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23 rd ANNUAL

Awards Dinner


July 17, 2015 • El Caribe Country Club • Brooklyn, NY




The NBA congratulates Wali Jones,

Millisa Keith and all tonight’s honorees.

We are proud to support the work

of the Trey Whitfield Foundation.

For more information

visit NBACares.com



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Mission.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Welcome.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Trey Whitfield Foundation, Inc.

Board of Directors, Advisory Board

& Publications Staff. ................ 4

Tonight’s Program. ................. 5

The Trey Whitfield Story,


Awards Dinner


1971-1989. ................. 6-7

Our Hosts.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10

Introduction to the Honorees ....... 11

Academic Honorees. ........... 12-17

Adult Honorees................ 19-30

Past Honorees .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-33

Your Contributions at work......... 34

Past Events.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-50

Annual Golf Tournament. ....... 51-55

A 23 Year Retrospective......... 57-61

Supporters.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

Learn more about us





Toward this end, the members of the Board of Trustees of the Trey Whitfield Foundation

pledge their support to the development of resources, programs and opportunities to:

Provide deserving young people and adults with the necessary financial support and

educational opportunities to develop their full potential as human beings;

Support those children and adults who have made an extraordinary contribution to the

quality of life within their family and their community;

Encourage underachieving young people and adults who face challenging and often

overwhelming circumstances that impact their ability to successfully negotiate the

challenges they face in life;

Facilitate the continuing education of those young people and adults who have

demonstrated sustained and genuine commitment to excellence in education;

Honor those young people and adults who are positive and productive citizens, whose

love and spirit inspire others to achieve, and who give unselfishly to the greater good

of mankind.

The Trey Whitfield Foundation, lnc. was founded in 1989 to commemorate the life and spirit

of Trey Whitfield. In his memory, the Trey Whitfield Foundation will pursue his dream that

everyone, regardless of ethnic background, has equal access to the educational opportunities

that they need to reach their potential in life; that every child will have a helping hand and every young

person will get support from someone who cares about their future.

Learn more about us



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July 17, 2015

Dear friends of the Trey Whitfield Foundation,

Welcome to our 2015 Annual Awards Banquet. With your help tonight and from many before

you, we have raised over $2 million in scholarship and education support funding for more

than two decades. We could not have come this far without generous support from patrons,

corporations, the NFL and the NBA -- our sincerest gratitude to all of you.

Tonight we introduce this year’s group of young honorees who will become future leaders

and motivators in their future endeavors. We also celebrate and honor the best of the best

-- professionals and athletes. Our purpose and goal each year with the support of our adult

honorees is to encourage, guide, motivate, and commend our most prized commodities….our


So, enjoy tonight’s festivities. For your continued support, we thank you….Trey thanks you!


A.B. Whitfield & Janie Whitney

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Board of Directors








NFL, NY Giants


Grammy Award Singer/Actor



New York Knicks


Investment Banker


Technical Consultant


Con Edison, Retired



Trey Whitfield School


Educator, Retired


NBA Hall of Fame

New York Knicks


Verizon, Retired


FOX Sports



Educator, Retired


NBA, Detroit Pistons

Advisory Board



Vernell Enterprises


Corporate Communications

Coordinator, U.S.T.A.





Scott Baron & Associates


NFL Hall of Fame

Cleveland Browns


NFL Hall of Fame

NY Giants


CEO, Parent Power, Inc.


Director, Imagine IT LLC


NBA Hall of Fame,

Boston Celtics


CEO, UCAR Corporation,







CEO, Liskey and Sons Printing



NY Giants


Basketball Hall of Fame


NFL Hall of Fame

Baltimore Colts




Geneve Corporation

NFL, Dallas Cowboys

Publications Staff


Ribakove & Ramirez


Corporate Manager,

Eclipsys Corporation




Vice President, NBA




Development Support


Development Support



Editorial Direction


Journal, Save the Date and

Invitation Design and Layout,

Sponsorship Management



Print Production, Invitation

& Publication Printing



Website Management



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Thank you for 23 years of support!

Phil Kelly Sr. & Phil Kelly Jr.

23 rd Annual Awards Banquet

El Caribe Country Club • Brooklyn, New York

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cocktail Hour



Introduction of Hosts:

Clifton Davis, Pam Oliver Whitney, Alvin Whitney & Jasmine Sheppard

Presentation of the Trey Whitfield Foundation Awards

Special Acknowledgements

2015 Academic Honorees

2015 Adult Honorees

Dinner Served


Music by: Brothers 2 + 2

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About Trey Whitfield

Trey Whitfield was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He

was a recipient of a full scholarship to Brewster Academy in

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in 1986. At Brewster he was very

active in the theatre and was a member of the baseball and basketball

teams. In his junior year at Brewster, Trey led his basketball team to the

New England State Championship.

Trey was a 6’8” 240 pound power forward and was rated one of the

top players in the country. He was highly recruited by schools such as

Pepperdine, Boston College, University of Massachusetts, University

of Richmond and Purdue. He finally chose the University of Richmond

because of its strong academic philosophy, solid coaching and the

encouragement of one of its distinguished alumni, Johnny Newman.

Trey spent many hours giving back to his community. He always considered himself fortunate

so he encouraged youngsters to take advantage of any opportunity to further their education.

He worked in summer camps counseling young boys and girls. He also played in Summer

Leagues in the New York area and participated in the Metro Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania

each summer.

A boating accident, just a few days prior to graduation, took his young life. However, family,

hundreds of dear friends, fans and classmates still embrace him in memory because of his total

commitment to scholarship, friendship and competition.

Many of Trey’s colleagues continue their quest for higher education as a salute to him. Trey

touched many lives in his short 18 years and he still lives in the hearts of the many adults and

youngsters who knew and loved him.

In his memory, the Trey Whitfield Foundation will pursue his dream that everyone regardless

of ethnic background gets a fair chance at being educated. That every child will have a helping

hand and every youngster will get support from someone who cares.

Trey, your dream continues...

Trey Whitfield / 1971 - 1989

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Congratulates and Supports




Former NFL Adult Honorees:

Drew Pearson

Jethro Pugh

George Martin

Dick Lynch

Richard Caster

Calvin Hill

Gary J. Beban

Pepper Johnson

Ed “Too Tall” Jones

Walter Beach Doug Williams Lenny Moore

Johnny Sample O.J. Anderson Rayfield Wright

Roosevelt Brown

Harry Carson

Pettis Norman

Johnnie Walton Bruce Harper Karl Nelson

These NFL stars are not only our past Adult Honorees, but their

support of the foundation and our scholarships have helped our Academic

Honorees and inner city kids further their education.

Jim Brown


Clifton Davis is an actor, producer, composer, lecturer, singer and

minister. For more than 25 years he has shared his unique gifts with

audiences around the world. Mr. Davis is probably best known for his 5

year stint as Reverend Reuben Gregory on the popular television series,

“Amen”. He also portrayed Mayor Smalls in the Al Pacino film “Any

Given Sunday” and was in the Disney film, “Max Keeble’s Big Movie”. He

continues to perform around the country.

Clifton received a TONY AWARD nomination for BEST ACTOR in a

Musical in 1972 as one of the stars of Broadway’s Tony Award winning

hit musical “Two Gentlemen of Verona”. As a composer, he received a

Grammy nomination for his hit song “Never Can Say Goodbye”. In 1972

Clifton Davis

he also co-produced his first successful concert event, Jazz at Lincoln Center

with Hugh Masakela. In 1976 he produced “The Clifton Davis Special” for

ABC-T.V. Currently, on Disney’s new Broadway musical production of “Aladdin”, Clifton is

the Sultan.

Clifton holds a BA in Theology and a Master of Divinity degree. He is the recipient of more

than 150 awards and citations for his service to such organizations as the UNCF, NAACP and

the American Heart Association. He served as Vice Chancellor at Elizabeth City State University

until 1996. His annual Clifton Davis Celebrity Golf Tournament is a successful event held in North

Carolina each year that raises thousands of dollars for students who attend Elizabeth City State

University. For the past several years, Clifton has generously given time to host the Annual Trey

Whitfield Foundation gala.

Pam Oliver Whitney is a reporter on FOX NFL SUNDAY PREGAME SHOW


FOX in 1995, Pam has become one of the premier sports reporters on network

television. In addition to offering feature stories for FOX NFL SUNDAY each

week, Pam is also a member of FOX’s lead game broadcast team as a sideline

reporter. She is a veteran reporter with 8 Super Bowl assignments with FOX

- an astonishing achievement as no other sideline reporter has reported on

this many Super Bowls.

From 2000 to 2003, Pam served as co-anchor of FSN South’s “Southern

Sports Report”. She also contributes to Turner Sports coverage of the NBA

playoffs. Prior to joining FOX Sports, Oliver served as a reporter at ESPN,

where she gained her football experience covering the NFL Playoffs and the

Pam Oliver Whitney

NFC Championship Game. In addition to her duties as feature reporter on

NFL Prime Monday, she covered each Monday Night Football match-up, and after the football season

Pam’s ESPN assignments included the NBA Finals and coverage of Dream Team II at the 1995 World

Championships of Basketball.

Pam began her broadcasting career as a community affairs reporter for public television. Prior to

joining ESPN, Oliver worked at KHOU in Houston as a sports reporter and anchor for one year. Before

moving to KHOU, she worked in a similar capacity at WTVT in Tampa. Pam’s additional television credits

came at WIVB in Buffalo, WAAY in Huntsville, Ala., WALB in Albany, Ga., and WFSU in Tallahassee. A

graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Pam received her degree in broadcast journalism.

As an undergraduate, she was an NCAA and AIAW track and field All-American in both the 400 meters

and the mile relay. As a member of the mile relay team, Pam had the distinction of participating on

the first women’s team from Florida A&M to win a national championship. She was inducted into the

Florida A&M Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Alvin Whitney

Alvin Whitney has been working in sports television production for over

twenty years. He has worked with Good Day NY, NBA Entertainment,

CNN and Turner Sports. He is well known and respected as a producer and

documentarian in the world of sports.

With notable visibility in sports television, over the years, Alvin has also

carved out a career outside of producing and has covered sports for the NBA,

MLB, March Madness, NCAA Football and the Super Bowl.

Alvin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has fond memories of growing

up with his younger brother, Trey. He attended the well regarded preparatory

school Cushing Academy, where he lettered in football and basketball.

He attended Ithaca College, where he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s

degree in Communications and he was an All-Conference basketball player.

