|L to R: Michael Simmons Jr., Kcory Woltz, Hampton Pringley, Nigel Townsend, Lionel Leach, and Chinedum Ehiobouche.|
|Reb with Fire Chief Frank Tidwell|
|Mrs. Dorothy Henry with Baron Hilliard|
|Reading the City Council resolution|
After cocktails, we headed downstairs to the banquet hall for the formal aspect of the evening. After introductions and brief remarks by the TAOF founders, the honorees (David T. Holmes, Okang McBride, Greater Jack and Jill of Union County, along with yours truly) accepted our awards. I also read the Plainfield City Council Resolution which was adopted by the unanimous council to commend and congratulate TAOF.
|Baron, Michael, Lawrence Hibbert, Tishai, and Andrea|
The young men, Chinedum Ehiobouche, Lionel Leach, Hampton Pringley, Michael Simmons Jr., Nigel Townsend, and Kcory Woltz, graciously accepted their scholarships and took the TAOF pledge which, in part, spoke to remaining focused on their studies, maintaining relationships with their mentors, and keeping the "village" concept in the forefront of their minds, in terms of being models to the next generation.
The entire audience then came together and we recited a pledge of support to these young people. It was a wonderful moment, and many in attendance were deeply moved. The fun then continued with the tricky tray, door prizes, and desserts. It was a blast the entire time, and the success of this year's event will produce even greater things next year.
Photos courtesy of Mike of EG Photography