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RISE Financial Pathways Celebrates More Than 20 Years of Community Reinvestment Services

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(L-R) RISE Financial Pathways Chairman Michael A. Costa, United Parcel Service President Noel Massie, RISE Financial Pathways 2nd Vice Chairman Mark Smith, Bank of the West Executive Vice President George Stanfield, Outstanding Small Business Achievement Awardee Erin Weber, Outstanding Community Advocate Awardee KJLH Elston H. Butler, Outstanding Small Business Achievement Awardee Guillermo Gutierrez, RISE Financial Pathways President and CEO Forescee Hogan-Rowles and Dr. Betty Price (seated).

As part of its ongoing commitment to outstanding community reinvestment services in Los Angeles County, RISE Financial Pathways (RISE), formerly Community Financial Resource Center, recently hosted its Power Luncheon 2014 celebrating 21 years of Community Reinvestment and Awards Ceremony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, California.  The acronym RISE stands for Reach, Invest, Succeed and Earn.  The Power Luncheon celebrates more than 20 years of small business and community advocacy.

The event opened with a news conference that released the RISE inaugural South Los Angeles (SoLA) Economic Forecast, focused on business, jobs, health and community.  “The forecast is an extension of our vision to provide wealth creation tools to historically underserved residents and small business owners,” said RISE Financial Pathways President and Chief Executive Officer Forescee Hogan-Rowles.

The 2014 Power Luncheon awards program paid tribute to several outstanding organizations, individuals and clients who support RISE’s mission to create and enhance the economic wealth and capacity of Los Angeles County residents.  Dr. Betty Price of Crenshaw Christian Center was presented with The Robert A. McNeely Trailblazer Award for her courage, leadership and contribution to the community and inspiration that lead to the writing of the SoLA Economic Forecast.  Additional award recipients included:  Bank of the West (Outstanding Community Reinvestment Partner); 102.3 KJLH (Outstanding Community Advocate Award); Erin Weber, Erin’s Lunch Box and Guillermo Gutierrez, Dazzle Image (Outstanding Small Business Achievement Award).

Co-anchor of KTLA 5 Morning News Chris Schauble served as the master of ceremonies, with United Parcel Service President Noel Massie, as keynote speaker. Massie heads the UPS Southern California District.

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