Jasmine Sheppard has served as the Voice of God (VOG) for the Trey

Whitfield Foundation’s annual gala since 2004, assisting the event’s cohosts

with program introductions and run-of-show. Outside of the gala,

Sheppard is the corporate communications coordinator for the United States

Tennis Association (USTA).

At the USTA, Sheppard oversees all communications and public-relations

aspects for multiple USTA platforms, including the organization’s national

charitable foundation, military outreach, Diversity and Inclusion, and variety

of areas within professional tennis. She designs, organizes and implements

publicity and event plans to help drive the business goals for internal

clients and enhance the organization’s brand with a focus on special events,

Jasmine Sheppard grassroots outreach, and national partnerships.

Jasmine has worked in the field of sports communications for more than 10

years. Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Events and Special Projects for Glow Media and

Marketing in New York, and Assistant Sports Information Director at the University of Miami Athletic

Communications in Miami, FL. Sheppard is a 1994 TWF academic honoree and graduate of the Trey

Whitfield School, formerly Bethlehem Baptist Academy. From there she attended New Hampton School

in New Hampton, N.H. becoming the first African-American and first female to serve as student body

president in the school’s 176 year history at that time. She is a former Board of Directors for the Trey

Whitfield School, where she was appointed alumni chairperson from 1999-2002.

A native of Rego Park Queens, NY, Sheppard graduated from Syracuse University, where she

studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain, and earned her undergraduate degree in Speech

Communications. Subsequently, she earned a master’s degree from St. Thomas University in Miami in

Sports Administration. Sheppard is currently a member of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) and the

Public Relations Society of America.

This Year’s Honoree’s

The Trey Whitfield Foundation, Inc., honors twenty unique individuals for its Twenty-Third Annual

Awards Banquet. These individuals have achieved success in academics, career or community

service . . . setting a standard of excellence for us to follow.

For the year 2015, we present eleven Academic Honorees and nine Adult Honorees. We wish all

honorees the best as they pursue and achieve educational endeavors or reach professional goals -- yet

always remain dedicated to community service.

Elston Bell, Jr.

Brooklyn, NY

Juliauna Fernandez Dunlop

Intervale, NH

Darius Lamar Griffin

Hamden, CT

Alexis Michelle Huntley

Mobile, AL

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes


NAACP New York State


Bruce Harper

All Time Kick Returner,

New York Jets

Vy Higginsen

Founder, Creator &

Executive Director, MAMA

Foundation for the Arts

Walter “Wali” Jones


Philadelphia 76er’s

& Miami Heat


Emily Hazelton

East Williston, NY

Alexander Hutchins

New Canaan, CT

Millisa Keith

Orlando, FL


Rev. James J. Maher


Niagara University

Melinda Murray


Dominic A. Murray 21

Memorial Foundation

Karl Nelson

Offensive Tackle,

New York Giants &

Super Bowl Champion

Christine Nevin

Director, Business

& Media Relations,

ConEdison Solutions

Candace Janae Laster

Huntington, NY

Grace Li

New York, NY

Clifford William Terrell II

Dover, DE

Alexander Francis Williams

Brooklyn, NY

Pettis Norman

Tight End,

Dallas Cowboys

Diana Reyna

Deputy Brooklyn Borough


Anne Roome


Johnnie Walton


St. Louis Rams

& Philadelphia Eagles

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Academic Honorees

Elston Bell, Jr.

Brooklyn, New York

Age: 19

School: University of California, Los Angeles

Academics: Pre-Med and Economics

Sports, Skills & Interests: Cross Country and Lacrosse

Extra-Curricular: USAC Student Advocacy Director, Powerlifting Team, African

Student Union Member and Community Service

Accomplishments: At Brewster Academy – Elected Freshman and Sophomore

Class Prefect; Judicial Board Member; Co-founded One Nationality & Ethnicity

(O.N.E.), a diversity club formed with his Icelandic and Jewish best friends; Co-

Captain, Debate Team; Recipient, Arthur H. Murlin Award, gold plaque installed

in Brewster’s Academic Building to commemorate his contributions to the school.


Throughout all of my schooling, I have always aspired to excel in whatever I chose

to do. I have made the choice to keep God first and work extremely hard to succeed

academically, athletically, but most importantly as a young man. I strive to be a

role model showing and inspiring young brothers with similar backgrounds, that

we can do whatever we put our minds to. I want to encourage them to fervently

chase education and to always stay in a frame of mind to gain knowledge. In a

society where black lives are incessantly trivialized, I hope to defy these negative

stereotypes, which are thought to be true, through my actions. I believe I am a good

candidate because I am a diligent, positive and driven person. I aim to make God,

my parents, my family, my community, and myself proud.

Juliauna Fernandez Dunlop

North Conway, New Hampshire

Age: 18

School: Kennett Regional High School, Conway, New Hampshire

Academics: Planning to major in Research Biology

Sports, Skills & Interests: Soccer and Basketball

Extra-Curricular: Cultural Athletic Exchange program, Tokyo, Japan

Accomplishments: High Honor Roll Student, no grade below an A; National Honor

Society, Leading Scorer, high school soccer and basketball teams; AAU Basketball,

Starting Point Guard for both Maine Firecrackers and Maine Renegades.


The world is so big and exciting. As I have traveled to places like Japan, Mexico,

and Austria I realize how much there is to see and explore outside of my little

world. Going to special places like the Trey Whitfield School has helped me to see

how many truly special people there are in the world and how many wonderful

things they are doing. I have had some great teachers, but my visit to TWS where

I saw Ms. Whitney, Mr. Whitfield and all the teachers hard at work was amazing.

I’ve never seen so many happy, excited kids during school. Thank you to the Trey

Whitfield Foundation for this wonderful award and for giving me the chance to see

your magic at work.

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Academic Honorees

Emily Hazelton

East Williston, New York

Age: 17

School: Holy Trinity High School, Hicksville, New York

Academics: Planning to major in Sports Broadcasting

Sports, Skills & Interests: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Track

Extra-Curricular: USAC Student Advocacy Director, Powerlifting Team, African

Student Union Member and Community Service

Accomplishments: Honor Roll Student and Varsity Basketball


Generous with her time and talents, Emily has volunteered at St. John’s Bread and

Life in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with her family since she was ten years old.

The spender of a family Christmas program provides a holiday meal and toys for

children ages 1-16 and their families approximately 2,000 families are serviced as

part of her community service hours at Holy Trinity. Emily has also volunteered at

the Agency’s Digital food pantry. Other volunteer work includes working at the

Schools annual craft fair and ushering at the school’s theatre events.

Darius Lamar Griffin

Hamden, Connecticut

Age: 17

School: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut

Academics: Planning to major in Communications

Sports, Skills & Interests: Baseball, Basketball and Football

Accomplishments: Earned numerous trophies in all three sports; College Summit;

Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Program, Coach, Hotshot Basketball Camp;

Coach at Sullivan Academy


I want to see the greener grass. I don’t want New Haven to be one of the most

dangerous cities in America. There shouldn’t be drug addicts and alcoholics

roaming the streets. When I have kids, I want them to be able to go to the park

around the corner without their lives being in danger. I want to be an effective

change in my community, a positive example of someone making it out and making

something of themselves. College will give me the tools needed to make the change

in my community that I want to make. With the knowledge I learn during college

I can bring back ideas to New Haven to start programs that could stop violence in

the community. New Haven needs someone to take serious action and change the

town - as soon as college prepares me for it, I will be that leader.

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Academic Honorees

Alexis Michelle Huntley

Mobile, Alabama

Age: 17

School: University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

Academics: Accounting Major

Sports, Skills & Interests: Certified in Graphics Arts & Printing, TL Faulkner Career

Technical Center

Accomplishments: Honor Roll Student; Ranked in top 150 out of 600 seniors at

Murphy High School; 2014-2015 Participant & Winner of the Culturama Leadership

Fundraiser Program and awarded the 2015 Miss Culturama, sponsored by the

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inn.; 2014 & 2015 Belle Participant and Escort of

Le Beautillion Militaire Project sponsored by the Mobile Chapter of Jack & Jill of

America, Inc.


In addition to her diligence with academics, Alexis is very involved with the

community. She has devoted many other volunteer hours to local churches, day

care centers and retirement homes. Alexis is an active member of Franklin Street

Missionary Baptist Church and participates as a praise team dancer. She is a former

member of the Mobile Ballet, the Teens of the Mobile Chapter of Jack & Jill of America,

Inc. She served as Historian for the “Exceptional Queens of Beauty” (E.Q.B.) young

ladies volunteer youth organization and a member since 2011. Alexis is also able

protect to herself – she has earned a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Alexander Hutchins

New Canaan, Connecticut

Age: 18

School: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Academics: Undecided

Sports, Skills & Interests: Soccer and Basketball

Accomplishments: Varsity Captain, New Canaan High School Soccer Team; Leader/

liaison for Midnight Run, managing volunteers to assist the homeless, SLOBs

(Service League of Boys); Researcher, New Canaan Conservation Commission;

Opinions Editor, Web Manager & Reporter, New Canaan High School Courant;

Editorial Board Member, New Canaan High School Spectator.


When I first heard Trey Whitfield’s story at a family dinner, I was touched by his

kindness, sense of responsibility, and dedication to doing the right thing in the face

of adversity. What I didn’t realize then was how his story would help guide my

life as well. Last summer, I worked at a hyperlocal news site that focused on our

community. I found that I enjoyed conducting on-the-street interviews with people.

When I was younger, it was difficult for me to start conversations or reach out to

people on my own. As I grew older and got involved in community service, it was

within larger organizations. But now by myself, face-to-face with people who had

no idea who I am or who I worked for - I thought of Trey as an example. How much

more difficult—yet how much more rewarding—it was to do something that had a

positive impact on people’s lives. I experienced a moment of clarity, like the ringing

of a bell: this is what I want to do. I want to use whatever skills I have to help others.

