As the return of the Dr. King Holiday parade along Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue, SE came to a close, the staff of Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation were busy rolling out the red carpet and attending to the final details of the 2nd Annual Great Streets Honors program. The ceremony was established by the CDC to honor significant achievements of small business, community-based organizations, civic leaders, and individuals who have made an impact on the Great Street of Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue and other great streets within the city.
The CDC outdid their inaugural event by streamlining event, adding a VIP reception for nominees and their guest, inviting a dynamic keynote speaker and serving a fabulous four course dinner served by a team of efficient and well adorned wait staff. As with last year’s event, the cast of distinguished guests ranged from corporate sponsors that included returning sponsors District Development Group, Hamel Builders, Hope Village, Inc., RV Carey’s Plumbing, and some new corporate sponsors like The Monkeywrench Foundation. Joined by the sponsors of the event were political leaders, community leaders, educators, and a host of community residents, all “dressed to the nines”.
The stellar black tie event welcomed attendees by inviting them to walk the 100 foot red carpet, pose for an oscar-like photo and gather on the evening of the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. holiday to honor a cast of small business owners and individuals. The categories include Outstanding Volunteerism, Emerging Leader, Small Business Man and Woman, Outstanding Religious Organization, Outstanding Educator, and Living Legend.
The event was highlighted by the keynote speaker Rev. David Bowers, joined by his parents, who challenged each guest in attendance to do MORE for our community. The evening culminated with the awarding of the Living Legend award to Mrs. Linda Moody. Mrs. Moody, a long time activist and education reformist, who has been ill of late, attended the ceremony with her son. On her behalf, her son, Mr. Duane Moody, expressed her appreciation of being honored. He encouraged community leaders who give of themselves to be mindful and remember to take care of themselves, as well. A great lesson for all us.
Others who were honored include:
Outstanding Volunteerism – Junior Achievement in honor of Ms. Suzanne Keech
Outstanding Religious Organization – Brighter Day Ministries
Emerging Leader – Marcus Batchelor
Small Businesswoman – Laruby May, 7L Group
Small Businessman – Corey and Lee Bellamy, B&B Floors
Outstanding Educator – Dr. Latonya Henderson (Howard Road Academy and Vision Child Development Academy
Stacey Scott, School Leader – Imagine Schools Southeast PCS