- Post 22 October 2009
- By The Chicago Defender
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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.
Julia Huff & The Company Band provided the night’s entertainmment.
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.
Earl Calloway and Illinois Sen. Roland Burris were among the honorees at the gala event held in the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel Grand Ballroom.
From left: Johnnie Blount, Mitchell Johnson, Sharon Johnson, Chief Apostle William McCoy and Carl Latimer stand with Defender President Michael House.
Young Pate and Delores Thibodeaux
Chicago Defender Charities’ (Ret.) Col. Eugene Scott and wife, Beverly
From left: Dee Robinson Reid, Zakryscha Hayes and Shirley Evans-Wofford
Michael Jackson impersonator, Rico, and the Defender’s Theresa “Teesee’s Town” Fambro Hooks
Albertina Walker received Lifetime Achievement Award from Defender Exec. Editor Lou Ransom, left, and Michael House
Cheryl R. Williams, Multicultural Markets Coordinator, Great Lakes Zone, State Farm Insurance An event sponsor
Chicago radio icon Bonnie DeShong of WVON-AM/1690 Eye on Entertainment served as Newsmakers Gala emcee.
Newmakers honorees Earl Calloway, Defender fine arts and entertainment writer; and Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans. She received the Community Leadership award.
Honoree Harry Porterfield’s daughter, Alison Porterfield
Local historian Timuel D. Black Jr. received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Defender’s Executive Director of Finance Carol Bell.
Sen. Roland Burris accepts the Government Newsmakers Award from Michael House.
Fellowship M.B. Church Pastor Charles Jenkins gave the invocation at Saturday’s black-tie gala event.
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.
Terry Mason, M.D., city health commissioner, accepts the Newsmakers Award for Health from Carol Bell.
Broadcast news legend Harry Porterfield accepted the 2009 Newsmakers Award for Media-Communications.
Dr. Terry Mason; Damon Arnold, M.D., director of Illinois Deptartment of Public Health; Cook County Commissioner candidate Elgie Sims Jr., and Michael House.