PORTSMOUTH — Perhaps it is the sight of hundreds of local women, men, children and teens gathered in one place for a positive purpose that makes the “Dr. King Scholarship Breakfast” such a great event.
On Saturday, more than 200 people filled the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s (SOMC) Friends Community Room to attend the 27th Dr. King Scholarship event, which is hosted by the local Dr. King Scholarship Committee.
Maureen Cadogan, the Committee chairperson, said the ticket sells from this year’s Breakfast allowed them to achieve their them to be able to award the four scholarships to four local students.
“It was a beautiful event. God did it again,” Cadogan said. “We had a great turnout, and the program was just magnificent, we are just elated. We have to have a minimum of 8,000 every year, because we pay out four $2,000 scholarships, and beyond that we have other expenses, but our scholarships are fully-funded for this year, and we still have money coming in.”
Dr. Bo Headlam, MD was the speaker for the event. Headlam of an interventional pain management physician at SOMC, and is also the Chief Executive Officer and main principal of Gumption Capital, LLC, a private investment/venture capital firm. Gumption Capital provides financial and management support to various ventures, primarily in the entertainment and real estate industries, as well as in commodities.
The company’s motto, “If you’ve got a dream, we’ve got a way,” exemplifies Gumption Capital’s mission, which is to help individuals and small businesses attain their goal, according to Headlam. He is also on the Board of Directors of Gumption Entertainment Corp., a company that provides management and development services to “up and coming” artists in the music and film industries.
“It is not where you come from, it’s where you’re going. You can get anywhere. Anyone can do anything, all of us. It all start’s up here,” Headlam said, as he pointed his left index finger to his head, implying that it starts in the mind. “There are no limitations that exist beyond the limitations that exist in our mind. That’s what limitations are. We can do anything, all of us, and we are all needed. “
Every human life has value which confirms the purpose of our existence, is an ideology that Headlam embraces.
“My belief is that if we weren’t all needed on the planet, we wouldn’t all be here. And if we were all sent here to do the same sort of things, what would be the point? We all have different things that we want to do,” Headlam said. “Some of us want to be painters, some doctors, some lawyers, some of us entertainers, and some construction workers. Some of us want to be janitors, and some of us want to be inventors, and create and do things that no one can even think of right now.”
The Dr. King Breakfast event also included a live performance by Only What You Do For Christ Will Last (O.W.Y.D.F. C.W.L) youth dance group, who danced to the popularized gospel selection, ‘Freedom.’ The group choreographer is Maxine Malone, longtime youth advocate and youth event coordinator.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Judah Malone. The invocation was given by Reverend Pete Michael, and Pastor Clarence Parker led the audience in a rendition of the Negro Anthem, ‘Lift Every Voice,’ accompanied by Overseer David Malone.
A special presentation from SOMC was made to the Dr. MLK Committee. Cadogan also presented the speaker, Dr. Headlam with a gift and token of their appreciation.
As is the custom, the event concluded with the making of a large circle around the expanse of the room with the audience singing, ‘We Shall Overcome,’ also led by Parker, and accompanied by David Malone.
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