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CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL RADIO SOCIETY IS PLEASED TO HONOR

EDWARD A. SHARPE
WITH THE
CHARLES D. 'DOC' HERROLD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PRESERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF EARLY RADIO.

BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1992:

 

 

 

 

 

TEEN YOUTH LEADER AWARDED WITH
2010 PROMOTING INCLUSIVENESS AWARD  
OVER 500 PEOPLE TURN OUT TO CELEBRATE
DIVERSITY

By Ed and Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In celebration of the life and the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city of Glendale’s 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Day luncheon paid tribute to King’s legacy and announced the winner of Glendale’s 2010 Promoting Inclusiveness Award recipient. Chris Gossett, a teen coordinator at the Glendale Swift Kids Boys and Girls Club in Glendale received the annual award. 

For more than 10 years, Gossett has been a leader with local teens, working with them to reach their full potential in life. Gossett was nominated for exemplifying the values and vision of Dr. King tough his work with young people. He is affectionately known as “Dad” to countless young adults and teens across Maricopa County.

Chris Gossett - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

Over 500 people attended the luncheon, including city officials, business owners, community leaders and local residents at the Glendale Civic Center, which was coordinated by Glendale’s Diversity Committee and community members. 

 

The luncheon emceed by ABC15's 4 p.m. co-anchor Susan Casper, featured Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, Associate Professor at Arizona State University and the recipient of the 2009 Promoting Inclusiveness Award. In addition, Dr. Whitaker was the recipient of the City of Glendale’s 2009 Promoting Inclusiveness Award, which honors individuals that exemplify the vision and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chris Gossett - Photo by Ed Sharpe)


Chris Gossett, after receiving his award, Gives his mother, Tina Gossett, 
a kiss and presents it to her to hold
------------------- Photo by Ed Sharpe

 

Music and entertainment was provided by the Apollo High School Vocal Ensemble, New Testament Gospel Group and Las Artes de Maricopa showcased a special art display. 

 

In a special  special treat for everyone, luncheon guests were treated to a special tribute video, put together by Bill Meyer  of Glendale 11,  featured community members and city employees discussing diversity in their lives and footage of a variety of Dr. King’s speeches.

  Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

It was commented that  in the early days it was primary just city employees at the function, but now,  large sections of the  room were filled  with residents.


City council and employees listen  - Photo by Ed Sharpe)


Mayor Elaine Scruggs -Opening Remarks - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

Glendale's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Day Luncheon is  one of the state’s premier celebrations of Dr. King’s life and the ideals his name so symbolically represents and demonstrates Glendale’s commitment to create a society that is more just, peaceful and understanding.

 

"This event has grown so much and it's obvious that we're going to have to move," said Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley.  

 

Tina Gossett admires her son's award....- Photos by Ed Sharpe)

 

Music and entertainment was provided by the Apollo High School Vocal Ensemble, New Testament Gospel Group and Las Artes de Maricopa showcased a special art display. In addition, luncheon guests were treated to a special tribute video, put together by Bill Meyer  of Glendale 11,  featured community members and city employees discussing diversity in their lives and footage of a variety of Dr. King’s speeches.

Tickets for the event, open to the public, were only $40 per person.
Above: Bill Meyer cues the lights to dim for the showing of his video - Photo by Ed Sharpe)


Las Artes de Maricopa   - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

 

(photo by Bette Sharpe)

     


    Donald Logan - Diversity Administrator,
 City of Glendale
- Photos by Ed Sharpe)

(Photo - Mayor Elaine Scruggs of Glendale Arizona and Mr. Christopher Gossett  –  2010 Glendale Unity Day Promoting Inclusiveness Award Recipient - Photo by Ed Sharpe

 

    


Doug Kukino   Director, Environmental Resources,  City of Glendale
 
Kristen Krey     Supervisor, Council Administrators   City of Glendale
 
Susan Casper  of the ABC15 News and  event emcee
and Mr. Christopher Gossett  –  2010 Glendale Unity Day Promoting Inclusiveness Award Recipient - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

 

 
 
Las Artes de Maricopa mural  - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

Brent Stoddard, Director of Intergovernmental Programs, City of Glendale Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Reprehensive Debbie Lesko 

                            


Good afternoon, 

As Chair of the City of Glendale Diversity Committee, it is an honor to introduce the recipient of the 2010 “Promoting Inclusiveness Award.” 

First I would like to congratulate all of the 2010 nominees for this award and thank the nominating committee for their time and participation in the award process. 

