Irwindale CA, Feb. 6, 2012 - Edison International (NYSE: EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) hosted its 10th Annual Black History Month celebration at its Energy Education Center in Irwindale.
This year's event, "Connecting the Evolution of Electricity to Black History," featured keynote speaker Blair Hamilton Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League for the past five years. Taylor has built upon his organization's mission to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through advocacy activities, programs and services.
In support of this year's theme, Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships, special guest speaker Nelson Davis, president of The Making It Institute and Nelson Davis Productions, joined Taylor. Davis, a nationally recognized small business expert, shared business advice and discussed economic empowerment by highlighting keys to business success.
SCE recognized businesses and organizations that made significant contributions through resources and programs designed to uplift the communities they serve. Through recognition and acknowledgment, SCE hoped to motivate businesses and community organizations to continue their good works.
The city of Inglewood and Behavioral Health Services was honored for a long-standing partnership with SCE to employ energy solutions that help save energy and money. LeRoy Haynes Center was recognized with a Community Partnership Award for programs geared to more than 450 children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect and abandonment. Freeman Alternative Resources received the Diverse Business Enterprise Award, as one of many African-American suppliers that provide service to Southern California Edison.
"At Southern California Edison, we do not simply celebrate African-American history. We embrace it by recognizing and supporting the important contributions of African-Americans," said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE's vice president, Customer Service Business Unit's Business Customer Division. "The 10th anniversary demonstrated our continued commitment to promoting the positive empowerment and influence African-American inventors, businesses and organizations have on the community. This year, we looked forward to celebrating with our customers and community partners to recognize the successes and contributions of African-Americans."
Emcees for this year's celebration were news anchors Chris Schauble and Michaela Pereira of KTLA5 morning news.
Founded 10 years ago by SCE employees Afarah Board and Dave Ford, the Black History Month celebration has attracted more than 3,200 business customers, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and political representatives.
The founders established the event to celebrate Black History Month with SCE employees, while recognizing the accomplishments of African-American inventors for their influences in the evolution of electricity and electrical technology. The mission now encompasses a celebration of SCE's partnerships with its business customers, diverse suppliers and charitable organizations. Business and community partners are acknowledged for contributions to the region's economic growth and stability, and for being energy-efficient.
SCE provided attendees with information about tools, programs and services that can help them become more energy-efficient, use less energy and reduce costs.
"Due to the business economic climate our customers are facing, we wanted them to be aware that Southern California Edison has many programs to help them save energy and money, while we acknowledged the many contributions of community-based organizations and businesses that provide much-needed support to the communities we serve," said Cagnolatti.
For more information on African-American inventors, visit www.sce.com/inventors.
[About Southern California Edison: An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.]