2013 Pillars Awards Ceremony honors local leaders and youth

caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy recognized community leaders and young pillars at the 2013 Pillars Awards Ceremony hosted by the Black Affairs Advisory Boards Heritage Planning Committee. The honorees were selected for their support of programs or businesses which positively impact the community and commitment to public service. The 2013 Community Pillars were: Penelope Townsley (Public Service); Jacques Laroche (Business); Melton Shakir Mustafa (The Arts); Rodney Baltimore (Media), Rev. Darryl K. Baxter (Religion); Minister Willie Harris (Humanitarian); and Dr. Vincent Omachonu (Education). Scholarships were also awarded to Young Pillars students who are enrolled in a post-secondary institution and involved in various civic-oriented activities. The recipients were: Jahnisha Williams (Bethune-Cookman University); Jamesha Hall (Florida A&M University); Chevon Williams (University of Florida); Amani Jackson (FAMU); Kiara Moyer (FAMU); and Ashley Budhu (Florida Memorial University). [gallery link="file" orderby="title"]