Defender hosts Newsmaker’s gala, awards $5k in scholarships

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On Saturday, the Defender honored this year’s community news headliners. Accepting the Newsmaker Award on behalf of the school board’s Michael Scott was Barbara Eason- Watkins.

1.jpg On Saturday, the Defender honored this year’s community news headliners. Accepting the Newsmaker Award on behalf of the school board’s Michael Scott was Barbara Eason- Watkins.

2.tiff.jpg Julia Huff & The Company Band provided the night’s entertainmment.

3.tiff.jpg Chi-Lites lead singer and business partner to Joe Jackson of the famed Jackson family, Marshall Thompson accepted the King of Pop Michael Jackson’s posthumous honor.

4.tiff.jpg Earl Calloway and Illinois Sen. Roland Burris were among the honorees at the gala event held in the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel Grand Ballroom.

5.tiff.jpg From left: Johnnie Blount, Mitchell Johnson, Sharon Johnson, Chief Apostle William McCoy and Carl Latimer stand with Defender President Michael House.

6.tiff.jpg Young Pate and Delores Thibodeaux

7.tiff.jpg Chicago Defender Charities’ (Ret.) Col. Eugene Scott and wife, Beverly

8.tiff.jpg From left: Dee Robinson Reid, Zakryscha Hayes and Shirley Evans-Wofford

9.tiff.jpg Michael Jackson impersonator, Rico, and the Defender’s Theresa “Teesee’s Town” Fambro Hooks

10.tiff.jpg Albertina Walker received Lifetime Achievement Award from Defender Exec. Editor Lou Ransom, left, and Michael House

11.tiff.jpg Cheryl R. Williams, Multicultural Markets Coordinator, Great Lakes Zone, State Farm Insurance An event sponsor

13.tiff.jpg Chicago radio icon Bonnie DeShong of WVON-AM/1690 Eye on Entertainment served as Newsmakers Gala emcee.

14.tiff.jpg Newmakers honorees Earl Calloway, Defender fine arts and entertainment writer; and Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans. She received the Community Leadership award.

15.tiff.jpg Honoree Harry Porterfield’s daughter, Alison Porterfield

16.tiff.jpg Local historian Timuel D. Black Jr. received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Defender’s Executive Director of Finance Carol Bell.

17.tiff.jpg Sen. Roland Burris accepts the Government Newsmakers Award from Michael House.

20.tiff.jpg Fellowship M.B. Church Pastor Charles Jenkins gave the invocation at Saturday’s black-tie gala event.

18.tiff.jpg WendyTricia Osborne, a junior journalism student at Columbia College Chicago, is one of two recipients of the 2009 Abbott Sengstacke Legacy Scholarship. She receives $2,500.

19.tiff.jpg Terry Mason, M.D., city health commissioner, accepts the Newsmakers Award for Health from Carol Bell.

21.tiff.jpg Broadcast news legend Harry Porterfield accepted the 2009 Newsmakers Award for Media-Communications.

22.tiff.jpg Dr. Terry Mason; Damon Arnold, M.D., director of Illinois Deptartment of Public Health; Cook County Commissioner candidate Elgie Sims Jr., and Michael House.

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