GALA HONOREES

Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson

Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011 and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946) were a husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording artists.

Ashford was born in Fairfield, South Carolina, and Simpson in the Bronx, New York. Afterwards, his family relocated to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he became a member of Christ… Read More

James E. Rogers

James Rogers was a 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School. He had degrees in accounting (B.S.) and law (LL.B.) from the University of Arizona and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Southern California… Read More

Ernest Fountain

Ernest Fountain is the Co-Founder of New Ventures Capital Development Company (NVCDC), which has been certified by the Small Business Administration since 1984 to make loans under the 504 capital asset program.NVCDC has loaned over $350 million to small businesses since its inception into the… Read More