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Long Island Businessman Frank Mitchell Corso, Jr. Receives Economic Development Award in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 18, Long Island business leader Frank Mitchell Corso, Jr. will receive the Economic Development Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County in recognition of his contributions to the areas of business development and minorities in business in Nassau County and beyond.  

“I am honored to receive the Economic Development Award in memory of Dr. King’s crucial work towards equality for everyone,” said Corso. “As we continue to celebrate his life and legacy, we must also recognize that there is still much to be done to realize his dream of a brighter future.”

"We recognize the importance of Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP) under the leadership of CEO Karen Sendelback,” said Julius O. Pearse, President & Community Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County, Inc. “The work that she is doing in her organization is in keeping with what we do every year at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County, Inc.
 
“As we celebrate our 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon, we are extremely proud to honor a Friends of WFP Board Member. Frank has dedicated his life's work to helping the people of Nassau County both in the business arena and in the financial world.  Furthermore, he has gone the extra mile to serve humanity with a commitment to seeking common ground. 
 
“Our purpose is to keep the Dream of Dr. King alive and to continue to inspire people of good will to act on the behalf of Justice, Peace, Equality and Human Dignity.” 

A principal of Frank Mitchell Corso, Jr., and Associates, Inc., Corso sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of WFP, as well as the boards of trustees of the American Kidney Fund and Long Island Transportation Management, Inc. As an authority on economic and business development, lending and franchising, Corso assists many businesses throughout the United States by providing expertise on business matters such as financing, business development, marketing and franchising.

“Through his work on the Friends of WFP Board of Directors, Frank is supporting the United Nations World Food Program’s mission of providing life-saving food to the world’s most vulnerable people, bringing us one step closer to Dr. King’s vision of a peaceful, stable world,” said Randy Russell, Chairman of the Friends of WFP Board. “Food is not only a civil right, but a basic human right as well. The fight against hunger is even more important now that hunger plagues over 1 billion people worldwide. On behalf of the entire Board, I congratulate Frank on this much-deserved recognition.”

Other 2010 honorees include Mark Bonilla, Henry Holley and Douglas L. Mayers. Each year the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County honors people from the area that demonstrate the philosophy of Dr. King by displaying excellent leadership in the community and volunteering their time to improve the everyday quality of life.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee’s 25th Annual Luncheon will take place on Monday, January 18 at the Long Island Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, New York. For more information please contact Rodney McRae at 516-571-5977.

For more information, visit: http://www.mlknc.org/Home_Page.php.  

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Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP) is a U.S.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief operations. Friends of WFP unites organizations and individuals committed to solving world hunger. Our education, advocacy, and fundraising efforts in the United States support WFP’s life-saving global food assistance and development programs. To learn more visit www.friendsofwfp.org.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County, Inc
    In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who fought against racial prejudice and anti-semitism, hundreds of Nassau County citizens young and old men and women boys and girls will unite to forge a renewed spirit of kinship and commitment to his dream that the seeds of bigotry would be forever made barren.  It was his dream to feed the hungry, to employ the unemployed, to educate the under educated and to house those without shelter.

About WFP USA

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 80 million people in 75 countries with food assistance last year. World Food Program USA builds support for WFP through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

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