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Academic Honorees

Millisa Keith

Orlando, Florida

Age: 17

School: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Academics: Marketing Major

Extra-Curricular: At Olympia High School: Publicist, Beta Club;

Marine Science Club; Titan Up (Volunteering Club); Order of the Torch

Accomplishments: National Honor Society; National Art Honor Society’ Mu Alpha

Theta (Math Honor Society); Principal Recognition Award Recipient


When I was younger I was never into arts and crafts or recess, I enjoyed reading

books that let my imagination wander. I began my strong study habits early and

pushed myself to get high grades. This drive has continued with throughout high

school. This desire is not only to get high grades, but, to expand my intelligence and

develop my skills. As the years have gone by I see myself furthering my education

and obtaining a degree in marketing. By continuing my education, I can accomplish

my goals and make my dreams a reality. I heard about the Trey Whitfield Foundation

from my mother and did some further research. I then realized how much of an

impact this foundation has made on the community. The foundation has a firm

belief in education, friendship and dedication - three key qualities that can are all

needed to be successful. Education will always be an important key in my life and

by furthering my knowledge, there is no telling where it can take me.

Candace Janae Laster

Huntington, New York

Age: 18

School: University of New Haven, Connecticut

Accomplishments: At Huntington High School: Recipient, Math Pride Award;

Recipient, Social Studies Award for Excellence; Police Explorers Member,

coordinated food drives and community clean up.

I am active in my community and I work hard in the classroom each and every day.

My academic dedication lead me to the honor roll and numerous pride awards - these

awards are given to a select few students at our school who demonstrate leadership

and strong work ethic. At my church, I was involved in starting our youth group

to get the youth off the streets on Friday nights and divert their attention to more

positive life aspects. I’m also involved with my cousin’s basketball team, where

the goal is to help kids who are not as fortunate, play on a structured team to teach

them life lessons. I also care deeply about Huntington and actively participate in

“Night Out Against Crime” where we raise awareness about issues that plague our

small town.


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Academic Honorees

Grace Li

New York, New York

Age: 13

School: Transfiguration School, New York, New York

Sports, Skills & Interests: Basketball and Volleyball

Accomplishments: Entering the Speech Bee; Volunteer, Transfiguration Early

Childhood Campus


I’ve lived in Manhattan, New York for almost my entire life. I started Transfiguration

School when I was 8, and through the years, I’ve taken up piano and choir, both

which I felt passionate about and have continued. I also discovered that I loved

creative writing, which then led to public speaking and I eventually gained the

courage to participate in the Speech Bee. I used to be shy and embarrassed all the

time but with support from family and friends, I’ve grown into a confident person.

I also used to feel extremely uncomfortable with public speaking but now, I love

speaking to audiences and it brings out a side of me that I never knew I had. Like

Trey, I strive to excel in everything I do and do my best to challenge myself to get

over the obstacles that come in my way.

Clifford William Terrell II

Dover, Delaware

Age: 25

School: Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware

Academics: Sports Management major

Sports, Skills & Interests: Track and Football

Accomplishments: At Delaware State University - Coordinate game day activities

for sporting events; Member, Sports Management Organization; Volunteer camera

man for Powerhouse Ministries; Work at both Firefly and NASCAR events.


“Do not be afraid to fail, be afraid to not try.” I follow this quote because I am not

afraid to make the first move in anything I try. The most influential person in my

life is my mother. She raised me as a single mother, and I want to give back to the

woman who brought me into this world. I will continue to be an example as someone

who perseveres in order to see his goals manifest. If I can put my time into playing

a video game, I can do the same with my education. I will carry the memory of Trey

Whitfield with me as motivation to continue pursuing higher education. I am goal

minded and focused on the path ahead. There are many children in this world that

do not get an opportunity to maximize their potential, but with a helping hand,

anything is possible. After I graduate, I want to give back to the children and help

them succeed in their future endeavors.

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Academic Honorees

Alexander Francis Williams

Brooklyn, New York

Age: 21

School: North Carolina A&T, Greensboro, North Carolina

Academics: Business Marketing major

Sports, Skills & Interests: Football

Extra-Curricular: USAC Student Advocacy Director, Powerlifting Team, African

Student Union Member and Community Service

Accomplishments: : Linebacker, North Carolina Aggies; Volunteer at Brooklyn

Botanic Garden, MercyFirst/Angel Guardian, American Cancer Breast Cancer

Walk, BRAGGs Food Pantry Thanksgiving Meal and Jack & Jill Brooklyn Chapter;

Defensive End for the Southern Connecticut Owls Football team; New York City All

City Football Team; AII Brooklyn Football Team.


Alexander is a smart, inquisitive, thoughtful young man with tremendous leadership

potential. A scholar and athlete, he has consistently received scholarships for his

academic proficiency. He is also a talent on the football field - has many awards and

distinctions for his ability on and off the playing field. Alex won the Brooklyn 44

–where he was one of the top 44 players in Brooklyn. Alex has won the All Borough

MVP Football University–Invitational, Football University Top Gun, National

Underclassmen Ultimate 100, National Underclassmen-Top Prospect and Future

Phenomenon defensive line MVP.

Reach for the moon . . .

If you miss, you’ll land among the stars

# 34

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cultivate dreams




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Dr. Hazel Dukes

2015 Adult Honoree


Dr. Hazel N. Dukes is President of the NAACP New York State

Conference and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors,

a member of the NAACP Executive Committee and well as an active

member of various NAACP board sub-committees. Dr. Dukes is a woman

of great strength and courage. Her dedication to human rights and equality

is exemplified by her role linking business, government and social causes.

She is an active and dynamic leader who is known for her unselfish and

devoted track record for improving the quality of life in New York State.

A harsh system of civil and human injustice persists; intimidation,

violence, and the recent rash of “nooses,” speak to the widespread de facto absence of a civil and

human rights agenda in America says Dukes, and the fires of frustration continue to burn.

Dr. Dukes is President of the Hazel N. Dukes & Associates Consultant Firm, specializing in the areas

of public policy, health and diversity. She is a member of the Assembly of Prayer Baptist Church where

she served as Executive Assistant to the Pastor, is a member of the Board of Trustees and teaches the

Adult Sunday School.

Dr. Dukes received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University, Garden

City, New York and completed post-graduate work at Queens College. In 1990 she was awarded an

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College

and in 2009 was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn,

New York. In 2012 she was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Touro

College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem New York. Dr. Dukes has many organizational affiliations;

she is former President of the Metro-Manhattan Links Chapter, in 2010 was appointed the National

Links NGO Representative and is a former trustee of the State University of New York and Stillman

College. Dr. Dukes is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., and National Black

Leadership Commission on AIDS, INC.

Dr. Dukes is the recipient of numerous awards for her outstanding leadership activities, Ellis Island

Medal of Honor, YWCA City of New York John La Farge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice, Guy

R. Brewer Humanitarian Award, and the 2007 The Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women

in Business Award, member Ford Motor Company Funds Committee of Honor for Freedom’s Sisters,

was honored and received a Proclamation at the New York City Council’s Third Annual Martin Luther

King, Jr., Awards ceremony at City Hall in New York. Dukes is an active member of the Delta Sigma

Theta Sorority Northern Manhattan Alumnae Chapter and has been selected to receive the sorority’s

Althea T.L. Simmons Social Action Award in August 2010. Dr. Dukes was Incorporated in 2007 as

a Pi Eta Kappa Fellow and her biography has been selected for publication in many journals and

directories including: Fisk University Library, Minority Women Contribution, American Biographical

Institute Personalities of Northeast, Who’s Who Among American Women and Who’s Who Among

Black Women.

“. . . if I can help somebody as I pass along; then my living shall not have been in vain.”

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Bruce Harper

2015 Adult Honoree


Bruce Harper played with the New York Jets for eight years, from 1977

to 1985. He is the all-time kick returner in New York Jets history with

5407 yards in kickoff returns. He also served as the Jets punt returner from

1977 to 1982, totalling 1748 PR yards and 1 touchdown. Harper also played

running back. His total yards are 11429: 1829 rushing yards, 2409 receiving

yards, 1784 PR yards and 5407 KR yards.

He led the NFL with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for two

consecutive years, and he led the AFC in the same category for four years.

He was voted the Jets MVP in 1980, was a two-time Pro Bowl alternate, and

held nine Jets records at one time. Several of those records stand today.

In 2003, Bruce was selected as the Return Specialist on the Jets’ Four Decade Team. Bruce works

as an ambassador with the New York Jets and is a board member of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club,

the American Cancer Society, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation Board and United


Bruce is co-founding Director of the non-for-profit organization Heroes and Cool Kids. Based in

school systems throughout New Jersey, the mentoring program reaches out to elementary and middleschool

kids by high school athletes and students of the same district. The program utilizes the services

of current and former professional athletes whose personal life experiences enable them to train high

school student leaders. The high school students then mentor middle school students on important

life skills, including sportsmanship, conflict resolution and positive lifestyle choices highlighting drug,

alcohol and tobacco prevention.

“The goal of Heroes & Cool Kids is to promote pro-social behavior in students and to create a caring

and disciplined school climate.” For more information about the organization, visit


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Vy Higginsen

2015 Adult Honoree


Born and raised in Harlem, Vy Higginsen is an award-winning author,

publisher, playwright, media personality, and philanthropist. Vy was

the first female advertising executive at Ebony magazine and went on to

become a contributing editor for Essence. She created her own magazine,

the African-American lifestyles publication Unique NY and served as its

publisher and editor.

Vy also spent a decade behind the microphone at major New York

radio stations, including WBLS-FM, WWRL-AM, and WRKS-FM. On

camera, she has been a contributing reporter for WNBC-TV (including the

long-running “Positively Black” segment) and The Metro Channel. In 1983, Vy co-wrote, produced

and directed the classic gospel musical, Mama, I Want To Sing. The show ran for eight years (2,500

performances) becoming the longest-running African-American Off-Broadway musical in history. The

musical went on to play over 1,000 more performances through a three-year tour across the USA and

London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy; multiple appearances in the Caribbean, and seven

tours throughout Japan. Vy also conceived and produced Sing! Mama 2, and Born to Sing: Mama 3. In

March 1988, Vy co-produced Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson on Broadway.

In 1998, she created the Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem, NY, to present, preserve, and

promote Gospel, Jazz, and R&B as art forms for current and future generations. She continues to write

and produce original work as the foundation’s executive director. In 2002, Vy was ordained as an

Interfaith Minister. Led by her passion for the sounds and music she grew up hearing, Vy conceived

and created Alive! which documents the sounds, music, and stories of our black American musical


In 2006, she founded Gospel for Teens, a free educational program that offers a substitute for the arts

programs removed from many inner city schools. For her outstanding contributions to gospel music,

she was presented with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award at the 2012 Stellar

Gospel Music Awards. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture proclaimed Vy a Harlem

Hero in “Harlem Is . . .” a public art and education project of Community Works.

For more information, visit mamafoundation.org and vyhigginsen.com.

