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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists celebrated some of the best in the industry Saturday night.

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The organization held its annual Awards and Scholarship Gala on Independence Mall that kicked off with a lively reception followed by an inspiring ceremony that focused on encouraging the community and furthering the association’s mission.

The event honored area journalists and community leaders for their outstanding contributions to the region as well as their impact on journalism.

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Such leaders included Angela P. Dodson, Lorene Cary, Vincent Thompson, Glen Ellis Sr., and many more.

Our own Don Bell co-hosted the ceremony and many members of the CBS 3 family also attended the event.

Many of the proceeds from the event will fund college scholarships.

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Three scholarship awards were gifted to two current Temple University students as well as a recent graduate of the Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester.

The awards ceremony also fell on the organization’s 45th anniversary and celebrated the legacy of the pioneers that helped to establish it.