Determined to
Educate, Inc. |
2018 Awards
Fundraising
Gala

November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

Our Past Honorees

2017 Honorees

Appreciation Award

Omari Hardwick

Omari Hardwick

ACTOR, POET, ACTIVIST (STAR OF HIT SHOW “POWER”)

Inspiration to Learn Award

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING MUSICIAN, WRITER, PRODUCER

Corporate Citizen Award

Jeanine Mclean

Jeanine McLean-Williams

VP/MANAGING DIRECTOR AT MBK ENTERTAINMENT

Educator of the Year Award

Alex Askew

Alex Askew

PRESIDENT/CEO AT BCA GLOBAL

Mentors of the Year Award

Jean & James Powell

James Powell & Jean Woods-Powell

DIRECTORS OF ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP

2016 Honorees

Vincent C. Munn, Inspiration to Learn Award
JB Smoove

JB Smoove

Actor, Comedian, Writer

Appreciation Award

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

NBA Champion, NCAA Champion

Communicator Of The Year Award

Cheryl Wills

Cheryl Wills

Anchor/Senior Reporter for "NY1 News"


Mentor Of The Year Award
Royce Russell

Royce Russell

Criminal Defense Attorney at Law at Emdin & Russell, LLP

Educator Of The Year Award
Ajene Christian

Ajene Christian

Assistant Principal, Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy / Charter High School

2015 Honorees

Vincent C. Munn, Inspiration to Learn Award
Pauletta Washington

Pauletta Pearson Washington

Actress, Singer

Communicator of the Year Award

Shannon Lanier

Shannon LaNier

Co-Host of Arise 360 on Arise TV

Award of Appreciation

Darryl McDaniels

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Iconic Hip Hop Artist, 1/3 of RUN DMC/JMJ


Educators of the Year Award

Talana & Shawn Bradley

Talana Bradley

Principal , Young Women's Leadership Academy

Shawn Bradley

Dean of The Lorge School

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Eugene Kelly

Eugene Kelly

VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Colgate/Palmolive

2014 Honorees

Vincent C. Munn, Inspiration to Learn Award
Malcolm D. Lee

Malcolm D. Lee

Writer, Producer, Director

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Ayala Donchin

Ayala Donchin

Owner, Evelyn's Kitchen

Award of Appreciation

WelMet Group

The WellMet Group

Foundation


Educator of the Year Award
Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Executive Director, Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of NY

Mentor of the Year Award
Reverend Dr. Alfonso Wyatt

Reverend Dr. Alfonso Wyatt

Founder of Strategic Destiny LLC: Designing Futures Through Faith and Facts

2013 Honorees

Phenomenal Woman Award
Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Tony Award Winning Actress

Communicator of the Year Award
Lori Stokes

Lori Stokes

Emmy Award Winning Anchor Woman, Channel 7, Eyewitness News / New York

Educator of the Year Award
Brenda C. Jenifer

Brenda C. Jenifer

Director of the New Jersey Job Corps


Mentor of the Year Award

Gloria Rodriguez

Gloria Rodriguez

Founder & Director of DeAlmas Women's Collective / Professor of Psychology at BCC,The City University of NY

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Rossana Paniccia Ionescu

Rossana Paniccia Ionescu

Vice President at TD Bank

Award of Appreciation

Curt Iiams

Curt Iiams

Corporate Lawyer

2012 Honorees

Vincent C. Munn, Inspiration to Learn Award
Bill Duke

Bill Duke

Actor, Activist, Director

Journey to Manhood Award

Roland Martin

Roland Martin

Award Winning Journalist

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Don Thompson

Don Thompson

President and CEO of McDonald's Corporation


Educator of the Year Award
David C. Banks

David C. Banks

President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation

Mentor of the Year Award
Coach Dru Joyce

Coach Dru Joyce

STVM Head Coach for the Boys Varsity Basketball Team

Communicator of the Year Award
Jeff Foxx

Jeff Foxx

Radio Personality, 107.5 WBLS

2011 Honorees

Vincent C. Munn, Inspiration to Learn Award
Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of the Late Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Rochelle Hill

Rochelle Hill

Precision Plus Communication

Educator of the Year Award

Shaun Powell

Shaun Powell

NBA.com, ESPN NY


Mentor of the Year Award
Stephen Powell

Stephen Powell

Executive Director at Mentoring USA

Communicator of the Year Award
Bob Slade

Bob Slade

WRKS-FM, 98.7 KISS

2010 Honorees

Educator of the Year Award
Lois Gregory

Lois Gregory

Founder of The Learning Tree Cultural Preparatory School

Mentor of the Year Award
Anre Williams

Anre Williams

President, Global Merchant Services & Loyalty Group at American Express Company

Communicator of the Year Award
Pastor Jamaal Bernard

Pastor Jamaal Bernard

The Christian Cultural Center Youth Ministry


Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Tyrone Knox

Tyrone Knox

Owner and Founder of T.P.K. Tax Services, Inc.

2009 Honorees

Communicator of the Year Award
Earl Christian III

Earl Christian III

The Urban Wall Street Project



Alan Carlton

Alan Carlton

The Urban Wall Street Project



Jonathan Ortiz

Jonathan Ortiz

The Urban Wall Street Project

Educator of the Year Award
Dr. Linda Hunt

Dr. Linda Hunt

Charles Churn Christian Academy

Mentors of the Year Award
Major Darryl G.T. Price

Major Darryl G.T. Price

Hard To Guard Books and Ball



Andre McCullough

Andre McCullough

Hard To Guard Books and Ball

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Tonnie Rozier

Tonnie Rozier

Tonnies Minis