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Walter “Wali” Jones

2015 Adult Honoree


Walter “Wali” Jones is a retired American professional basketball player.

He was a 6’2” 180 lb guard. Jones played at Overbrook High School

in Philadelphia, the same school that had produced Wilt Chamberlain a

few years earlier. He played college ball at Villanova University. In his first

NBA season, Jones played for the Baltimore Bullets and was named to the

NBA All-Rookie Team.

Ask thousands of South Florida’s successful public school graduates to

list their sources of inspiration through the years, and undoubtedly you’ll

find the name of Wali Jones somewhere on that list. In his 17 years of service

to South Florida as a member of the Miami HEAT organization, Jones has enriched the lives of nearly

one million children through one of his trademark community programs, motivational speeches and


As the HEAT’s community affairs liaison, Jones has made it his life’s ambition to motivate South

Florida’s youth to action, both in and out of the classroom. He is the founder and director of the

National Shoot for the Stars program, providing complimentary “Books and Basketball” clinics for

underprivileged youth, while the program is presented by title sponsor FedEx. Jones has conducted

international clinics in Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Bahamas, Antigua, Jamaica, Bermuda and other islands

throughout the Caribbean. He also serves as the principal of HEAT Academy, the Miami HEAT’s

academic after-school program. Jones’ dedication to youth and education is unmatched. In addition

to his work with the HEAT, he also serves as the Director of Educational Research and Study for the

Tournament of Champions in Florida and is also the Co-Director of the Best of the Rest Stars, Education

Through Sports Camp.

Prior to joining the HEAT, Jones worked for the Department of Education and the federal government

as a human development trainer at the Center for Education Development in San Antonio for seven

years. There he supervised a 10-state region, which encompassed over 400 school districts, educating

teachers in classroom management and teaching techniques through neuro-linguistical programming.

Additionally, Jones leads basketball camps and clinics which teach academics, AIDS education, health

nutrition and career exploration. His tireless schedule takes him to more than 250 sites each year. In

January of 1999 he received national honors as he was presented with the President’s Award by President

Bill Clinton during the Stop the Violence program.

Of course, many still recall Jones for his on-court achievements. A 10-year veteran of the NBA, Jones

was drafted in the third round (20th overall) of the 1964 NBA Draft by Detroit after averaging 19.5

points as a standout guard at Villanova where he was a two-time All-East Regional selection. He won

a championship ring alongside Wilt Chamberlain on the vaunted 1967 Philadelphia 76ers team, which

was voted into the Hall of Fame as the best team in the NBA’s first 25 years. In addition to his two stints

with the 76ers, Jones saw action with the Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Baltimore Bullets of the NBA

and spent one year with the Utah Stars of the ABA. Upon retiring from active duty, Jones served as a

scout for Philadelphia for seven years.

Jones remains active on the court, participating in senior celebrity tournaments and on the USA

Senior Dream Team, which, led by tournament MVP Jones, won a gold medal at the 1996 Master’s

International Senior Games. He also captured MVP honors in 2003 at the Masters National 60-and-over

Tournament. Jones holds an economics degree from Villanova.

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Rev. James J. Maher

2015 Adult Honoree

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., D.Min., a member of the Vincentian

community, was appointed the 26th president of Niagara University

on March 13, 2013. He assumed office as of Aug. 1, 2013, and was formally

inaugurated on April 4, 2014. As president, Father Maher serves as the

university’s chief executive officer and ex-officio member of the Board of

Trustees, charged with the execution and administration of all university

matters. He is responsible for overseeing an operating budget that exceeds

$69 million, and implementing the vision for the university’s academic

colleges and divisions, including Administrative Council members and

senior management.

Before coming to Niagara, Father Maher served for 23 years at St. John’s University in New York City.

While there, he acted as the executive vice president for mission and student services, vice president

of student affairs, vice president of university ministry and campus minister, and executive director of

the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA). As executive vice president for mission and student

services, Father Maher administered a $26 million budget while leading the Division of Student Affairs,

the Department of University Ministry, VISA and the Vincentian Center for Church and Society.

Father Maher also previously served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. John’s Bread &

Life Program. During his tenure, he worked very closely with the executive director to expand services

to the poor, raising over $1 million, growing the donor base from 800 to 2,500 and completing 10 New

York City marathons in the establishment of the Run Against Hunger, leading a team of dedicated

runners to raise funds and awareness of hunger and poverty in New York City.

Father Maher earned his doctor of ministry degree from the Immaculate Conception Seminary and

Graduate School of Theology. He earned two master’s degrees in theology from the Mary Immaculate

Seminary, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from St. John’s University. He has also completed

professional leadership and management programs at the Harvard University Institute of Educational

Management and Management Development Program, the Stevens Institute and the Scott Academy’s

Senior Student Affairs Officers Institute, among others.

Father Maher is a Trustee of DePaul University. He has also served on the University and Collegiate

Executive Committee of the Fair Labor Association, and was a leading member of the Global Alliance

for Workers and Community. Currently, he is a provincial consulter for the Eastern Province of the

Congregation of the Mission.

Father Maher’s awards and honors include the Pietas Medal from St. John’s University (2009);

Madison’s Who’s Who, Outstanding Leader in Education (2008); Student Affairs’ Outstanding

Administrator Achievement Award from St. John’s University Student Government Inc. (2005); Epsilon

Kappa, Sigma Delta Phi, the National Hispanic Honor Society (2005); Top 100 Irish-Americans in the

U.S. by Irish America Magazine (2004); and New Yorker of the Week, New York 1 News (1995).

For more information, visit niagara.edu.


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Melinda Murray

2015 Adult Honoree

Melinda Murray is the Founder and President of the Dominic A. Murray

21 Memorial Foundation (DomHeart21). The Dominic A. Murray

21 Memorial Foundation was founded in 2010 following the tragic death

of Dominic Murray. Dominic was only 17 when his life was cut short by

sudden cardiac arrest. On October 5, 2009, Dominic collapsed and died on

the basketball court at Farmingdale State College just after having received

medical clearance to play college sports. Dominic suffered from a congenital

heart defect that went undetected by conventional clearance standards.

Although Dominic showed signs of a sudden cardiac arrest episode,

when his sudden cardiac arrest occurred, his symptoms went unrecognized by all around him. Dominic’s

sudden cardiac death occurred only three years after his father’s fatal heart attack, at the age of 42.

A widow and parent, who lost her only child, Melinda Murray, started the Dominic A. Murray 21

Memorial Foundation to prevent another loss of a child of such a preventable tragedy. DomHeart21 is

committed to expanding CPR-AED training, AED access, and heart screenings, so that no other family

loses a child, for lack of screening, training or life-saving equipment. DomHeart21 has CPR-AED trained

6,000 people and counting, screened 2500 young hearts for potentially life threatening cardiac issues,

placed AEDs in under-served communities, and equips youth serving organizations with AEDs for use

during sports games, practices, events and travel.

Melinda’s mantra Anyone’s Child, Everyone’s Cause is what drives the Mission, Cause and Work of

DomHeart21. Melinda is currently working on legislation that will require student athletes be cardiac

screened as part of the pre-participation in sports requirement. As another preventative measure,

Melinda introduced the Sudden Cardiac Prevention Act in New York State. The Act empowers parents

and coaches with information on the symptoms of SCA and educates them to make safer decisions on

the well-being of student athletes.

The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation brings two very important programs to New York


• Anyone Can Save A Life Program developed by the Minnesota High School Athletic Association to

enhance emergency Action Planning for After School Events. To date, 20 schools have implemented

the program along with teaching 1400 student athletes Hands only CPR and AED. Each of these

schools received CPR/AED training equipment to sustain the program.

• Heart Screen New York, a Free Youth Cardiac Screening program offered to schools. The screen

consists of a Heart Health Survey investigating signs and symptoms and family history of cardiac

conditions, blood pressure and physical examination, and ECG. An on-site echocardiogram is

conducted in cases with a positive finding on history, physical examination or ECG. All results are

reviewed by cardiologists and physicians experienced in cardiac screening. In conjunction with the

screening all students are taught Hands only CPR and AED use.

Melinda serves on the National Board of Directors of Parent Heart Watch and American Heart

Association New York City Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of the Greater Allen AME

Cathedral, where she serves on the Nora F. Taylor Missionary Society.

For more information, visit domheart21.org.


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Karl Nelson

2015 Adult Honoree


Karl Nelson played college football at Iowa State University and in 1983,

was the New York Giant’s 3rd Round draft choice – number 70 overall.

As an offensive tackle for the Giants, he forged a place onto the offensive

line from 1984-86, as he started each of the team’s games. He helped the

team win Super Bowl XXI, in part, due to Karl’s superb pass protection

which allowed MVP Phil Simms to complete 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards

and three touchdowns, that the Giants beat the Denver Broncos 39-20.

He missed the 1987 season when he was diagnosed and undergoing

treatment for Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system

He was one of the NFL’s best at run blocking. Until his illness Karl had started 55 consecutive games,

had missed only two practices in three seasons and had blasted more holes for running back Joe Morris

than any other Giants lineman at the time. In 1986 Morris rushed for 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns,

and most of those yards were gained on plays called to Nelson’s side of the field. The season that

Nelson missed due to Hodgkin’s disease -- with William Roberts playing right tackle and Godfrey, who

was hampered by a bruised left knee, at right guard -- Morris rushed for a mere 658 yards and three

touchdowns. Karl was the best, but had to prematurely retire from the NFL in 1989. For a time he

served as a commentator on Giants radio broadcasts.

Though the former tackle was, physically, a mountain of a man, he benefited during his cancer

treatments psychologically, from his experience in the trenches as an NFL player.

“As a lineman, I dealt with adversity all the time. On every play, there was a guy across from me

who tried to stop me from doing my job. When I had cancer, there was even more adversity. There are

many analogies between the two. I told people with cancer that treatments are just like training camp.

No football player wants to go through training camp but, if we wanted to play a regular season – and,

hopefully, a Super Bowl -- we needed to get through camp. Well, no one wants to go through these

treatments but, if we get through them, then we’ll be able to live longer. I had to attack the problem.

My coaches – in this case, my doctors -- were going to get me through this. So, I was going to listen to

them. Coaches put together a game plan, and so do doctors.”

Karl Nelson - Super Bowl champ and cancer survivor, currently resides with his family in Northern

New Jersey where he works in the financial industry and is an active advocate for various charities.

