Union Bank, N.A., and KCET recently partnered to honor four extraordinary Southern California African Americans as Local Heroes during its 13th Annual Local Heroes Awards celebration. The Local Heroes award recognizes the leadership and dedication of the recipients to serving their community. The honorees received their recognition in the company of family and friends at the KCET Studios in Los Angeles. This year’s honorees were:
• Areva Martin, Special Needs Network, Inc.;
• Billy Mitchell, Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA);
• Shonte Henderson, Los Angeles County Superior Court; and
• Millicent “Mama” Hill, Mama Hill’s Help.
Video profiles, produced by and broadcast on KCET throughout the month, showed a glimpse of the spirit behind each honoree’s personal triumph and determination and preceded their presentations.
“It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of each of our honorees,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President Julius Robinson, head of Corporate Social Responsibility and chairman and chief executive officer of the Union Bank Foundation, who emceed the event.
“Their selfless acts of courage are exemplary of Union Bank’s core belief in community service.”
Entertainment for the evening included a performance by Hollywood’s Da’ Poetry Lounge co-founder, Brutha Gimel, and selections by the P.S.A.L.M.S. (Praising, Serving, Adoring, Loving and Magnifying Our Savior) choir, representing the City of Refuge Music Ministry.
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