Zontaye Richardson, Top 10 Most Influential Honoree
Phillitia Charlton, Rising Star Honoree
Get to know our honorees! Beginning September 1 we will be highlighting one to two honorees each day on our website and on social media.
Upon hearing the news that she would be recognized as a Rising Star, Phillitia Charlton, Wesley Center alum and principal of Trotwood Madison Middle School took to Facebook to share the good news:
“Proud to be recognized as a rising star by Wesley Community Center. Lots of memories from my childhood refuge. What a blessing and reminder that God had a plan and he isn’t done!”
In July, Wesley Community Center notified more than a dozen individuals notifying them that had been selected to be honored at its upcoming All That Glitters Gala on Saturday, September 17th to be held at the University of Dayton from 6 pm to 10 pm. Honorees are being recognized in one of three areas: Most Influential, Champions and Rising Stars.
Charlton will be joined by the following individuals as honorees at the Gala:
Top 10 Most Influential
James Nate Battle
Arthur Pete Davis
Dr. James Dobbins
Reverend Dr. Sherry Gale
Reverend Dr. Charles S. Brown
The Honorable Bill Littlejohn
Cecil and Carolyn Pugh
Bishop Joseph Sprague
Wesley Community Center board vice chair Zontaye Richardson had this to say via Facebook about being named among the Center’s Top 10 Most Influential of the half century:
“I humbly accept the nomination. I’m grateful for the honor to serve this wonderful Community Center and grateful for all that it has imparted into my life.”
All of the honorees felt unworthy to be recognized as so many people have been key to the Center’s continued success. This is why the decision wasn’t left to any one person to select these worthy honorees.
“We had a list of 80 phenomenal people,” shared Yvette Kelly-Fields, executive director of the Center. “With the help of about an eight person committee with input from Dr. Walker and John Moore, we were able to narrow it to this distinguished list.”
Every honoree contributed in a significant way to forward movement of the Wesley Center or, as in the case of the rising stars, took what they gained from the Wesley Community Center and have gone on to do well professionally and personally.
“My wife and I consider it an honor to be co-chairing this gala,” commented Dr. Robert Walker, Wesley Community Center’s longest serving executive director and now an advocate serving on the Dayton Public School board. ”I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize so many unsung heroes from the Center’s 50 year history. My hope is that anyone who has been touched by the Center will join us for this momentous occasion.”
The gala will begin at 7 pm following a special honoree VIP Reception. Immediately following the recognition ceremony is a jazz concert featuring national recording artist Robert Sanae and songs from his newly released project, “The Other Side – The Sanae/Braxton Collection”.
The honoree celebration continues into the wee hours of the morning at the Crowne Plaza until 1 am.
Proceeds from the event will support program operations.
The public is invited to join in the celebration.
All That Glitters Gala and Jazz Concert
Saturday, September 17, 2016
University of Dayton’s River Campus
6 pm to 10 pm
After Glow After Party at the Crowne Plaza from 9 pm to 1 am
For tickets call 263-3556 x218 or go online to www.wesleycenterdayton.org
About the Wesley Community Center – The mission of Wesley Community Center Dayton is to meet the spiritual and basic needs of families of all ages offering assistance in education and training, employment and human assistance (food, clothing, and shelter) in transitioning families toward self-sufficiency.
We are committed to responding to families and individuals experiencing personal crisis; providing program opportunities for all age groups that will respond to actual needs and interests; providing a meeting place for and work with local community groups that will respond to neighborhood concerns and gray service areas; and, supporting community endeavors and building bridges of understanding between people in the community and throughout the greater Dayton community.