BAPAC Hosts Sixth Annual Judge George Carroll Community Service Awards

Vice Mayor Courtland “Corky” Booze, Otheree Christian, Joan Davis, Barbara Becnel, Michael Davenport, and Lydia Stewart. Photo byStephen V. Brooks Photography, svbrooksphoto@aol.com

By Kia Croom More than 200 people attended the Black American Political Action Committee’s (BAPAC) Sixth Annual Judge Carroll Community Service Awards reception and fundraiser held on May 2 in Richmond Sanitary lobby. The annual event is a fundraiser that recognizes outstanding citizens for community service, leadership and dedication to the Richmond Community. This year’s six award recipients were: Barbara Becnel, known for her program development and community activism; Lydia Stewart, philanthropist and owner of Stewart Rose Manor Funeral Service; Michael Davenport Sr., president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and owner of D.P Security; Joan Davis, CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation and longtime nonprofit leader; Otheree Christian, president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council and community organizer/civic leader; and Vice Mayor Courtland “Corky” Booze who received an award for courage for speaking out on issues that impact the economic and general welfare of all Richmond residents despite pressure from special interest groups. In addition to their awards, recipients received a certificate of recognition from Senator Loni Hancock and District 1 Supervisor John Gioia. Joe Fisher, BAPAC treasurer and owner of Fisher Realtors, welcomed attendees, described the mission and purpose of BAPAC, provided an overview of the event’s history and recognized previous year’s award recipients. Rev. Alvin C. Bernstine, pastor of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, gave a thought provoking invocation, and Bobby King introduced the BAPAC Board of Directors: President Lloyd Madden, Vice President Jake Sloan, Parliamentarian Leon Hunter, Membership Chair Donald Hampton, Director Kevin Hampton and Secretary Bobby King. A moment of silence was held in honor of the late Joe Eddy McDonald, former mayor of Hercules and charter member of BAPAC and Community Icon Richard Granzella.  Music was performed by Terrence Elliott, and appetizers were prepared by Nika’s Catering. Sponsors of the event were Richmond Sanitary Service, IBEW Local 302, Plumbers Local 159, Seville Group, Sims Management Metals and One Accord Project.
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