Sources: Sports Illustrated, July 11, 1988; New York Sports Day, May 3, 2006

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Christine Nevin

2015 Adult Honoree


Christine Nevin serves as Business and Media Relations Director with

ConEdison Solutions. In more than 30 years in the utility industry, she

has worked on both the regulated and deregulated sides of the business.

As corporate spokesperson and primary media contact, Ms. Nevin

develops relationships and coordinates interaction with the media as well

as professional and business organizations for the Company.

She also advises senior staff on all issues relating to positioning and

customer relationships, develops and directs executive participation in

seminars and conferences, plans and manages corporate events, and

develops and maintains related interaction within the Con Edison family of companies.

Ms. Nevin received her BA in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and has participated

in advanced management programs at Emory University and the University of Pennsylvania’s

Wharton School. She serves on the New York City Investment Fund. A member of the Junior League

of Brooklyn, she served as a director of the Association of Junior Leagues International and was Vice

President of the Alumni Advisory Council for Marymount Manhattan College.

Christine is a Brooklyn resident and has been familiar with East New York in Brooklyn for many

years, since she served as Economic Development Manager at Con Edison in the 1980s to work on

community development with the Local Development Corporation of East New York alongside her

colleague and friend, Rick Recny. She has become very familiar with and supports Trey Whitfield

School and Trey Whitfield Foundation, which are integral to the East New York community.

ConEdison Solutions offers electricity supply solutions to small businesses, mid-sized businesses, large businesses, governmental agencies,

municipalities, aggregations, schools and other institutions throughout certain states. Through its innovative and comprehensive 360

Energy Integration approach, ConEdison Solutions provides programs, services and solutions designed to achieve the energy objectives

of its clients. ConEdison Solutions offers a broad range of energy alternatives including electricity supply (electricity and natural gas),

energy efficiency solutions, energy saving performance contracting, Solar PV and environmentally-friendly Wind Power along with

innovative project financing options. For more information, visit conedsolutions.com

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Pettis Norman

2015 Adult Honoree


Pettis Norman, a former NFL Football player for the Dallas Cowboys

and San Diego Chargers, is President and CEO of Liquid Love Hair

Care, Inc. For almost fifty years he has been a successful business man,

as well as an accomplished leader in several fields of commerce in Dallas,


Pettis started with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. He

was initially used as a split end and started 6 games in 1963, before being

moved to tight end because he excelled in blocking. The next year he

became a full-time starter and manned the Cowboys tight end position for

nearly a decade, becoming part of the franchise’s legacy of great tight ends that included: Jim Doran,

Dick Bielski, Lee Folkins, Mike Ditka, Billy Joe Dupree, Jackie Smith, Doug Cosbie, Jay Novacek and

Jason Witten.

When Ditka joined the Cowboys in 1969 after having been a 4 time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago

Bears, Norman remained the starter, but split playing time with Ditka to provide great blocking and

leadership along the offensive line.

During his NFL career, he was active in changing the segregationist climate within the Cowboys and

later the city of Dallas, helping organized civil rights marches, influencing the changing of the team’s

roommate assignments and breaking social barriers. After his NFL career, Pettis evolved to become a

highly a successful businessman in different ventures.

His wife, affectionately known as Lady Margaret, the late Margaret Norman had a passion for

beautiful healthy hair. In 1982, she discovered a formula, moisture enriched, pearlescent love potion,

developed by a gentleman named Sir Charles. Excited, she introduced the product to her husband

Pettis, who instantly loved the product so much, he bought the formula. They launched this business

in the heart of their kitchen. This “Love” potion, known as “Liquid LOVE,” became “the talk of the


The vision for 2015 is to extend the Liquid Love Hair Care Brand by introducing a new level of high

quality products, in both the professional and retail markets to spread the message of “One Love, All

Hair,” to new and existing customers. For more information, visit liquidlovehaircare.com.

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Diana Reyna

2015 Adult Honoree


Since 2001, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna has

demonstrated an outstanding commitment to communities across

Brooklyn through government service and advocacy. As a New York

City Council Member representing the 34th District that includes the

neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn as well as

Ridgewood, Queens she garnered citywide attention for her efforts in

championing affordable housing, economic development, improving

equity in education, park space and waste as well as expanding youth and

senior services.

As the first woman of Dominican descent elected to office in New York State she focuses on ways she

can advocate for the over 2.6 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Reyna supports

innovation and high-tech job creation, investing in women or minority owned small businesses, as well

as business incubators that facilitate the critical work of entrepreneurs in creating start-up companies.

She focuses on knocking down barriers in the path of men and women who are hoping to take a chance

and follow a dream.

Daily, Reyna envisions new and bold ways to tackle Brooklyn’s inequities. She is a tireless advocate

for the BQ Green Project, which will deck the part of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that bi-sects

the ‘Southside,’ of Williamsburg with a park that bridges the community and improves the openspace

ration, bolster local business and improve quality of life in Northern Brooklyn for thousands of


Reyna believes that Brooklyn has many great success stories and is at the forefront of culture,

education, the arts and diversity. She’s said that “Brooklyn has become a terrific global brand, but

it is so much more than that. Brooklyn holds our future, our children, our neighbors, our artists, our

entrepreneurs, our schools, and our businesses. I am inspired and excited to champion Brooklyn.”

Reyna was born and raised in Williamsburg’s ‘Southside,’ and now lives in Bushwick with her

husband, a sergeant in the New York City Police Department, and two boys. She attended the

Transfiguration School in Williamsburg and Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.

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Anne Roome

2015 Adult Honoree


Anne Roome has been a true friend of Trey Whitfield School for many

years. She is responsible for the many contributions made by The

Huisking Foundation, an internationally known family philanthropic

foundation. Her steadfast support – and because of her, the support of The

Huisking Foundation – has for more than a decade been invaluable to the


Anne graduated from Manhattanville College and received her Juris

Doctor degree from Fordham University Law School. She served as a

partner in the firm of Ide, Haigney and Rado and presently is the CEO of

Park Avenue Travel Services Inc., a company founded by her late husband, with many corporate and

commercial clients.

Anne is a true New Yorker, who, fortunately for Trey Whitfield School, has a warm heart and generous

soul. Anne’s work and love for children has not gone unnoticed. The impact of her generosity and

compassion for the students and faculty at the School is felt every single day.

The Trey Whitfield Foundation is so pleased to count Anne among this year’s Honorees.

The Huisking Foundation., Inc. was formed to perpetuate and preserve as a living memory the sweet

nature, the sterling qualities, the grand character and the noble attributes of the late Lieut. Frank R.


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Johnnie Walton

2015 Adult Honoree


Johnnie Walton grew up in Elizabeth City, N. C., where football and

farming were staples. Watching his brother Nathan, four years older,

excel on the field, Walton observed his moves. When Nathan earned a

scholarship to Shaw University, Johnnie considered that was a route to

pursue. After an impressive High School prep career, Walton committed to

Norfolk State; but when his sister Phyllis passed away, he opted to attend

Elizabeth City State University. Starting midway through his freshman

season, the Vikings finished 3-5. As Walton developed, he elevated the

Vikings, who improved to 5-3, 8-2 and 9-1 in the Central Intercollegiate

Association Conference.

In 1969, a starting quarterback in the National Football League was less common than a man on

the moon. While James Harris was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the eighth round in 1969, Walton

was signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams. Getting acclimated to the speed and hitting,

he received a welcome to the NFL. “Deacon Jones came in and put me in the ground real good”, said

Walton. (Hall of Fame Lineman) Bob Brown told me, “I got you Rook”! On the next play Brown punched

Jones in the Sternum knocking the wind out of him. And Jones quickly looked at Coach George Allen

and responded with, “We don’t have anything to prove”. “I am going to save it for Sunday.” Camp

went well but Coach Allen loved experience so Johnnie was farmed out to the Continental Football

League with the Indianapolis Capitals. Walton took over midway through the season and was named

offensive MVP of the league. In the championship game the Capitals won in a 44-38 overtime decision.

At that time he was the only black to quarterback a team to a professional football title. While gathering

experience, disaster occurred. Coach Allen left Los Angeles and coached the Washington Redskins and

now Johnnie had to adjust to a new coach as well as a new coach had to adjust to him. In 1972 Johnnie

was released by the Los Angeles Rams.

When Johnnie broke into the NFL with the LA Rams in 1969, assistant coach Dick Vermeil joined

George Allen’s LA staff. After landing the head coaching job in Philly in 1976, Vermeil brought Walton

along with him to the city of Brotherly love. It was during his four year stint in Philly that Johnnie

experienced the highlight of his pro career. On a Monday night in 1979, Ron Jaworski took a vicious

hit from Ed “Too Tall” Jones during a pivotal game against the hated Cowboys. While Jaws recovered

on the sideline, Walton quarterbacked the team to ten quick points culminated by a

29 yard scoring strike to Charlie Smith. Those ten points equaled the final margin of

victory in one of the biggest wins in team history. After retiring from the NFL, Walton’s

connections paid off again when Dick Coury, a former Eagles assistant, coaxed him

out of retirement to quarterback his new USFL team. Johnnie played two fine years;

one with the Boston Breakers and second with the New Orleans Breakers. His USFL

passing stats were: 589 attempts, 330 completions, for 3,772 yards and 20 touchdowns.

After retiring January 2013, Johnnie has been active in politics and very much

involved in local issues in his hometown. He devotes much of his time to his lovely wife

Earline and shares much needed time providing shared homecare for his ninety six year

old father. His many grandchildren from his five children and two step children occupy

the remainder of his time.

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Past Honorees



Charles Oakley

Horace Balmer

Patricia Lee

Joseph Decandia, Jr.

Dr. Joyce Ferris

Harlow Fullwood, Jr.

Ben Glascoe

Rich Malcolm

John D. McLendon

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe

Johnny Newman

Honarable Edolphus Towns


Michael Clark

Shayla Coleman

Ronald Cook

Adam D’Niesandra

Qulana Lambson

Tony Manza

Todd McCormick

Justino Rivera

David Rubino



Kenny Anderson

O.J Anderson

Nate “Tiny” Archibald

Scott J. Baron

Thomas D. Hemans

Rose Jackman

Junius Kellogg

Brian D. Lapin

Dawnn Lewis

Jethro Pugh

Christopher Ramirez

Cal Ramsey

Tom “Satch” Sanders

Brian Shaw

David Smith


Deeon Brown

Jarred Cowart

Shondell Dupree

Derrick Gordon

Maurice Harper

Hoion Holmes

Renita Hutchinson

Lisa K. Kerry

Justin McCummings

Shonda M. Thomas

Micheal Shah

Jennifer Sovia

Lynair Writght

Jasmine Yearwood



Harold Adams

Roosevelt Brown

Joseph DeCandia, Sr.

