Pamela didn’t have support to go to college. She was on her own, trying to navigate adulthood, getting through college and figuring out how to pay for it all. You may recall yourself, as an 18 yr old, that’s a very difficult thing to do. Even with money through the GI bill, she still found it difficult to make ends meet to both live and buy books.
College years can be extremely financially straining for our African-American students. When you’re in class wondering how you’re going to pay for next quarter, it’s very hard to concentrate on your own courses. And there’s more to it than just grades. Without adequate money and the difficult but character-building distraction of trying to work while learning; financial aid not coming in on time; family dynamics and more, our kids are often forced to go back home and not finish college. Late fees accrue. And now, if they do graduate, they end up graduating with such high debt levels.
This is the heart-wrenching struggle we work to solve for our students.
For Lynn, going to college was a non-negotiable from the beginning. In her two-parent household, this was the norm and the expectation. As an educator working for the College Board, she saw so many underrepresented students come through her doors who wanted to go to college but couldn’t.
Now that Lynn has her own minority son living in her household, the challenge became more real to her: how do we help others like him to enroll and graduate? And how do we even the playing field for all?
Both Pamela and Lynn met eachother through the Atlanta Black Chambers and an idea emerged: an idea that resonated with purpose. “What if we could use the love of golf to support HBCU students?”
We follow up.
By doing this, we ensure on our watch that we enroll and graduate more HBCU students from our impressive institutions.
Young people are her passion and it is what she feels she was put on this Earth to do. Pamela Parker’s career and educational experiences have taken her to places and introduced her to people that she never could have imagined.
A native of Ohio, Pamela’s strong work ethic was developed by serving 13 years in the media industry, hosting celebrity events and serving in executive management roles for radio broadcasting, publications, international ministries and hosting radio talk shows. She served alongside her husband for 28 years in ministry. Pamela’s also a highly decorated veteran of the US Army and luxury real estate broker. All these skills and passions she brings to Swing Into Their Dreams.
"I believe we have to do everything within our power to propel future generations farther than we’ve ever been able to go ourselves. The future of our community depends on this!
Founder & Managing Broker: Lifestyles of Luxury, 2 years
Luxury Realtor: Proxio, Berkshire Hathaway, Keller Williams, 13 years
Franklin University: B.S. Communications & Journalism, 1994
Institute for Luxury Home Marketing: Luxury Real Estate, 2014
Hondros College of Business: Real Estate Development, 2007
Real Estate Brokers License: Empire Board of Realtors, 2014
Military and Strategic Leadership: Primary Leadership
Development Corp., 1989
Basic Non-Commission Officers Corp.: 1992
Lynn Demmons believes one single force can change anything in your life – and that is the power of choice. As America’s #1 Financial Rebound Strategist, Demmons’ mission is to empower professionals and small business owners in making the choice to take control of their finances and live life on their terms.
As an author, keynote speaker, consultant, executive coach and CEO, Demmons conducts group seminars and facilitates sessions for corporate and government executives, academia and non-profit organizations. Her goal: to help people make, keep and grow their money. She brings all of this financial savvy power to her work with Swing Into their Dreams.
"Be generous with what you have – no matter how big or small. Results will follow.
CEO: Demmons Enterprise, 4 years
The College Board: Senior Leadership Roles, 10 years
UNC Charlotte: Master’s in Educational Leadership
Nova Southern UniversityEdS: Organizational Leadership (Finances)
University of South Carolina: Bachelors
Certified Financial Educator
National Financial Educators Council
Certified Contract Management Professional
Government Contractors Association
National Speakers Association
"HBCUs are serving those who need it the most and the Swing Into Their Dreams Charity Golf Tournament helps to pave the road for these students. On average, more than 300,000 students attend HBCUs each year, and 80% of them are African Americans. This is why we are proud to be a partner with the Swing Into Their Dreams Charity Golf Tourn
"HBCUs are serving those who need it the most and the Swing Into Their Dreams Charity Golf Tournament helps to pave the road for these students. On average, more than 300,000 students attend HBCUs each year, and 80% of them are African Americans. This is why we are proud to be a partner with the Swing Into Their Dreams Charity Golf Tournament."
DEBERT COOK, CMP
Publisher & Editor-In-Chief
"I love using music as a means to connect communities. Life is full of challenges and surprises and any one person's knowledge or insights, no matter their background, can go a long way towards helping others navigate waters fair or foul. Higher education is an excellent forum for sharing and developing new ideas and means to communicate
"I love using music as a means to connect communities. Life is full of challenges and surprises and any one person's knowledge or insights, no matter their background, can go a long way towards helping others navigate waters fair or foul. Higher education is an excellent forum for sharing and developing new ideas and means to communicate, and can change the trajectory of a lifetime for the better. I am honored to be part of a group willing to help others attain new heights! "
Owner & DJ