Each year during this event, the City of Glendale recognizes one individual who promotes inclusiveness in the community and exhibits the beliefs and qualities that are consistent with those that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr lived by and advocated for. This is an opportunity for us to honor the accomplishments and important contributions of those in our community who keep the vision of Dr. King alive. 

This year’s recipient not only exhibits the beliefs of Dr. King in his own life, but also passes these values on to the youth of our community in many ways.

Quoting from the nomination form, “As teen program coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, he connects with youth and helps them to understand their worth and the importance of their contributions to others.” 

Under his leadership, Boys and Girls Club members organized or participated in numerous functions that serve the community including involvement in September 11 Firefighter Appreciation activities and a shoe drive for kids in Africa. He has also organized “Teen Summits” that include topics ranging from drug awareness to college recruitment. 

In addition, our recipient is advisor for the Keystone Club, a teen leadership program, where he has made a great impact. This club’s mission is to “ inspire and enable youth in our community, especially those faced with difficult and challenging circumstances, to realize their potential while learning responsible citizenship” certainly upholds the vision of Dr. King.

Dr. King said, “We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.” These words describe many who dedicate their lives to our youth, and it certainly describes our recipient.

The teens he works with tell us “He’s always available, whether it’s finding us money to pay for college or just being there to talk.” And “He is our example of a great mentor.”

I am honored to introduce someone who understands the importance of reaching out to teens, feeding their dreams and encouraging them to reach their full potential. The winner of Glendale’s “2010 Promoting Inclusiveness Award” is: Christopher Gossett!

 

Dr. MATTHEW WHITAKER – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Matthew Whitaker is an award winning teacher, activist, and rising voice among national intellectuals in the United States.  His commentaries on the intersection of race, class, gender, presidential politics, civil and human rights, and U.S. /African relations have appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and various newspapers and other media outlets to impact the community.  He’s the author of “Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West”, and has written articles that advocate equality and have appeared in many scholarly journals and encyclopedias. 

 

- Photo by Ed Sharpe)

Dr. Whitaker is an Associate Professor of History and Affiliate of the African and African American Studies Program, and School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  He is a highly sought after speaker, writer, and consultant, whose accomplishments are exceptional in our ever-changing society.  Dr. Whitaker was the recipient of the City of Glendale’s 2009 Promoting Inclusiveness Award, which honors individuals that exemplify the vision and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

SUSAN CASPER – Emcee

Ms. Susan Casper is an award-winning, Multi-Media journalist who has been a member of the ABC15 News team since October 2008.  Ms. Casper’s thirteen years of experience include the distinction of being the first African American woman to anchor a primetime newscast in Tampa, Florida.  Ms. Casper also served as President of Tampa’s National Association of Black Journalists, Executive Board Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast and she was selected as a Youth Mentor by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.  Ms. Casper has earned numerous journalism accolades and awards including co-anchor for Best Spot News by the Associated Press in 2003.  Ms. Casper earned a B.A. Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in English Literature from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. While at UWF, she won the University’s first national journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Ms. Casper works tirelessly in the community as a motivational speaker and volunteer.  She has received countless outstanding leadership awards including recognition from the National Urban League and NAACP chapters.  

(Photo  - L - SUSAN CASPER – Emcee   R-  Mr. Christopher Gossett 
  –  2010 Glendale Unity Day Promoting Inclusiveness Award Recipient  - Photo by Ed Sharpe)

MR CHRISTOPHER GOSSETT – Promoting Inclusiveness Award Recipient

Mr. Christopher Gossett is a Teen Coordinator at the Glendale Swift Kids Boys and Girls Club in Glendale, Arizona.  Mr. Gossett has over 10 years of experience connecting with teens and helping them understand their worth and the importance of their contribution to others.  Mr. Gossett attended the Boys and Girls Clubs as a child, and understands the importance and significance of reaching out to teens and youth, making them feel important and worthy, and encouraging them to reach their full potential.  Mr. Gossett cares deeply for the youth of today and tomorrow, and is committed to helping them fulfill their dreams.  He makes himself available, and is affectionately known as “Dad” to countless young adults and teens across Maricopa County.  Mr. Gossett exemplifies the values and vision of Dr. King.

Special thanks to the Apollo High School Vocal Ensemble, The New Testament Gospel Group, Chaplain Richard Tatum, Glendale Police and Fire Honor Guards, Las Artes de Maricopa, Glendale Civic Center and Fabulous Foods  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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