne of Microsoft, Shikha Dutt, CVS Colleague Trainer and Tony Davis, CVS Store Manager from the offices of Los Angeles Councilman, Curren Price and Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley Thomas.

There are no words that can express the gratitude and appreciation that the EYM students, EYM staff and EYM parents feel for Nestle, Mr. Kenneth Bentley and Ms. Deborah Collins for 14 years of commitment and dedication, they will truly be missed. EYM is also appreciative of the partnership and support of CVS Pharmacy whose dedication to the community it serves empowers all of us!

The Educating Young Minds Team lead by Ms. Angeles Echols Brown and Mr. Terrence Budd, Chief Educational Officer, believe that given love, patience, grace, support, structure, consistency, accountability, encouragement and a strong academic teaching foundation, students believe in themselves and their abilities. EDUCATING YOUNG MINDS has more than a 90% 4 year collegiate graduating rate based on the above formula.

For more information on Educating Young Minds program please visit www.educatingyoungminds.org or email us at aechols@educatingyoungminds.org or contact our office at (213) 487-2310.

About CVS
CVS is one of the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains, with 7,458 stores located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. With more than 40 years in the retail pharmacy industry, CVS/pharmacy generates over 68% of its revenue from the pharmacy business. CVS/pharmacy fills more than one of every seven retail prescriptions in America and one of every five in their own markets. Their ExtraCare program boasts over 65 million cardholders, making it the largest retail loyalty program in the country.

About Kenneth Bentley
Mr. Kenneth Bentley has served as Vice President of Nestlé USA, for over 25 years and in this position he has been responsible for Community Affairs, Educational Programs, the Nestlé USA Foundation and the Nestle’ Workforce Diversity. Mr. Bentley began his career at Nestle’ USA in 1982 and has since been Community Relations Manager, Ethnic Marketing Manager and Director of Community Affairs before becoming VP of Community Affairs in 1994. An accomplished writer, Mr. Bentley has written over 14 books. His book ‘Men of Courage’ was made into an hour-long television documentary and was called by the Los Angeles Times, “a book every junior and senior high library should have.” Bentley has also authored a number of articles for national magazines and hosted a weekly radio commentary show on KJLH-FM in Los Angeles. He was a contributor to the bestselling book “Tennis Strokes and Strategies and Black Fathers… An Invisible Presence in America”, which is used as a textbook in college psychology classes throughout the United States. Among his many professional awards are six Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators, Five Prism Awards from the Public Relations Society of America and seven CEBA Awards of Excellence from the World Institute of Black Communications. Bentley was named by Dollars and Sense magazine as one of America’s Best and Brightest Business and Professional men. Bentley has received the NAACP’s coveted Verna M. Canson ACT-SO Award, UCI Distinguished Alumni Award, NPCL “Spirit of Fatherhood Award”, Turning Point magazine “Living History Maker Award and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Black Public Relations Society of California and the PTA. He has also received commendations from the California State Assembly, City of Inglewood (California), Los Angeles City School Board, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. In 2001, former California Governor Gray Davis appointed Bentley to the Board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. Then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Bentley to the board in 2007 where he served until 2009. He has also served on the board of Governors of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California African American Museum. In 2006 Bentley was elected to the Board of Governors of Farmers Insurance Truck Exchange where he continues to serve.

About Deborah Collins
Deborah Collins currently serves as the Coordinator of Educational Programs for Nestlé USA. In her role, she is responsible for championing Nestlé USA’s primary philanthropic effort, the “Very Best Volunteers” Adopt-A-School Program at over 50 adopted schools throughout the country. Deborah joined Nestlé in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant for the Corporate Communications Department. She played a key role in the development and publication of Nestlé’s acclaimed books authored by Kenneth Bentley. In 1994, Deborah was promoted and named Coordinator, Educational Programs where she has helped shape the “Very Best Volunteers” Adopt-A-School program. She has been instrumental in growing the program from the first adopted school in Los Angeles to over 50 schools currently in the program. Deborah also implements the scholarship programs for children of Nestlé employees, as well as managing the relationships of collaborative partners, such as Youth for Understanding, Young Musicians Foundation, Reading Is Fundamental, and Wildlife on Wheels.

About Educating Young Minds
Educating Young Minds, a non-profit learning center, has been helping inner-city school children, ages 5-18, excel at school and at life since 1987. With home-study instruction during the day, after-school tutoring, and basic skills and SAT, ACT, ISEE and standardized test preparation classes on Saturdays, Educating Young Minds programs serve students who are considered under-represented or at high risk in our society.

Other programs that EYM offers include Access No Excuse and the summer program. Educating Young Minds also supports the progressive honor roll student who desires advanced academic support. To date, Educating Young Minds has served over 3,500 students and their families.

For more details on Educating Young Minds program please visit www.educatingyoungminds.org or you can email us at aechols@educatingyoungminds.org or feel free to give us a call at (213) 487-2310.

Photo Caption: Left to Right: Quentin Strode, Kenneth Bentley, LA Councilmember- Curren Price, Deborah Collins, Bill Duke

Photo Credit: Ian Foxx

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