DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – In anticipation of the 27th annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony, JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus recently held a private reception to announce the 2019 AfricanAmerican Achievers.

The four inspirational African-American leaders, who have set an example through community involvement and leadership in arts and culture, business and entrepreneurism, community service and education, are:

• Arts & Culture: Addonis Parker, Miami-Dade County. Accomplished painter and muralist, Parker brightens and inspires the Miami-Dade community through the arts.

• Business & Entrepreneurism: James Thomas, Palm Beach County. Entrepreneur, award-winning radio personality and program director for 99 JAMZ, Thomas uses his business success to help develop the professional talents of others.

• Community Service: Jasmin D. Shirley, Broward County. Senior Vice President of Community Health Services at Broward Health, Shirley has revolutionized the way South Florida cares for people with HIV/AIDS.

• Education: Webber J. Charles, MiamiDade County. Director of Student Achievement at Breakthrough Miami, Charles helps kids achieve their goals through coaching, mentoring and tutoring.

The 27th annual African-American Achievers ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center. The event is open to the public and will feature live musical entertainment, catered refreshments and a moving awards presentation.

To RSVP visit or call 866-516-2497. Interact with African-American Achievers on Facebook and Instagram.

The 2019 honorees were selected by an independent panel of community leaders, including former Achievers from MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The selection committee reviewed nominations received from throughout South Florida after an extensive public outreach campaign.

Each year, in recognition of the Achievers and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community, JM Family and its subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus make a contribution of $10,000 in each Achiever’s name to the South Florida charity(ies) of his or her choice.

This year’s contributions will bring the total donation made by JM Family to more than $600,000 on behalf of 160 individual African-American Achievers.

“Our communities are filled with leaders doing incredible things,” said Colin Brown, chairman of JM Family. “As we enter the 27th year of our African-American Achiever Awards, this year’s honorees have proven their dedication to improving our schools, leading our youth by example, and inspiring South Florida to be the best it can be. We are honored to recognize them for all they have done and continue to do.”