Dr. Beverly Hall

Oscar Johnson

Pepper Johnson

Deloris Jordan

Dr. Janie Katz

Steve Mills

John Parola

Carolyn E. Silas

Ursula Smith

Peter Westbrook

Terrie Williams


Will Bartholomew

Mark Beban

Derek Forrest

Marlon Francis

Daniel Gilroy

Hasani Jabari Macey

Devonnee Jackson

Doan Ly

Iyeesha McConnyhead

Ron McCormick

Joseph Medlin

Anna Pace

Erin Ray

Karisma Rencher

Tishanna Stanfield

Carmen Thomas

Sarah Washington

Kanika White

Anne Williams

Josh Woodfork



Annette J. Barnett

Walter Beach, III

Grace Blake

Susan Buchholtz

Clifton Davis

Mel Davis

Mike Davis

Stewart M. Dunlop

John J. Ferrandino

Clarence Gaines

Adrianne Sealy-


Robert D. Kennedy

Ben E. King

Dr. Joseph D. Lawson

Rafael Orozco

Lynne Palmer

Hezekiah Walker

Herb Williams

Honorable Priscilla A. Wooten


Monique Caldwell

James J. Carvino

Marcus Harris

Rashida LaLande

John Mautz

Corine Mealing

Robert Coughlan-Peterson

Ronald S. Ramo

Brandon Vaughn Ray

Keith Juliam Richards

Damon L. Shelley

Lauren Sung Jin Chung

Nicolo Tarantini

Chanel Danelle Tisdel

Aisha Vinegar

Jessica Renee Wagner

Lionel White

Dana Michelle Williams

Tiffany Dee Anna Wright

Joel Ray Youngblood



Rudolph F. Crew

Luther R. Gatling

Marvin G. Haye

Emily “Cissy” Houston

Sherry Humbart

Chuck Jackson

Mark “Action” Jackson

Herrnan Johnson

Reginald A. Nero

Richard Roundtree

Wayne Sanborn

Alton R. Waldon Jr.

Lillian Coggins-Watson

Jo White

Glenn Frank Woo


Catherine Borja

Carla Cheesman

Courtney Nicole Covington

Sekuleo Gathers

Na’imah Wajeedah Green

Roy Vaughn Haskins

Bruce R. Hawkins

Dawn D. Hunt

Alea Jordan

Khadeen Indrea Joseph

Ryan Kaiserman

Marissa Mitchner

Jacqueline A. Pottle

Nicole Monique Quick

Curtis U. Reyes

Jade Rivera

Jimeeda S. Shedrick

Peter Waitkun

Abigail Warner



Ray Allen

Jeff Beedy

Bobby Dandridge

James Denmark

Samuel Dunston, Sr.

Chris Gatling

Ray Haskins

Calvin Hill

Steve Lapin

Rory Sparrow

Leah Wilcox

Doug Williams

Albert Wiltshire


Courtney Alexander

Bevlin Campbell

Natasha Chisolm

Sarah Flaherty

Charles Glover

Jonathan Jacobi

Kevin Joseph

LeAnne Kerry

Michael Kulak

Danielle Lawson

Daniel Noyes

Melody Pescinski

Shatema Reedy

Ciara Cusseaux-Rhodes



Gary J. Beban

Charlotte Marie Brandon

Antonio Davis

James A. Ebron

Topher Grace

Lucille O’Neal Harrison

Marie Jackson

Sam Krinsky

Mary Mason

Chris Mullin

Curly Neal

Timothy Radley

Wilma Ann Sealy


Jonathan Telford-Campbell

Jenelle Davis

Daneira S. Fuller

Omar B. Bobb-Semple

Cherisse L. Bush

Rachel E. Carter

Kari Gibbs

Denise Lee

Elizabeth B. Maynard

Amalia Richardson

Joseph Raczka

Jerika A. Robinson

Colin Vuong

James Walker

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Past Honorees



Carrie R. Ahlborn

Douglas X. Alexander

Edward S. Bishop

Dassie M. Coleman

Maurice DuBois

Floyd G. Layne

Margaret McConnyhead

Debbie Medina

Drew Pearson

Jalen Rose


Adrian Ashley

Tawana V. Barber

Adam J. Belanger

Terry M. Brown

Vanessa O. Delgado

Richada C. Grant

Jasmine P. Hamlor

Wesley Harris

Candelita Hinson

Kawan P. Jackson

Janiya Johnson

Carrie Kam

Alisha Marcano

Norman J. McCullough

Allison Poom

Jamael Thompson



Paul J. Adams III

Lenora Jarvis-Mackey

Curtis Symonds

Althea D. Bailey

Jeff Krinsky

Cecil K. Watkins

Rolondo Blackman

Kathy Lowery

Ava Hazel Bradshaw

Stephon X. Marbury

Roberto Clemente, Jr.

Emily Jackson

Zelda Spoelstra


Ashley Ahlborn

Gerald Yakeen Argo

Ricardo Patrick Browne

Celeste Butts

Brent Ford

Jaleith Zakiya Gary

Danah Alexandria Gordon

Tristan Joseph

Kevin Lee

Harrison Li

Yajaida J. Merced

Ashley Mudge

Crystal M. Soto

Tanisha L. Ward

Sheena Monique Washington

Jason Martin-Williams



Mike Bantom

Jim Brown

Dr. Roscoe Brown

Jeff Burns, Jr.

Omar Epps

Seymour Fliegel

Michael Jarvis

Wyclef Jean

Rita McCormick

Alonzo Mourning

E. Suzanne O’Reilly

Shirley Richardson

Nellie Richardson



Kenya Alleyne

Corrinne Sophia Bailey

Shawn Geoffrey Bergeron

Ariel Brigge Thomas

Sherika Brooks

Leslie Dorthea Brown

Hue Ming Chan

Ann-Marie Renee Cornwall

Devale Edward Ellis

Andrew Guild

Dahlia Maria Marcano

Christine Odila Perez

Stefan Phillip

Jenny Trinh



Julie Dent

Len Elmore

Marilyn Gelber

Cindy Hsu

John Issacs

Shirley Joshua

Dick Lynch

George Martin

Bruce McBarnette

Calvin Murphy

Jeffery F. Reisener

Al Schreiber

Michael Schreiber

Dr. Leroy Walker


Nikkia Allen

Christopher Betti

Lauren A. Brooks

Ashley M. Farrell

Rossi Ferraiolo

Brian Giroux

Shu Min Liang

Maya Monroe

Brian Norville

Steven Rice

Armand Seth Santiago

Joshua Stephens

Hanif Sumner

Khalid Sumner

James Vinci

Andrew Zhao



Paul J. Acinapura, Esq.

Ashley Cobb

Hollis Copeland

Terry Davis

Nancy Druckman

Peewee Kirkland

Michele Medaglia

Lenny Moore

Daniel Mudge

Johnny Sample

Phyllis White Thorne

Joseph Wilkinson

LaTrisha Anita Wilson


Alicia Banks

Tyler Benedict

Shaniqua Chapman

Cody Chung

Torin Hjelmstad

Everette K. Hopkins

Pakita Lee

Brianna Monconduit

Tiana Palmer

Latara Ragin

Edward Risener

Jayda Shanks

Ashley Mercedes Sumpter

Jasmine Danielle Valazquez

David Yao



Herman Bagley

Audrey Carrington-Beveny

Reischea Canidate

Roger L. Crawford

Maria G. Gotsch

Beth M. Hayes

Derek Wayne McNeil

Cheryl Miller

Adelaide L. Sanford

Kevin Alvin Willis


Erica Blunt

Nikeiva Crawford

Tauren Malena Deas

Colleen Alisha Hinkson

Davon Sharieff Johnson

Tracey Jordan

Stephen Blair Koontz

Kodi Parker

Jasmine Ranjitisingh

SaNovia Mone’t Robinson

Shauntae M. Smith

Kiara Shantell Towns

Kendra Windsor

William Wong

See Lam Yeung



Elder Wade Charles Bowick

Bishop Deryl Bowicck

Raymond R. Blixt FSC

Jeannete M. DiBella

Shelia Evans-Tranumn

Frederic Gatto

Fredric J. Hugue

David Lerner

Earl Lloyd

Lisa Salters


Connor Joan Ahlborn

Candace Baldwin

Kelly Alesia Brewington

Charnelle Campbell

Adrian Jarnel Davis, II

Tyrone Davis

Pierre Guobadia

Daniel Li

Kevin Aubin Marks

Naomi Pan

Danielle Segoiva-Burke

James George Simoneau

Jonathan Ward



David Aldridge

Lonnie Allgood

Emily C. Eng

Thomas E. Hogan

Ellen Joseph

Joseph Joseph

Claudie J. Mackey, Ed.D.

Lloyd Robinson

Nevil Shed

John Starks

Chris Webber

Rayfield Wright


Shannon Brathwaite

Jasmine Coleman

Gregory DrPrisco

Imani Gary

Kristopher Kam

Jaime Lau

James Edward Pascascio

Jeanine Stanislaus

Cuthbert Thomas

Alanna Milca Vaughns

Jamal Wallace

Whitney White

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Past Honorees



Richard Caster

Michael Druckman

Ed “Too Tall” Jones

Leonie Logan

Peg Radley

Willis Reed, Jr.

Lionel Shropshire

Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus


William Abrams

Aaron Andrews

Jeffrey Eugene Carter

Mason Thomas Choice

Reneé Natasha Daniel

Alexandria Farrell

Nicholas Kui

Jolen Melissa Lum

Melanie Chardé Norman

T.J. Palmer, Jr.

Kristen Lauren Willis



Gwendolyn J. Bampfield

Karen Boykin-Towns

Harry Carson

Hank Carter

Benny O. Hodges

Grace Y. Ingleton

Sam “Mr. Clutch” Jones

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Maureen Simoneau


Jennifer Maureen Bisgaier

Jemila Grant

Nadjee Dion Harrigan

Alejandro Hernandez-Torres

Nathaniel Spenser Horgan

Amanda Jeh

Steven W. Katz

Clebreya Azaliah Parris

Jorge Alberto Portillo

Christopher Spooner

Angel Tejada, Jr.

