|6/11/2015 12:06:00 AM|
Eckerd Announces Children's Heroes
Two Lincoln Countians among those honored
Pictured left to right are Cathy Davis (Executive Director of the Lincoln Cultural Center and member of the Lincoln County Board of Education, Brittney Bogues (Daughter of Muggsy Bogues who couldn’t attend, Always Believe, Inc.), Janine Davis (Founder of Girl Talk Foundation, Inc), Deedee Mills (Founder of Behailu Academy), Manny Ohonme (Founder/CEO of Samaritan’s Feet International), Steve Smith (NFL Wide Receiver/Founder of Steve Smith Family Foundation), Angie Smith (Founder of Steve Smith Family Foundation and wife of Steve Smith), Bob Silver (member of the Board of Directors of the East Lincoln Betterment Association and former Lincoln County Board of Education member).
Eckerd, a national non-profit leader in children and family services, held a black tie gala last Friday (June 5th) at the Big Chill in Charlotte to honor the nominees and announce the winners of the 2015 Children's Heroes of the Year awards.
Honorees at the event included finalists in three categories--time, talent and treasure--nominated by community members.
The finalists for the time category were: Anchor/Reporter for WBTV Molly Grantham; Director of the Lincoln Cultural Center, Cathy Davis; and Founder of Behailu Academy, Deedee Mills.
The finalists for the talent category were: former NBA player and founder of Always Believe, Inc., Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues; North Carolina state representative Tricia Cotham; and founder and Director of Girl Talk Foundation, Janine Davis.
The finalists for the treasure category were: NFL player &and Founders of the Steve Smith Family Foundation, Steve and Angie Smith; Founder and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet International, Manny Ohonme; and Bob Silver, former School Board member and member of the Board of Directors of the East Lincoln Betterment Association.
“We are fortunate to have so many heroes in our community who advocate for and support our vulnerable children,” Eckerd Manager Hannah Dunham said. “Their achievements and contributions to children’s causes are paramount to our community and make the Charlotte area a better place to live, work, and raise our children.”
Eckerd announced the winners of the 2015 Children’s Heroes of the Year awards in each category, who were selected by an independent panel of judges that included last year’s Children’s Hero of the Year finalists. These awards recognize those who have had a profound and positive impact on the lives of Charlotte area children through their time, talent and treasure.
The 2015 Children’s Hero of the Year winners were Deedee Mills (Time Category), Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues (Talent Category) and Steve and Angie Smith (Treasure Category).
Proceeds raised from the 2015 Children’s Hero of the Year gala benefit children and their families in the Charlotte area served by Eckerd.
Premier sponsors of the event included: The Big Chill, Behailu Academy, The Summit Room, Snyder’s Lance, Society Charlotte, Extravaganza Events & Props, Winspire, Charlotte Hornets, Sports and More, and Studio Movie Grill.
Eckerd is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that has given much-needed second chances to more than 168,000 children and families since its founding by Jack and Ruth Eckerd in 1968. Eckerd serves over 18,500 children and their families each year through life-changing child welfare, juvenile justice, workforce development and behavioral health programs in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Eckerd’s mission is to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. To learn more visit www.eckerd.org. Follow them on Twitter at @eckerdyouth or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/eckerdyouth.
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