Community standouts honored
Sunday afternoon is dedicated to the stars. These stars aren’t actors or actresses and they are not multi-million dollar recording artists. They are regular High Point residents that continuously make a difference in the community. Carl Chavis YMCA will hold its fourth annual Minority Achievers and Pastors of Purpose Banquet on Sunday at the High Point Plaza Hotel at 3 p.m. The banquet is designed to recognize the achievement of youths and minorities in the community who serve as role models and will be emceed by Joseph Level.
“It is important that we recognize those persons who have made significant contributions in different areas of service,” said Carlvena Foster, branch executive director. “It’s not that people are looking for recognition, because they genuinely do it from the heart, but they set a precedence for others to follow.”
The winners of the awards were nominated community members and were chosen by committee.
This year, there will be $1,000 scholarships to two graduating seniors who are apart of the Carl Chavis YMCA’s Minority Achievers program.
Foster said that it is important to for children to look at the winners and understand that becoming successful is a process.
“These people come from all walks of life and all of them have a story to tell about how they got to where they are,” Foster said. “We all have the capability to be successful but we need to understand the process we need to follow to be successful. When you look at people who have mastered the process, they are able to help guide you as well.”
Pridell McCormick, who is the executive director of Macedona Family Resource Center, is receiving the Mentor Award.
“Most people who receive awards do not set out to receive personal accolades. Although, I am greatly honored to be chosen, my motivation has always been to uplift disadvantaged youth,” McCormick said.
Foster said that she wants the community’s youth to be encouraged by the actions and work of the award winners.
“We want positive role models for our youth. We want youth to understand that its not always about being the recipient but having an attitude of appreciation and feeling like “I can because they did,” Foster said.
For more information including tickets call 336-434-4000.
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• Amos Quick — Pastor of Purpose
• Frank Thomas — Pastor of Purpose
• Henrico White — Pastor of Purpose
• Mary Lou Blakeney — Lifetime Achievement Award
• Devona Whitsett Jackson — Legacy Award
• Annie Tyson Jett — Corporate Executive Award
• Marjorie Rorie — Business Award
• Pridell McCormick — Mentor Award
• Keith G. Pemberton — Unsung Hero Award
• Nora McKiver — Scholar-Athlete Award
• David Robinson — Scholar - Athlete Award
The fourth annual Minority Achievers and Pastors of Purpose Banquet
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: High Point Plaza Hotel, 135 South Main St., High Point
Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under
For more information or tickets, contact the Carl Chavis Memorial YMCA at 336- 434-4000.