The Black American Political Action Committee’s (BAPAC) Eighth Annual “Judge George D. Carroll Community Service Awards Reception and Fundraiser” will be on Thursday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
George Carroll was elected to the Richmond City Council in 1961. In 1964, he became mayor of Richmond, the first Black man to hold such an office in a major U.S. city, and in 1965, he was the first Black man appointed Judge to the Richmond Municipal Court.
Over six years ago, BAPAC created the Judge George D. Carroll Community Service Award. This distinguished award was established in honor of the judge’s public service record, his belief in family values, individual integrity, personal responsibility, public service and concern for the welfare of others.
This year’s event will be held in the Richmond Memorial Auditorium Lobby, 403 Civic Center Plaza. Tickets are $45, and a reserved table of 8 is $400.
At the event, BAPAC will honor five community leaders who have demonstrated unselfish commitment to public service, family values and tireless work in the community for the common good.
The 2015 honorees are Pastor Alvin C. Bernstine, Charles Evans, Gloria Scoggins, Florene VanHook and Kyra Worthy.
This week’s Richmond Post features Florene Van Hook, Charles Evans, and Gloria Scoggins
Florene Van Hook
Florene Van Hook came to Richmond as a young child with her grandmother Ida Bell Spears, who worked on the Richmond Shipyards. Ms. Van Hook graduated from Richmond High School and attended Contra Costa Community College before transferring to University of California, Berkeley. She married Randolph Van Hook and is the mother of two sons, and the great-grandmother of four.
Van Hook worked as a legal secretary and secretary for the West Contra Costa Unified School District where she distinguished herself by making sure parents of low achieving students received assistance to help them advance.
For more than 35 years she devoted time with other community organizations such as the School Advisory Committee (SAC), School Site Council (SSC), and the District Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC honored her for “Outstanding Leadership and Commitment.”
She was elected to the National Coalition of Title 1 Parents, and has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Sacramento legislature.
She is an active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, pastored by Rev. Ulis Redic. She serves as the Youth Director and helped establish after-school tutorial programs. Some of her other church service activities include the Inspirational Choir, Scholarship Committee and as a Mission Sister, she visits and prepares meals for the sick.
She also volunteers to visit and deliver gifts to the residents of the Vale Health Care Center in San Pablo.
Charles Evans is an award winning chef and visionary behind CJ’S BBQ & Fish, 3 of the Bay Area’s most well known eateries. Evans is known for his humble, sincere demeanor, warmth and unshakeable work ethic, which has allowed him to win many nationwide cook-offs.
Inspired by his Arkansas family, he learned how to prepare gourmet meals and created his own seasonings and sauces. Mr. Evans launched his first restaurant in 1997, called CJ’s in Fairfield, CA. In 2002, he established his second restaurant in Richmond and later his third in Vallejo.
His exceptional catering is sought after by many officials, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Black Firefighters of Richmond, retired Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XI champion George Atkinson, singer Lenny Williams, Richmond’s Dwayne Patton and his band. Many companies patronize his business, such as AT&T, Chevron, ILWU local unions, Kaiser Foundation, Richmond’s PAL organization, the George Miller Youth Fund and Congressman George Miller’s Birthday Extravaganza.
He has received many awards for hiring local residents and for his donations to charitable organizations. He is a member of Antioch Baptist Church. His numerous volunteer activities include: Richmond’s Crime Prevention Task Force, Richmond PAL and Richmond Main Street initiative. He received the Republican of the Year 2003 Gold Medal award for his leadership in business.
Mr. Evans, a celebrated grandfather, is also an active community leader who sponsors youth baseball teams, 100 Black Men of America, church organizations, prison rehab programs and mentors juveniles.
At the end of a busy day, Mr. Evans always makes time to sit with his 96-year old mother at her table to eat dinner where, with a smile, he always says, “Today was a good day.”
Gloria Scoggins, a Richmond native, has been active in education for 44 years. She has continued the legacy of her mother Ernestine Martin, a longtime Richmond resident, business owner and civic leader.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Child Development from California State University, Hayward and Masters Degrees from the University of San Francisco and Mills College in Oakland.
Scoggins has been recognized for her commitment to social justice and public service to the underrepresented and disadvantaged families in West Contra Costa County.
She has been active with the following community organizations and initiatives: the Blackboard of West Contra Costa, Emerging Young Leaders, ASCEND, Girls Inc. of WCCC, Richmond Pioneers, College Bound Girls, RCF (Richmond Community Foundation), Focus Group on Violence, Teacher Training and Mentoring and Church Ministries.
Presently, she serves as the President of the Blackboard of West Contra Costa, an organization that works to eliminate the opportunity gaps of underserved students. She also serves on the RCF Board of Directors where she seeks to build the capacity of the Richmond community.