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Anne Noble Named Honorary Co-Chair of GNEMSDC Annual Awards BanquetMore than 1,000 business leaders will gather on April 28 to honor outstanding minority business enterprises and corporations that support minority supplier development at the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. Annual Awards Banquet. Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation will serve alongside Dr. Fred McKinney, president of the GNEMSDC, as Honorary Co-Chairperson for the event.

"The Connecticut Lottery Corporation is committed to supporting and leading efforts to improve the economic opportunities for small and minority owned businesses," said Noble."This year's theme, 'Growth Through Opportunity,' embraces diversity in contracting, a matter that we at the CT Lottery believe is fundamental to ensure economic prosperity for Connecticut's communities. I am honored to serve as Honorary Chair for this event."

Dr. Fred McKinney, in tapping Ms. Noble as Honorary Chair, did so because of the corporation's "willingness to discuss and support greater economic development for minority businesses, and their commitment to foster partnerships with suppliers within the GNEMSDC community."

The Lottery partners with more than 2,700 businesses statewide for the purpose of selling games of chance to the public, and on a sustained basis, supports small and minority owned local businesses through its purchases of products and services.

The GNEMSDC Annual Awards Event will be held on April 28, 2011 at the Aqua Turf Country Club in Plantsville. The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., is the event's keynote speaker.

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2010, the Lottery transferred a record $285.5 million to the state's General Fund, where it helps to improve the state's libraries and education systems, provide public health needs, protect our citizens through support to the public safety and judicial systems, and more. Since the Lottery began in 1972, contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $7 billion, and more than $11.7 billion has been won by players.

The mission of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council is to significantly increase the procurement opportunities between corporate members and certified minority owned businesses. For information about the GNEMSDC, visit gnemsdc.org.

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