The Place: Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville.
The Purpose: The Circle of Courage Awards honor people of faith and courage serving the needs of others in their community. “We started these awards to celebrate those who had the courage to challenge people to a higher level of living through service,” said the Rev. Andrew Newberry of Brown Chapel AME Church, which hosted the event.
Quotable Moments: The Rev. Darryl Lowe, who brought his daughter Kharma, added that “While it is an honor to be thought of, I accept this award for those in Ferguson, kids without a safe way.” Honoree the Rev. Regina Ragin-Dykes, of New Life in Homewood, celebrated with her daughter, Nicole Adanlete, and great-aunt Mattie Cooper. “It’s important to pay it forward, to always be surrounding yourself with people who are giving back,” she said.
#SEEN Celebrating: Founders of the Afro American Music Institute, James T. Johnson Jr. and Pamela Johnson were among the honorees, as were Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh’s Public Information Officer Sonya Toler, and Sharon McDaniel of Second Chance, who toasted with Jade Coley. Teacher and honoree Tina Marcacci, who attended with daughter Missy, had fond memories of the children she had taught, some who are now grown up and attended the event. Tim Stevens and Judge Dwayne Woodruff were spotted chatting with Allegheny County Councilman and emcee for the evening Tom Baker with wife, Erin. Also #seen were Josifani and Janet Moyo, Carmen Lee and Tory Parrish.