Daytona Regional Chamber to honor Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Fund

The Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Fund is one of three individuals and organizations to be honored by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce at the group’s 102nd annual meeting Feb. 4.

According to the Chamber, the effort to fund the project – which included creation of the marble sculpture by artist Nilda Comas along with a bronze version to be placed in the Riverfront Esplanade on Beach Street, a month-long exhibit of the statue at the News-Journal Center, development of a K-12 curriculum about Bethune and production of a feature-length documentary film – “Is a proud achievement not just for the city of Daytona Beach, but also for the State of Florida and our nation.”

In addition to the Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Fund, the Chamber will recognize Daytona State College with the J. Hyatt Brown Enterprise Award, which recognizes a company or organization that has made “significant contributions to the quality, vitality and growth of our community.”

The College is being honored for several milestones achieved in 2021, including the groundbreaking of a new on-campus residence hall; being named, for the fifth time, one of 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence; creation of four new degree programs including a bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management with concentrations in human resource development, supply chain management and healthcare; and the launching of the state’s first chapter of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education.

Also to be recognized at the Feb. 4 event is Mary Greelees, a partner at Olivari & Associates CPAs and Consultants, who will receive the Glenn Richey Leadership Award for XXX

The event is presented by Halifax Health and will take place at Dayton International Speedway.