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Submitted by: Tasha Pinelo

DAYTON- The Miami Valley Urban League's 3rd Annual Luncheon was a time to celebrate achievements, and light a spark toward more community engagement. Hundreds of people poured into Ponitz Great Hall at Sinclair Community College on Wednesday, May 23 to raise money for job training and to recognize two people dedicated to the Miami Valley community.

The MVUL 2018 Pillars are artist & educator Willis "Bing" Davis and Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, CEO of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). Mr. Davis was an art instructor in the Dayton Public Schools, Central State, Miami and DePauw Universities. He now runs his own art gallery and studio. Ms. Hawes-Saunders is one of the few women to build a radio station from the ground up. She founded WROU in 1991, then bought a second radio station. She sold the stations and became the CEO of DCDC in 2005. Dr. Eric F. Spina, president of the University of Dayton, delivered an inspiring keynote address on the power of diversity and how a community thrives when everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders and Bing Davis gave beautiful testimonials about their dedication to community. You can watch those videos below.