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The Independent School Alliance For Minority Affairs To Honor Loretha Jones, Michael J. Richter And Peter Smailes At Annual Impact Awards Dinner

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SOURCE The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs

Grammy Award Winner Brandy to Perform

"The Game" Co-Stars Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez will Host

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs (The Alliance) will honor outstanding members of the Los Angeles community at its annual Impact Awards dinner on May 6, 2014 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming for BET Networks, will receive the Impact Award; Michael J. Richter, Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, will be honored with the Visionary Award; and Peter Smailes, Headmaster of Curtis School, will receive the Founder's Award. Grammy award-winning recording artist and actress Brandy will perform; The Game co-stars Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez will emcee. Beth Friedman and Nina Shaw Co-Chair.

"The Alliance is fortunate to have three such extraordinary and dedicated supporters," said Keishia Kemp, Executive Director. "Our honorees understand that Alliance students strengthen independent schools and they are committed to providing extraordinary educational opportunities that independent schools offer to children of all backgrounds."

Established in 1984 by a group of Southern California school heads, The Alliance is an organization of 48 private, independent elementary and secondary schools that endeavor to increase their diversity. The Alliance provides assistance to families of color with the application process to its member schools. The Alliance counsels families on appropriate school choice; entrance testing information and, if necessary, how to apply for financial aid. Over the past 14 years, The Alliance students have received nearly $70 million in financial aid from member schools. Additionally, The Alliance provides a variety of support programs and acts as a resource to member schools on issues of diversity and multiculturalism.

It is the mission of The Alliance to inform members of racial communities presently underrepresented in independent schools of the option of independent school education; to identify applicants from these communities and assist them in the application process; to provide on-going support programs for students and their families; and to act as a resource to member schools assisting them in their individual efforts to address issues of racial diversity and multicultural education. For information on The Alliance, visit independentschoolalliance.org.

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