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Black Social Workers group to honor 4 for contributions

Four Western New Yorkers will be honored for their community contributions when the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers hosts its annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner Dance fundraiser from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Holiday Inn Downtown, 620 Delaware Ave.

The association will present Community Service Awards to Sandra Williams Bush, branch manager of the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, and Ronjonette Harrison of the HEART Foundation. Its Unsung Heroes Awards will go to Michael A. McDuffie, founder of the Archangel 8 Chess Academy for youth, and Ralph J. Fleming Jr. of the Men in White Choir. Scholarships will be awarded to social work students Jerrica Delaney of the University of Michigan and Robert Good McKnight of SUNY Buffalo State.

The theme of the event is “Building Coalitions for Community Empowerment: Ujima A Model for Collective Work and Responsibility.” Rod Watson, Buffalo News columnist and urban affairs editor, will be the speaker. Retired radio personality Pat Regan will be mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets are $40 or $70 per couple. For information, call 884-4725 or 830-9678 or email