jm-family-african-achievers-2010-winners_web.jpgNominations are being accepted for 19th annual African-American Achievers Awards presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus.

Nomination applications are available online at, from the African-American Achiever’s Facebook page or by calling 866-516-2497 for a hard-copy nomination form.

The nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 10, and the awards presentation and ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Broward County Convention Center.

The awards program was started in 1992 by Jim Moran, founder of JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus to recognize leaders for exceptional contributions toward enriching the quality of life in South Florida.

Winners are picked from among those who set an inspirational example through community involvement and leadership in four categories: Arts & Culture; Business & Entrepreneurism; Community Service; and Education. 

In their honor, the sponsoring companies donate $5,000 in each of their names to the charity or charities of his or her choice.

The companies also donate $500 to the charity or charities of choice of those whose nominees are selected as an Achiever.

As another award, every year The Jim Moran Foundation presents the Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever award to a high school senior who qualifies for financial aid and has applied and received admission to Florida State University.

This award is named in memory of 1995 African-American Achiever Jerome Edmund Gray. The Youth Achiever gets a needs-based four-year scholarship to FSU.

Photo courtesy of JM Family Enterprises, Inc.: Former Winners: From left to right are the 2010 African-American Achievers: Leroy Jones, Business and Entrepreneurism; William “DC” Clark, Community Service; Dr. Emma Banks, Education; and Perry Stokes, Arts and Culture.