Calvin Tsang



Richard “Rick” Barry

Darryl Dawkins

Charles j. Hynes

Darla Romfo

Carra Wallace

Rasheed Wallace


Tandia Elijio

Tiffany Goodwin

Lauren Hom

Blair-Michael Jones

Joshua Kessler

Vince Lei

Elijah Mayo

Christopher Wade Riley

Symphany Rochford

Travis Stanislaus

Teneil Wells

Jessie Zhan



Cory Booker

Ava Faustin

Anna Maria Horsford

Veronica Jordan

Wayne Mackie

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Leonard E. “Truck” Robinson

Darryl Strawberry

Marilyn Waller


Keshia Blair

Najee Francis

Dana Andre Griffin, Jr.

Tymira Holman

Taylor Mack

Alexandria Alicé


Devin Marqúis McKenzie

Taylor Mitchell

Akilah Moñet Portee

Brittany Williams

Hillary Yao

Michelle Zhang



Christopher Dent

Priscilla Frey-Incorvaia

Robert “Harry” Harrison

Geoffrey Huston

Michael Keller

Gregory Jackson, Sr.

Gail Marquis

Robert L. “Bobby” Vaughan

Deborah Williams

Perry Williams

Patricia Miller Zollar


Melanie Boothe

Carllene Yvonne Brooks

Robert Dyles Brown III

Kyle R.P. Evans

Daniel O. Guobadia

Gabriel Ho

Nyasha Waller

Nailah Williams

Katrina Wong



Jim Burt

Michael Cooper

Dr. Michael Forbes

Anwar Gladden

Sonni Holland

Greg Jagenburg

Ray Negron

Ciarán Sheehan

Lenny Wilkens


Michael Albert

Keyanna Wilson Blakely

Ciera Burden

Charnette Chambers

Sophia Chan

Jade Coachman

Leah B. Daniels

Christian N. Deans

Caleb Green

Taylor Hom

Erinique King

Crystal Mojica

Jay Ribakove

Sara Ribakove

Joseph D. Scala

Adrienne N. Williams

Shaneil Wynter



Christina Brooks-Signo

Andrea Cooper

Carl Clay

Mike Gale

James Harris

Prentiss McNeil

Br. Phil Rofrano

Darryl Towns

Everson Walls


Keturah Barcliff

Nolan Burgos

Velvet Chestnut

Lukas Esquivel

Brian Ferraiolo

Donald Hazelton

Ariel Kennedy

Brandon Lopes

Pranav Prasannakumar

Thomas Scibelli

Brandon Yuen

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Your Contributions At Work

Jennifer Bisgaier

Jennifer Bisgaier - 2009 Academic Honoree. Jennifer’s past extends into Flatbush,

Brooklyn – where her father was born and raised. But her family moved away from the

city, to Central Virginia, where Jennifer’s home was on a small, isolated farm - far away

from brownstones, skyscrapers, taxis and subway stops. When she was a young girl,

her father was watching The O’Reilly Factor show on television where it featured Trey

Whitfield School in a series on public vs. private school education. Jennifer overheard

the conversation between her mom and dad about Brooklyn and the donation they were

planning to make to the school. Jennifer was inspired and pulled together all of her $80

savings to give to the school. “As a ten year old girl with little experience in financial

matters, the situation seemed simple enough to me - I had easy access to an outstanding

education, and these children did not. Extra clothes, candy, and American Girl doll

accessories suddenly seemed insignificant compared to a child’s future.” Now, eleven

years later, Jennifer is a senior at Georgetown University. “I more fully understand just

how incredible Trey Whitfield School is. It has enabled countless children to overcome

their circumstances and give back to their community. It is more than just a school; it is

an example to the rest of the world of education that needs be supported and emulated.”

Keshia Blair

Keshia Blair – 2011 Academic Honoree. Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Keshia moved

to Brooklyn with her family and attended Bethlehem Baptist Academy, now known

as Trey Whitfield School. Graduating from TWS, she entered Brewster Academy, where

she received generous financial assistance from a member of TWS’s Board from Morgan

Stanley and was even more motivated toward high achievement and excellence. After

graduating from Brewster with honors, she attended Stetson University and graduated

this spring magna cum laude - majoring in Humanities and double minored in Africana

Studies and Religious Studies. She was also a community activist, helping charter

the Sigma Gamma Rho, a historically African-American sorority on campus. “I am

proud to say that I have recently graduated from Stetson University. I can’t believe

how the time has flown; it seems like just yesterday that I attended Brewster Academy.

However, as a recent college graduate, I can only think of the legacy I have created at

an institution that has helped me to find myself and my passions.” With several law

school acceptances, she chose Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, her goal is

to become a corporate attorney.

Nolan Burgos

Nolan Burgos – 2014 Academic Honoree. Nolan was born in the Bronx, New York

and at a very young age, had a passion for sports but also excelled in the classroom.

During his years at Mount Saint Michael Academy, he ranked in the top 10% and was

captain of both the football and lacrosse teams. He was also heavily involved with the

school community, becoming leader of the Spanish Honor Society and Vice President

of the senior class, as well as being active in the Student Council and National Honor

Society. After graduating from the Academy, Nolan is now attending Bates College and

just completed his freshman year. At Bates, he is making friends from all over the world

and realizing the college experience will be enriching in more ways than one. Thankful

for the support and motivation he had received from his family and the Trey Whitfield

Foundation, Nolan believes that “the Foundation has made it easier for me to succeed,

and because of it, I’m excited for what the future has in store. I can’t wait to see what

the rest of my time at Bates will be like, and it’s great to know that the Foundation will

be by my side every step along the way.” Over the 2015 summer, Nolan is an intern

at the NAICA Law Office, working with the Housing Court to help prevent tenants

from being needless evictions. At Bates, Nolan is majoring in Philosophy, minoring in

Rhetoric with plans on going to law school after graduation.

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Past Events

Hosts Janie and A.B. welcome

guests to the 2014 Banquet

A.B. & Jaz ...

The Prince of BelAir and Jada

Stunning in Red...

TWF Honoree Coordinator

Chanel Forbes with guest

The 2014 Awards table

The podium & honorees tables

The banquet room just before seating

Cocktail hour

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Past Events

Guests at cocktail hour

Guests at cocktail hour

Janie with Dr. Stanislaus and his daughter


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph with Janie

A.B. with NFL Star Donte Davis of the

Indianopolis Colts

Janie with the Harris Family

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Past Events

Janie with former Honorees Lenora Mackey

and NBA star Mike Gale

Clifton with guests

The McNeils party with Janie

Guest with Thomas Hogan and

Marie Callendar

Janie with the Holman Family

The Towns Family with Janie

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Past Events

Academic Honoree

Keturah Barcliff

with Taylor

Academic Honoree

Velvet Chestnut

with Harris

Academic Honoree

Lukas Esquivel

with Taylor

Academic Honoree

Charnette Chambers

with Keshia

Academic Honoree

Ariel Kennedy

with Taylor

Academic Honoree

Brandon Lopes

with Tymira

Academic Honoree

Pranav Prasannakumar

with Chanel

Academic Honoree

Thomas Schibelli

with Leeyah

Academic Honoree

Brandon Yuen

with Taylor

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Past Events

Adult Honoree

Christina Brooks-Signo

with Alvin

Adult Honoree

Carl Clay

with Bessie

Adult Honoree

Andrea Cooper

with Ben

Adult Honoree

Mike Gale with


Adult Honoree

James Harris and son

Brad with Janie

Adult Honoree

Prentiss McNeil with

Deen and Leeyah

Adult Honoree

Br. Phil Rofrano

with Gillian

Adult Honoree

Darryl Towns

with Bessie

Pam Oliver of Fox Sports and

Clifton Davis, Sultan of the Disney

Broadway musical “Aladdin”

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Past Events

Our Masters of Ceremony Pam and Clifton

Pam presents Academic Honoree Keturah

Barcliff’s award with Chanel

Pam, Academic Honoree Velvet Chestnut

and Tymira

Academic Honoree Lukas Esquivel

with Taylor and Clifton

Clifton, Academic Honoree Donald Hazelton

with Deen and Leeyah

Pam and Harris with

Academic Honoree Ariel Kennedy

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Past Events

Whitney, Academic Honoree Brandon Lopes

and Clifton

Chanel with Academic Honoree

Pranav Prasannakumar and Clifton

Tymira, Academic Honoree Thomas Schibelli

and Pam

Deen, Leeyah and Academic Honoree

Thomas Yuen with Pam

A.B., Vernell with Adult Honoree

Christine Brooks-Signo and Clifton

Bessie, Adult Honoree Carl Clay and Pam

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Past Events

Alvin, Adult Honoree Andrea Cooper with Janie

and Clifton

Adult Honoree NBA Star Mike Gale receiving

his award from his legion of fans

Adult Honoree James Harris receives his award

Bessie, Adult Honoree Prentiss McNeil

with Bessie and Clifton

Gillian with Adult Honoree Br. Phil Rofrano

and Pam

Adult Honoree Darryl Towns receives his

award with his constituency

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Past Events

A.B. addresses the banquet attendees and


The singers are in the house!

Prentiss with Clifton

Prentiss performs one of The Drifters hits

Clifton sings with the band

The 2014 Banquet Journal is perused

Banquet guests chat and catch up

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Past Events

Janie with Barbara Rushin’s mom and aunt

Janie with Pat Cowart, the Fordes and guest

Janie with Taylor, Connor and Mr. & Mrs. Scibelli

Don Hazelton at his table with daughter Emily

Two buddies A.B. and Sam

TWS Parents Mrs. Joseph and Mrs. Petrus with

Janie, Karen Towns and Donna and catch up

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Past Events

The Transfiguration School table

Former Honoree Lloyd Robinson

with his family and friends

The Brewster Academy clan

Ellen Joseph and guests at the V.I.M. table

Janie and Vernell with Adult Honoree

Christina Brooks-Signo and guests

Jasmine, Pam, Janie and Lena Council

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Past Events

Two Georgia Peaches with Janie, Hazel

and Jasmine

The Greens with A.B., Phyllis White-Thorne,

Deen and Janie

A.B. with the Scibellis, Academic Honorees

Thomas and Pranav

Adult Honoree Darryl Towns

with his wife Karen

Darryl with parents Gwen and Ed

Janie and Marilyn

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Past Events

The McNeils - the kids are

growing up fast!

