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File #: 160532    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/19/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/19/2016
Title: Recognizing and Honoring Philadelphia Vernoca Michael for her exemplary service to the City of Philadelphia with special acknowledgment of her leadership at the legendary Blue Horizon and her work in West Philadelphia at the Paul Robeson House.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Signature16053200.pdf
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Recognizing and Honoring Philadelphia Vernoca Michael for her exemplary service to the City of Philadelphia with special acknowledgment of her leadership at the legendary Blue Horizon and her work in West Philadelphia at the Paul Robeson House.

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WHEREAS, Vernoca is the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. E. Raphael Michael, Pastor, Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church and Mrs. Elizabeth A. Michael, Second Vice President, International Missionary Society of the A.M.E. Zion Church. She is a 50 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Vernoca is a graduate of Girls' High School of Boston, MA, attended Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for special studies, completed her BA Degree at Livingstone College and received two Masters Degrees in Community Organization and City Planning and did additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Business and Finance and Law; and

WHEREAS, Vernoca was the co-owner and CEO/President of The Legendary Blue Horizon, the No. 1 Boxing Venue in the World, sited by Ring and Sports Illustrated Magazines. Vernoca also became the First African American Female Licensed Boxing Promoter and established three boxing businesses. She was voted Promoter of the Year for 2009. She was the first African American Female to have her boxing on ESPN. Several years ago, she launched the Philadelphia Boxing Museum designed to highlight Philadelphia's great history in boxing. "The Blue" now celebrates 52 World Champions who have fought there. While The Legendary Blue Horizon is known for the ROCKY films, Vernoca was instrumental in getting AMC to film the remake of ROCKY and Disney to film Annapolis there; and

WHEREAS, Vernoca was featured in Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Ring, Everlast and Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Sunday Sun, The Philadelphia New Observer, French, Israeli, Montreal and Hawaiian News, Sweden's Top Boxin...

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