More Than a Night of Entertainment – HCHRA’s 2017 Awards & Recognition Gala

More than a night of food and dancing.  More than a night of speaking and awards. More than a night of black-tie elegance and entertainment.  Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s 23rd Annual Awards and Recognition Gala held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Jackson Marriott Hotel, was much, much, more.

Why? Because it involved the community.  ‘Helping families, strengthening communities’ is the cornerstone of  Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA), and helping Hinds County advance continues to be one of HCHRA’s main goals. Caring about the citizens and providing life-changing opportunities through the services HCHRA offers is what made the Gala more…much, much, more.  It is HCHRA’s annual signature event, which helps to provide critical matching funds for several services such as home-delivered meals, congregate meal sites, and Hinds County rural public transportation.  This year’s gala was especially significant, as it was also part of the Agency’s 40th year anniversary celebrations being held throughout the year.

The keynote address was provided by Ms. Denise Harlow, CEO of the National Community Action Partnership in Washington, D.C.  Harlow encouraged the Agency to keep its feet to the mission of helping families and strengthening communities, as she continues to champion the work and impact of the nation’s Community Action Agencies around the country.

Dr. Jessie Primer III, Saxophonist, provided superb entertainment that was as excellent as the great food served up by the Marriott as everyone shared in the festive night.  Yet, it was even more than that.  The Gala provided an opportunity to create awareness about its programs and services; to celebrate clients who transitioned out of poverty to self-sufficiency; and to honor volunteers and community partners who worked with the Agency throughout the year to help eradicate poverty and provide a better life for more than 65,000 low-income citizens throughout Hinds County.

It was more, because it involved HCHRA sponsors.  HCHRA President and CEO Kenn Cockrell remarks, “If not for the unwavering support of sponsors to help HCHRA empower disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential, the task would be insurmountable.”  The 2017 Gala was made possible by BankPlus (Platinum Sponsor); Mississippi Group Marketing, PA and The Mississippi Link (Gold Sponsors); Kenn Cockrell & Family, along with C Spire (Silver Sponsors); Entergy, HCHRA Board of Directors, Jackson Advocate, Patty Peck Honda, Phelps Dunbar, and Watkins, Ward & Stafford, PLLC (Bronze Sponsors); and valued friends, Atmos Energy, M3A Architecture, PLLC, Vera Butler and Chelsea Luster, Mississippi Development Authority, HCHRA Advisory Committee, Walker & Son, Jackson Memorial Funeral Service, WEM Consulting Group, WWISCAA, and David Knight & Natasha Phillips, D.O.  Contributions made this year will go towards expanding programs and services in the upcoming year.  “Having strong corporate and community partners who are committed to the Agency’s efforts has made a tremendous difference in the lives of the children and families HCHRA serves.  We thank them for believing in the work we do,” said Cockrell.

It was more, because it involved HCHRA donors. Donor generosity was undeniably at the top of the charts! From must-haves to essentials, from dining to on-the-go, from dressing up to a night out, as well as remarkable artwork, generous donations in support of the HCHRA Awards & Recognition Gala’s silent auction, its first ever, helped to make the evening a grand affair.  Silent auction items included everything from tickets to Walt Disney World, to gift cards at local restaurants.  HCHRA thanks Office Products Plus, Penn’s, McAlister’s Deli, The Fairview Inn, Almeta Roberts, IP Casino Resort & Spa, Caesars Entertainment/Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Kats Wine & Spirits, Walmart (Flowood), C Spire, MS Products, Inc., Staffers, TempStaff, M3A Architecture, PLLC, R.J. Young, Elkins Wholesale, Kendra Scott, Andrea Little, Marriott (Jackson), Hilton Garden Inn Jackson/Downtown, Heartwood, Aundrayeah Ramsey, Vera Butler, Jimmy Mumford, Kwame Braxton, Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Venture Technologies, Walt Disney World Company, Jessica Davis, and Jackson Data Products for their support.

It was more, because it involved HCHRA staff and volunteers. It is the mission of HCHRA to empower disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.  HCHRA employs nearly 400 people to carry out its mission.  In addition to the work performed by staff, last year, volunteers donated 678,592 hours to support the work of HCHRA.  “HCHRA has a very talented and dedicated group of staff members and volunteers,” said Cockrell.  “It is because of their untiring work ethic, commitment and support to advance the community that the Agency has successfully operated for forty continuous years.”

HCHRA’s 23rd Annual Awards & Recognition Gala was more than just a night of food and dance, or speaking and awards; it was much, much, more – it was to honor the work HCHRA has done over the past 40 years to make Hinds County a more prosperous community in which we are all afforded access and opportunities to education, employment, health, and safety.

To all of our staff, volunteers, friends and supporters who contributed in any way, HCHRA thanks you.

Each year, HCHRA honors individuals and organizations who help to further the mission of HCHRA, as well as those who work to help families and strengthen communities throughout Hinds County.

The following is a list of the 2017 awards and their recipients:

AWARD       RECIPIENT(S)
THE MEDGAR WILEY EVERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Presented to individual(s) whose work in and for the community during the year most closely personified the noble legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers.

  • Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center
THE J. B. CARR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Presented to the individual, organization or community group that has made the greatest contribution to the community during the year.

 

  • Alexis Harvey (posthumously)
  • Former Executive Directors of HCHRA/Community Service Association – among those honored were:
  • Benjamin Bradley
  • Rudolph Jackson
  • Charles Jones
THE BILL COOLEY AGENCY DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Presented to the individual or institution that has generated or provided substantial monetary and other resources during the year.

  • BankPlus
  • DeJohn Hampton
THE CEDRIC MORGAN/BETSY SMITH LEADERSHIP AWARD

Presented to the individual who has been the solid rock of support for the Agency because of his/her steady guidance and leadership during the year.

  • Ann Burton
  • David Knight
  • Chelsea Luster
THE AGENCY SUPPORT AWARD

Presented to the agencies, organizations or individuals that have contributed tremendous support to the Agency during the year.

  • Hinds County Board of Supervisors
  • Tina Ruffin, Division of Community Services, Mississippi Department of Human Services
THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented to individuals who unselfishly contributed their time and resources to the Agency in order to make a difference in the lives of the children and families served during the year.

  • Angela Burleigh
  • Wayne Goodwin
  • Gloria Green, Esq.
  • Nicole Martin
  • Cedric Morgan
  • Dr. Joeann Williams
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD

Presented to the individual within Hinds County Human Resource Agency (Board, Policy Council or staff) who has served people and has met the mission of the Agency during the year.

  • Laura Patterson & Eulander Kendrick Head Start Center
  • Almeta Roberts & Mary C. Jones Head Start Center
  • Dr. LaTessa Long
  • Angelique Rawls
THE PRESIDENT & CEO AWARD

Presented by the President and CEO to the individual who has made outstanding contributions to the success of the Agency.

  •  Kathleen Williams-McGriggs

It’s Here! The 23rd Annual Awards & Recognition Gala – Friday, September 29, 2017

At Hinds County Human Resource Agency, our goal is to help families and strengthen communities.

The Annual Awards and Recognition Gala is Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s annual signature development event, which helps to provide critical matching funds for several services such as home-delivered meals, congregate meal sites, and Hinds County rural public transportation.

The featured keynote speaker for this year’s Gala will be Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership in Washington, DC.  Enjoy dinner, live music and dancing, entertainment, and a fabulous silent auction.  Cash and credit cards accepted.  Tickets are $75.

The Gala provides an important opportunity to create awareness about our programs and services; to celebrate our clients who have transitioned out of poverty to self-sufficiency; and to honor our volunteers and community partners who work with us throughout the year to help eradicate poverty and provide a better life for more than 65,000 low-income citizens throughout Hinds County.

Our programs and services would not be available without the invaluable support of our community and corporate partners.  With your gift, we can do more!

To make a donation or for more information on tickets, ads, and sponsorships, call 601-923-1838.

A Smashing Senior Awards Day!

“I don’t like instant grits!” were the words that bolted out of the mouth of anchorwoman Maggie Wade of WLBT News as she spoke to a lively crowd of about 45 seniors during the Senior Awards Day program held on July 12, 2017 at Mt. Wade Baptist Church in Terry, Mississippi.  “I’ve learned to laugh at myself.  I’ve learned to stay humble.  I’ve learned patience.  And I’ve learned to forgive and let it go.  When you get older, people think you are less useful.  Give our youth the right example.  You are still equipped to use the wisdom you have to reach out to the kids of today,” Ms. Wade continued.  She encouraged the seniors and let them know that there are things left for them to do.

The Senior Awards Day was an appreciation event hosted by Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) for seniors in the Hinds County area.  Rural area sites convened together at Mt. Wade not only for opportunities to socialize, but to present awards for the Funniest Senior, the Best Dressed and the Senior of the Year.  To some, receiving an award was a very pleasant surprise.  HCHRA Neighborhood Service Center site managers who organized the awards program were Emma Welch – Mt. Wade Neighborhood Service Center site manager, Vivian Johnson – Edwards Neighborhood Service Center site manager, and Towanda Anderson – Fannie Jackson Neighborhood Service Center site manager.

Cornelius Beasley, assistant vice president of Community Programs and Services, states the purpose of the awards event was to show appreciation for our seniors in the Hinds County area and to create greater awareness about the programs and services HCHRA has available for seniors, especially in the rural parts of the county.  “We hope that seniors will see what we’re doing and realize they have a place to go to during the week to socialize, enjoy hot meals, and participate in fun, safe activities,” said Beasley.  HCHRA Neighborhood Service Centers are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Last year, HCHRA served more than 5,700 congregate meals to senior citizens at gathering sites throughout Hinds County where seniors met and participated in social activities.  The Congregate Meals Program is funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services through the Central Mississippi Area Agency on Aging.  For more information about senior services and activities offered by HCHRA, call (601) 923-3930 or click here.

Mt. Wade Neighborhood Service Center Awards

Fannie Jackson Neighborhood Service Center Awards

Edwards Neighborhood Service Center Awards