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|The Charlotte Post Foundation postpones annual banquet to 2021|
|Gala weekend moved back to April 16-17|
|Published Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:27 pm|
The tentative date for the banquet is April 17. The golf competition is April 16.
For more than two decades the foundation has held its banquet in September or October. This year’s celebration was scheduled for Oct. 10, with the golf tournament a day earlier.
“We are taking the prudent path for health concerns,” said Gerald Johnson, publisher of The Charlotte Post and president of The Charlotte Post Foundation. “It appears likely that restrictions on the size and location of large gatherings will be in place in October, making it impossible to accommodate our banquet crowd, which usually numbers more than 400 people. Further, holding a virtual celebration probably would be untenable.
“It would be unfair to this year’s honorees to try to forge a makeshift event,” he added. “They deserve much better and we believe that by spring we can put on the high-quality banquet we’re known for.”
The foundation banquet recognizes a Luminary, someone outstanding in efforts for equality and inclusion. This year’s Luminary is Bishop Claude Alexander of The Park Church. The Educator of the Year is Dr. Curtis Carroll, a recently retired veteran principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Further, the two top African American high school seniors in academics are celebrated with scholarships to the college of their choice. Winners for 2020 are Raven Nikohl Funderburk of Olympic High School and Emory Reed Brinson of South Mecklenburg High.
The foundation will give all the honorees their time in the spotlight, albeit next year, Johnson said. All sponsors already committed to this year’s banquet will automatically be included in the spring event, he added.
Proceeds from the foundation banquet fund scholarships for the top seniors as well as an after-school learning program for third- and fourth-graders at Walter G. Byers K-8. The remedial tutoring is for students farthest behind grade level in reading proficiency.
Also funded by banquet resources is Black Lives Matter Charlotte, which holds periodic seminars on topics of particular importance for African Americans, such as health care, education, the criminal justice system and upward mobility.
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