How do you describe a “Gentleman of Excellence? According to the Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., he is a man who has distinguished himself through achievement, service and advocacy in the fields of Arts, education, business, community advocacy, community service, entrepreneurship, law, medicine, religion, master trades and social services. On June 27, at the Longue Vue Club in Verona, 13 such men were honored during a beautiful evening.
Kevin Howard provided the soundtrack while guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and the beautiful evening on the patio overlooking the Longue Vue golf course. AKA Chapter President Jackie Blakey-Tate greeted the large gathering while Peggy Harris, co-chair of the Gentlemen of Excellence committee, welcomed the group.
Crystal McCormick, co–chair of the Gentlemen of Excellence committee had the pleasure of introducing the Great Lakes Regional Director–Elect for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Pittsburgh’s own Toni S. Kendrick. Dara Crawley served as a dynamic mistress of ceremonies who did her homework on each awardee.
And the awardees were: Dwayne Fulton Jr. (Arts, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church), Clarence Jackson (Business, PNC Bank), Melvin Hubbard El (Business, Office of state Rep. Ed Gainey), Darryl T. Wiley (Community Advocacy, Legacy STEM), Don O. Johnson (Community Advocacy Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.), Charles J. Franklin III (Education, Pittsburgh Public Schools), Carlton Heywood (Education, Pittsburgh Public Schools), Michael Phillips (Education, Penn State University), Sponce Cade (Entrepreneurship, Alpha and Omega Wheels), Austin Davis (Government, Office of Allegheny County Executive), Blaine Jones, Esq. (Law, Blaine Jones Law, LLC), Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Campbell (Religion, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church) and Ryan Scott (Social Services, Urban League of Pittsburgh).
Each gentleman accepted their award in person and Rev. Campbell dedicated his award to the late Delphia Briscoe, a life time member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Along with the awards, the organization also presented scholarships to Janay Jennings and Diamen Green, who will both attend Lincoln University in the fall, and Candace King, a Duquesne University student.
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