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The Chronicle rolls out the red carpet

The Chronicle rolls out the red carpet
June 06
00:00 2019

More than 1,000 attend 34th Annual Community Service Awards

The city’s oldest and most respected community newspaper rolled out the red carpet and invited more that 1,000 people from all walks of life to come together and celebrate those in our community who go the extra mile to make a difference during The Chronicle’s Annual Community Service Awards held on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. 

For more than 30 years The Chronicle has held the Community Service Awards to celebrate individuals and organizations in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County who go above and beyond the normal call of duty to lend a helping hand to others and uplift the community. Instead of the traditional banquet style event with several award presentations, this year the ceremony took on the feel of the award ceremonies you see on TV. This year, we also adopted a public voting process to decide the winner. More than 4,000 individuals voted online last month by visiting The Chronicle’s Facebook page.

The event, hosted by Busta Brown, also featured several performances. Performers included: CurvyShe and CurvyHe, JCB Dance, LB The Poet, Dionn Ownens & Renaissance, comedian Debra Terry and the N.C. Black Repertory Company.

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Here’s a list of the categories, nominees and winners. Winners in each category are marked with  **.

Youth of the Year

Shi Belcher

**Chef J’Avia Carter-Blue

Imani and Nia Joins

Aubrianna Lash

Kyndall Williams

Kymora Wright-Carter (Kymora’s Kookies)

Organization of the Year

**Hoops 4 L.Y.F.E

Lead Girls NC

Masons

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods

Community Service Awards

Corey McCann

**Effrainguan Muhammad

Arleatha Patterson

Alvin Robinson

Fine Arts Award

**Larry Barron Jr. (LB The Poet)

Ellen Leak-Forbes (DJ Diamond)

Lynn Rhoades

Bobby Roebuck

The Chronicle Innovation Award

**IFB Solutions

Inmar

Sonoco

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Senior of the Year

Sarah Brooks

**Dr. Althea Taylor-Jones

Claudette Turner

Chuck Vestal

Church of the Year

**First Waughtown Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Phillips Chapel Baptist Church

Woman of the Year

Pastor Tembila Covington

Melissa Harris-Perry

**Miranda Jones

Cheryl Lindsay

Man of the Year

Rev. Alvin Carlisle

Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough

**Reginald McCaskill

Evan Raleigh

After accepting her award for Youth of the Year, Chef J’Avia Carter said she was hoping she would win but she thought even if she didn’t, the exposure would be good for her candle business, which is located Marketplace Mall.

“It feels really, really good,” Carter said with a big smile.

Dr. Dennis Bishop, pastor of First Waughtown Baptist Church, said he was grateful to just be nominated for Church of the Year. He said he received the award on behalf of not only his congregation, but every church throughout the city.

“I walked across that stage and accepted this award on behalf of all the pastors and churches that were not only nominated, but throughout this city,” said Bishop. He continued, “We are family because we a members of the body of Christ.”

The Paulette Lewis-Moore and Carl H. Russell Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to City Council Member Denise “D.D.” Adams and Superior Court Judge Logan Todd Burke. Attorney Kerry Sigler and Cedric Russell received Special Recognition Awards. City native and cancer survivor Tanisha Gist was presented the “I’m A Survivor” award.”

While backstage, Ken Edwards, IFB Solutions vice president of consolidated logistics, said, “It’s amazing. We work every day to create jobs for people who otherwise wouldn’t have a job.

“To see someone recognize that just means the world to us. It just gives us the fuel to do some more.”

Following the event, nominees and sponsors gathered for a reception on the top floor of the K. R. Williams Auditorium.

Sponsors for the event were: the City of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem Transit Authority, Wells Fargo, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Reynolds American Inc., Winston-Salem State University, HanesBrands Inc., Food Lion, Triad Minority Business Expo, Russell Funeral Home, Dikie The Geek Computer & Printing Services, Mansion House of Designs, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, BB&T, and Steel Impressions Entertainment.

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