It's A Celebration: DCBF's Scholarship Fundraiser

Greetings DCBF Friends! We're celebrating the life of DCBF's namesake, Darin C. Banks

Donate $52, in honor of Darin's 52nd birthday

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Greetings DCBF Friends! April 8th would be Darin’s 49th birthday. It’s astounding that nine years have gone by since his passing. If he were here, I think he would be very glad to have reached forty-nine years of age. He’d probably boast that 49 is the new 29 or something funny like that.

If he were here I’m sure we’d travel to the Caribbean, Asia, or perhaps on safari in South Africa. If there was chocolate cake and we were together, he’d be happy.

As I think about Darin’s birthday, I also reflect on the wonderful journey we’ve embarked on in founding The Darin C. Banks Foundation, (DCBF). It has been a labor of love, hard work and more gratifying than we could ever hope. DCBF has awarded over a dozen college scholarships, mentored more than 500 youth, cultivated relationships with high schools, universities, other non-profits and corporations across the U.S. DCBF has also provided internships for college students, developed a community of partners and supporters, offering encouraging and resourceful content to young people in the areas of college scholarships, financial literacy, interviewing skills, resume preparation, college success tips, career management, social media reputation and entrepreneurship, through our online channels, including streaming radio and via 1x1 outreach.

DCBF Scholars have matriculated to and graduated from Ivy League, Big Ten and distinguished private colleges and universities. They are emerging leaders working in the business, entertainment and social services industries. They volunteer in their hometowns and abroad, enriching their communities as global citizens. We believe in today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.


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 On April 8th, Darin would’ve been 52 years young. Knowing him that’s the way he would’ve said it. He would’ve been grateful to have lived to the age of 52, and in light of the pandemic, I know he would be encouraging everyone to stay safe and healthy.  I'm sure he would talk about how he's in great shape and he can still hoop or play (18) holes of golf, walking the course without a cart. He’d be grateful for his family and his friends, both childhood and those he’d gained through academic and professional experiences. He would’ve been very reflective about his life, dreams realized and dreams deferred and his travels. For Darin family was very important. He truly cherished his loved ones. Darin truly enjoyed spending time laughing and reminiscing, talking about old times.


As I think about his 52nd birthday, I also reflect on the fantastic journey of conceiving, standing up, and managing The Darin C. Banks Foundation (DCBF) organization. It has been a twelve-year labor of love and more gratifying than we could ever hope. DCBF Scholars have matriculated to and graduated from Ivy League, Big Ten, HBCU and other distinguished private colleges and universities. They are emerging leaders working in the business, entertainment, social services, and other industries. They volunteer in their hometowns and abroad, enriching their communities as global citizens. 


It's Spring and DCBF is on the move! We’ve just announced the winners of our Annual Scholarship Competition, preparing for Nat'l Financial Literacy Month, and putting the finishing touches on our spring newsletter.

As we imagine all the things Darin might say and do on his 52nd birthday, we're grateful to have known him and to share his legacy through DCBF.


Happy Birthday Darin! 


Love,

Michelle D. Banks

Founder & ED, The Darin C. Banks Foundation