Community Service Group Honors Extraordinary Local Sheroes and Heroes

Photos: Recipients of the High Desert Pearls service awards, LaKeisha Kidd-Campbell, James Campbell, Linda Titus and Maria Okpara. (Honorees not pictured are James Noble and Delores Williams.)

The passionate and high performing community service organization High Desert Pearls (Interest Group) has selected six local residents as recipients of its first service awards. The awards coincide with HDP program initiatives, named below and followed by the recipients. Enhance our Environment—Victorville Lion’s Club President Linda Titus; Build Our Economic Wealth—Millionaire Mind Kids Founder Delores Williams; Advocate for Social Justice—Barstow Mayor Pro Tem James Noble; Uplift our Local Community—Apple Valley School Board Member Maria Okpara; and Empower Our Families—Divine Interventions Founder and President James Campbell and LaKeisha Kidd-Campbell, NAACP president and vice president, respectively.

“Each honoree exemplifies the best of servanthood and care for their community and fellow man,” said HDP Fundraising Chair Janis Parker Pressley. “We appreciate their personal sacrifice and commitment to uplifting others, which align with our mission.”

The awards will be presented during the HDP fundraiser A Night Under The Stars, A Black Tie Sneaker Gala, September 30th at the Dolphin Estates, 20365 Rancherias Road, Apple Valley, CA. This will be a fun-filled evening with live entertainment, a silent auction, raffles, and an opportunity to learn about HDP programs and how to partner with the organization.

.Never wavering from service, while planning the grand fundraiser, HDP continues to address various community needs, and this month the San Bernardino Area League of Women Voters announced its selection of the HDP for its 2023 Civic Engagement Award.

Tickets to A Night Under The Stars, A Black Tie Sneaker Gala may be purchased by clicking or going to the following link: Sponsorships and ad placement in the digital souvenir program are also available. If you have questions or concerns, you may contact HDP Fundraising Chair Janis Parker Pressley at JanisPPressley@gmail.com214-994-3959, or HDP President Dr. Lakieta Emanuel, CCC-SL, at highdesertpearls1908

The HDP are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an international service organization established in 1908 which is the first sorority established by African American women. The HDP members are committed to serving the economic, educational, environmental, and social needs of stakeholders in the five-city area of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, and Victorville. For more information about the HDP, you may follow them at or on Instagram @highdesertpearls. They can also be reached via email at  For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., you may visit

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