HOLLY HILL — The Community Organization for Rights and Empowerment launched its 2013 Outreach Fundraising Campaign with its “Martin Luther King Man of the Year Extravaganza” Friday evening at Greater Unity AME Church in Holly Hill.
Recognized as the “MLK Man of the Year” was Clarence Benjamin of Greater Unity AME. Taking second place was George Mack of Ebenezer-Zion AME, and third place went to Timothy Clark of New Galilee Christian Church. Other winners were: Terry Jenkins of Greater Deliverance Tabernacle, fourth place; Willie Sumpter of Solid Rock Outreach Ministries, fifth place; and Williams Smalls of Eleventh Hour Baptist, sixth place. The winners were selected from local churches based on their spiritual and family values.
Ramone Lambright, master of ceremonies for the Extravaganza, began the program with the EZ Hand of Praise Dancers from Ebenezer-Zion AME Church. Joyce Dawson welcomed those attending, and the Rev. Julius Steed, pastor of Greater Unity AME, delivered the invocation. The scripture was read by Gwen Barksdale, Holly Hill NAACP Branch president, and the occasion was read by CORE Volunteer Coordinator Connie Little.
Steed said the MLK Man of the Year Extravaganza was “a great idea because it sheds a positive light on black men in our community, which our youth desperately needs.”
Virginia Townsend, CORE executive director, thanked Steed and the Greater Unity Church family for their continued support of CORE. She also recognized several CORE volunteers for their service in the community and petitioned for an increase in male support to assist the community’s youth. In addition, Townsend expressed thanks to event chairperson Kenneth High and his committee members for making the program possible.
Townsend invited everyone to attend the CORE MLK Parade and Celebration this Saturday, Jan. 12.
The parade will get under way at 10 a.m., following by the MLK Celebration program.
High announced that proceeds from the Jan. 4 fund-raiser totaled $2,621.