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(P.A.C.E) began in 1986 when Earl Cosby*, Clifford Jones, Willie Larkin, Keith Parker, Jonas Rutledge and Median Vidrine joined together to develop enrichment activities primarily for their sons during the summer months.  The group expanded their mission of providing activities to include their daughters, wives and others in the community.  PACE was incorporated as a 501c (3) organization in 1993.




  • Mark Grantham: 2023 Arthur Hill, Sr. Community Service Award Recipient

Awarded to a deserving member of the community to honor a person who is making significant contributions to the community through his/her time, actions, talents and dedication (outside any volunteer work done for their employer). 

  • Program Committee Members: Wanda Lewis, Chairperson; Members: Angela Alexander, Dr. Kresida Benson, Audrey Marshall, Dolly Marshall, Mabel Robinson, Dr. Addie Swinney Outstanding PACE Member Award Recipients

Recognizes a member(s) who have shown exemplary service, support, and dedication to the organization.


  • Congratulations 2023 PACE Scholarship recipients Mary Flowers (Smith Station High School) and Loyalty Kindred (Opelika High School)! Both received scholarships in the amount of $1,000 from PACE.

  • Congratulations to 2021 George D. Echols Community Service Scholarship recipient Leslie-Seranno-Bello (Auburn High School). She received a $1,000 from the family of George D. Echols, former PACE President and community activist.






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PACE & George D. Echols Scholarships

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  • PACE Scholarship: Each year, P.A.C.E. awards two scholarships in the amount of $1000 each (begining 2023) to two deserving seniors who display financial need, leadership high academic achievement, and outstanding community service. Applications currently open until March 31.

  • George D. Echols Community Service Scholarship: The PACE George D. Echols Community Service Scholarship recognizes students who have made a positive impact in their schools or communities by demonstrating, exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship through service in the community as a volunteer. Recipients of this scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Applications are currently open until March 31.

Thank you PACE Scholarship Gala Sponsors

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Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.

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Supporting Local Youth

Color for a Cause is a live mural coloring contest and shopping event held annually  that raises funds and awareness for local organizations. PACE members presented  mall receipts during the event  to show  support for the  Boys and Girls Club of Lee County. This fun night out at the Mall brought together hundreds of people in support of a variety of important causes. During this event members assisted with raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County.


Reinforcing our Commitment

With our organization’s mission always in mind, our members strive to find new strategies to lend a helping hand with this challenge. Monthly monetary donations and reducing food insecurity is something that we take very seriously, and our members are working each and every month to make a positive impact by volunteering and financially supporting this local community effort. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.


One Step at a Time

People of Action for Community Enrichment is dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Our members seek to make a positive impact  through efforts that promote cooperation and educational attainment for our community members.  We believe we can work together with community stakeholders to facilitate  ways to empower youth and families in our area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

William James

Upcoming Events

  • Virtual Anniversary & Scholarship Celebration
    Virtual Anniversary & Scholarship Celebration
    January 22, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    35th Anniversary & Scholarship Celebration
    January 22, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    35th Anniversary & Scholarship Celebration
    January 22, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    35th Anniversary & Scholarship Celebration
    Help PACE financially support three local high school seniors. Donate to the PACE scholarship fund. Make corporate donations by contacting Dr. Addie Swinney Committee Chair or give online Givelify Donation Link: PayPal Donation Link:
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