edith_bush_header_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE —  Nominations are now being accepted for the 21st annual African-American Achievers awards, presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus.

Nomination applications are available online at africanamericanachievers.com, from the African-American Achievers’ Facebook page or by calling 866-516-2497 for a hard copy nomination form.

Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 7 for the awards presentation and ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Broward County Convention Center.

Awards are given to outstanding African Americans who set an inspirational example through community involvement and leadership in four categories.

Those are Arts & Culture; Business & Entrepreneurism; Community Service; and Education.

Established in 1992 by Jim Moran, automotive pioneer and founder of JM Family, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus, the program annually recognizes leaders for their exceptional contributions toward building stronger communities in South Florida.

The 2012 honorees were Edith Bush, Darryl Holsendolph, Dorothy Jackson Orr and S. Bruce McDonald.

In honor of the achievers, JM Family, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus will donate $40,000 to various South Florida charities — $10,000 in each achiever’s name to the charity or charities of his/her choice.

The companies will also donate $500 to the charities of choice for those  whose nominee is selected as an African-American Achiev-er, for an additional total contribution of $2,000 to local nonprofits.

Each person whose nominee is chosen will receive an invitation to attend the evening’s private reception.


*Pictured above is Edit Bush.