More than 700 attendees turned out for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware’s annual meeting and awards ceremony held Thursday evening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The sold-out event raised more than $175,000 and drew a diverse group of elected officials, corporate executives and leaders from nonprofit organizations.

The meeting was held under the theme “Building the Chamber of the Future: Community Matters.”

“Not only does the chamber build businesses, we also build leaders,” said AACC Chairman Steven Scott Bradley.

“We are trying to send the message that we are about lobbying, we are about holding the government accountable, but it’s the responsibility of the Chamber to build the next generation of leaders for the business and the public sector.”

During the event, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney spoke about the chambers impact on the community.

At the awards ceremony, five people were honored including Romona Riscoe Benson, manager of Corporate Relations of PECO, Parx Vanguard Award recipient; Bryant Greene, owner of Always Best Care Senior Services of Philadelphia, who was recognized as Corporate Advocate of the Year; Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania, recipient of the Nonprofit of the Year award; Jovan Goldstein, JT Goldstein, recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award; and Taylor P. Cobb, Temple University coordinator of Student and Young Alumni Engagement, who was recognized as the Young Professional of the Year.

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