elijah_williams_40928.jpgHOLLYWOOD _ The Thurgood Marshall College Fund will honor five outstanding citizens on Saturday, May 3 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.

The South Florida Awards of Excellence will honor: Civil rights attorney H.T. Smith, Broward Circuit Judge Elijah Williams,U.S. District Judge Donald J. Graham, former Judge Mario Goderich and former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the hotel, 3555 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood.

A reception, dinner and dancing, featuring Leesa Richards and her band, will be included in the festivities.

Tickets are $150 each.

 “The distinguished recipients of the Awards of Excellence serve as role models for Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s student leaders,” said Dwayne Ashley, President and CEO of the fund. “I hope that volunteers and community leaders throughout the country will join these very deserving honorees in emulating their commitment to upholding Justice Marshall’s legacy.”

The nonprofit Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court justice, was established in 1987. It represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 22 states.

Over the last 21 years, the fund has awarded more than $68 million in scholarships, programmatic, and capacity support. Scholarships have enabled 7,343 students to attend public HBCUs.

Proceeds from the awards program will help the college fund provide merit scholarships and programmatic support to its member schools.

Organizers created the Awards of Excellence to honor outstanding individuals who have excelled in their respective fields.

The program’s Master of Ceremony will be NBC 6 TV news anchor DeMarco Morgan.

John Esposito, chairman of Bacardi USA, Inc., will chair the event. Bacardi USA is also the event’s presenting sponsor.

South Florida Times publisher Robert G. Beatty, Esq. and Regina Jollivette Frazier will serve as the event’s honorary chairs.

For ticket information, please contact maryvjones@aol.com, or 201-227-8427.

For more information, log onto www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.


Pictured above is Broward Circuit Judge Elijah Williams, one of the award program’s honorees.