The emcee for the gala will be Wanda Starke, co-anchor at WXII News Channel 12. Mayor Pro Tempore Dr. Vivian Burke will read the proclamation, and Reverend Johnnie Ruff of Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church. Legacy Awards will be presented to Mr. William Womble (ESR’s first board chair) the Logan Burke family (Mr. Burke was a previous board chair and Dr. Burke served on ESR’s board), Dr. Frank James (Capital Campaign Honorary Co-Chair, previous board chair, Advisory Board member, Ad hoc board member), and the Louise Wilson Family (Louise Wilson was ESR’s Executive Director).
Envison will perform as well as comedian Barry McGee.
This event is being held to honor ESR’s 50 years of dedicated service to the community through its programs over the past five decades. Since 1964, ESR has been a trailblazer for the community with programs such as Head Start, Trans-Aid, and Emergency Response, all of whom have been in succession for many years. In addition, ESR has upheld it’s slogan of “empowering people to become self-reliant” with programs, support, and outreach in the community to support clients in their transition from poverty to sustainability. Now, ESR’s programs consist of Self-Sufficiency, New Century IDA (Individual Development Account), EITC/VITA (Earned Income Tax Credit/Volunteer Income Tax Credit), and the Housing program. Each of these programs are designed and centered on the development and progression of people, which is the highlight of the gala."
- A Press Release