The Dreamgirls ... Vernell, Janie

and Christina

Alvin with mom Janie

All right, who put on

Marvin Gaye?

Debbie with Janie

Everybody get up on the dance floor - and so in sync!

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Past Events

Mel Davis, Hall of Fame honoree Lenny Wilkins,

Judge Al Walden and Coach Howie Jones

Guests perusing the journal

Pat and John enjoying the journal

Ben and Vernell

Meesh, Koontz, Alvin, A.B and Adam

Travis, A.B. and Wendell

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Golf Tournament

2014 Golf Tournament held at the

Plandome Country Club

A view from the Plandome Country Club


Morning registration at Plandome

Rane and Dave Peterson

with A.B. and Ben on the right

Adult Honoree NFL Star Everson Walls with

Alvin, Janie, George, Gillian & A.B.

Pat, Barbara, John and Clifton

Al Hofer, Mike Schreiber and Ben

A.B. and his golfing buddies

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Golf Tournament

Former CIAA basketball star Mouse, former

Aggie Star Ed and AB

Bruce, Clifton, Marge, Janie and Hardy

Don Hazelton’s foursome with A.B.

Golf Pros Jay & Kendall Flowers with A.B.

Selwyn Phillip and TWF 2002 Academic

Honoree Stefan Phillip


A great day to golf for Lord Imarl’s group

Getting around Plandome on a golf cart

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Golf Tournament

NY Jets Karl Nelson with A.B. and friends

Ben with NY Giants Steven Baker

2014 Golf Tournament Honoree

O.J. Anderson with A.B.

2014 Goif Tournament Honoree Ed Towns

with A.B.

Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler

Super Bowl MVP O.J. Anderson (left)

Former Seattle Super Sonic

Gus Williams (middle)

Earl the “Pearl” with Phil Kelly, Sr.

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Nelson (5th from left)

Trey Whitfield Foundation Golf Tournament

el - Former


Middle - Actor & Grammy Award Winner

Clifton Davis

Middle - Actor and Grammy Award

Winner Clifton Davis

Wayne Mackie-NFL, Sam Jones-NBA

Hall of Fame

ards Banquet

Page 15

O.J. Anderson 3rd from right

MVP, Super Bowl XXV, New York Giants

NFL All Pro Sterling Sharpe (left) with

Golf Pro Bruce Eagle (2nd from left)

rey Whitfield Foundation

lebrity Golf Classic 2009


Bruce Calvert (left), and Jerry Cooney,

Former Heavyweight Boxer (right)

All-Star Darryl Strawberry (center), Jeff White former

K.C. Chiefs Star and A.B. with golf pros

Jethro, A.B., Sam Jones & Darryl

NY Jets Superstar O.J. Anderson, Jay Ribakove,

Sam Jones and Howard Dabney

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Golf Tournament

Middle - NFL Hall of Famer Rick Barry

Clyde Drexel - Former

Houston Rocket

Stu Dunlop & Family with Form

Nelson (5th from

NFL Hall of Fame star Jim Brown

& host A.B.

NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry

Left - Former NY Jet Rich Caster

Left Former NY Jet Rich Caster

Willie Crenshaw, NFL-St. Louis Cardinals

(far right)

2nd from left - Clyde Drexel - Former

Houston Rocket

Middle - Actor and

Winner Clift

Nineteenth Annual


Awards Banquet

2nd from right - NY Giants Karl Nelson

Bruce Calvert, All Pro Rich Caster,

Kendall Flowers, Derek McNeil and his son Deen

NFL Great Ed “Too Tall” Jones (center)

and Don Cronson, (2nd from left)

Perry Williams of the Giants

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Golf Tournament

Front: Bruce Calvert, OJ Anderson, Jim Brown, AB Whitfield, Sterling Sharpe, Gus Williams,

Claude Mackey, Curtis McGriff, Mel Davis, Derek McNeil, Willis Crenshaw;

Back: Alvin Whitney, PJ McDonald, Perry Williams, Too Tall Jones, Sam Jones, Jim Burt, Rich Caster,

Tony LoBianco, Karl Nelson, Jackie Martling, Walter Beach

A.B. , former NY Jet Rich Castor (center),

P.J. and Derek

Mark Formoen and the Toshiba group

Sam Jones, NBA Star Alonzo Mourning

and A.B.

Claudie Mackey, Former Cowboy (left) and Sam Jones,

Hall of Fame, Boston Celtics (2nd from right)

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Honoree Timeline

More Than Two Decades of Recognition

On July 9, 1993, the first Trey Whitfield Foundation

Awards Banquet was held. The ultimate goal was to

support children and education. Just as important is

our goal to recognize and honor academic and adult

achievers. The objective is simple - demonstrate by

example how anyone can realize one’s dreams with

hard work and dedication as exemplifed by these

Adult Honorees shown in this retrospective over

more than two decades.

From the 1990s to the

2010s, we honored

Earl Monroe, O.J.

Anderson, Charles

Oakley, Jethro Pugh,

Pepper Johnson,

Roosevelt Brown,

Gary Beban, Jim

Brown, Nate Archibald, Tom Sanders, Mel Davis,

Jo Jo White, Ray Allen, Bobby Dandridge, Antonio

Davis, Chris Mullins, Alonzo Mourning, George

Martin, Dick Lynch, Kevin Willis, Earl Lloyd, Chris

Webber, Willis Reed, Sam Jones, Jackie Joyner-

Kersee, Darryl Dawkins, Rick Barry, Perry Williams,

Gail Marquis, John Starks and and many other

sports luminaries. Their work extended beyond

sports and into the community, inspiring others to

follow in their footsteps and to always strive to do

their personal best.

We also recognized those in the entertainment,

news media, business and education arenas, for

their work both in the public and behind the scenes.

Clifton Davis, Omar Epps, Wyclef Jean, Cindy Hsu,

Cheryl Miller, Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Lisa Salter,

Reischea Canidate, David Aldridge, Cory Booker,

Nancy Druckman, Karen Boykin-Towns, David

Lerner, Lionel Shropshire, Michelle Williams, Darlo

Romfo and numerous others. They inspire many to

achieve greater aspirations in their lives by showing

themselves as examples of success.

This timeline only represents some of our honorees

in the past as space can allow in these next few

pages. However, we continue to pay tribute to

each and every single one of the Trey Whtifield

Foundation honorees - some are no longer with us -

for their support of education and children.

Our first Honoree!

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe

New York Knicks,

Hall of Fame

The late

Harlow Fullwood, Jr.,

NFL, Philanthropist

Benjamin Glascoe

Former Director of Public

Affairs, Con Edison

Charles Oakley

New York Knicks

O.J. Anderson

New York Giants

MVP of Super Bowl XXV

Nate “Tiny” Archibald

Boston Celtics

NBA Hall of Fame

Jethro Pugh

Dallas Cowboys

All Pro

Tom Sanders

NBA Hall of Fame

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Honoree Timeline

Roosevelt Brown

New York Giants

NFL Hall of Fame

Clifton Davis

Actor, Songwriter,

Grammy Award Winner

Chuck Jackson


Doug Williams


Antonio Davis


Peter Westbrook

American Sabre Fencing Champion,

Olympic Medalist

Ben E. King

Singer, “Stand By Me”

Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame

Richard Roundtree


Calvin Hill


Gary Beban

Heisman Trophy Winner

Jo Jo White


Ray Allen


Lucille O’Neal Harrison


Shaquille O’Neal’s mother

Steve Mills

NBA Executive

Brought first All Star

game to New York

Mel Davis

New York Knicks

Alton R Waldon, Jr.

Judge, New York State

Court Claims

Bobby Dandridge


Chris Mullin


Hall of Fame

Pepper Johnson

New York Giants

Walter Beach

Cleveland Browns

Emily “Cissy” Houston


Whitney Houston’s mother

Steve Lapin

CEO, Geneve

Sam Krinsky


S&J Vending

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Honoree Timeline

Floyd G. Layne

Basketball Coach

Hall of Fame

Zelda Spoelstra


Jim Brown


Hall of Fame

The late Dr. LeRoy Walker

first African-American

Coach, US Olympic track

team, President, USOC

Lenny Moore


Hall of Fame

Drew Pearson

Dallas Cowboys

The late Cecil K. Watkins

President and CEO of the

National Pro-Am City

Leagues Association,


Dr. Roscoe Brown

Tuskeegee Airman

George Martin

New York Giants

Phyllis White Thorne

Con Edison Executive

Alonzo Mourning


Calvin Murphy


Hall of Fame

Jalen Rose


Rolando Blackman


Hollis Copeland


Omar Epps


The late Dick Lynch

New York Giants

Maurice DuBois

CBS News

Paul J. Adams, III


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Nancy Druckman

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Earl Lloyd

First African-

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Harry Carson


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Sideline Reporter, NBA

Lisa Salters


John Starks


Ed “Too Tall” Jones


Sam Jones


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David Lerner


David Lerner Associates

Chris Webber


Willis Reed, Jr.


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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Olympic Medalist

Greatest Female Athlete of

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The Honorable

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Vice Chancellor Emerita

NYS Board of Regents

Frederic Gatto

Sovereign Bank

Rayfield Wright


Lionel Shropshire

Record Producer

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Chief Diversity Officer,


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Major League Baseball

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Geoffrey Huston


Ciaran Sheehan

Singer, Actor,

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Carl Clay

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Mike Gale


Darryl Dawkins


Cory Booker


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Former Trustee, Potsdam

Public Museum

Rasheed Wallace


Anna Marie Horsford


Gail Marquis

USA Olympian

Lenny Wilkens

NBA Hall of Fame

Prentiss McNeil

Entertainer and Singer

Sheryl Lee Ralph


Perry Williams


Sonni Holland

Charles Hayden Foundation

Darryl Towns

Commissioner & CEO

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Darlo Romfo

President & COO,

Children’s Scholarship


Wayne Mackie

Head Linesman, NFL

Michelle Williams

Singer, Actress

Jim Burt

New York Giants

Superbowl Champion

Everson Walls


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David Lerner Associates

congratulates the

e Trey Trey Whitfield Foundation

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2014 2015

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In Memory of

Jethro Pugh

Thanks for all you have done for

Trey Whitfield Foundation & Trey Whitfield School.

“Old cowboys never die. They just fade away.”

To my roommate,

teammate and best

friend. May you

rest in peace...


- AB

To my dear friend,

teammate and


God bless and

keep you.

- Shrop




To the Trey Whitfield Foundation

on on their 22nd 23 rd Annual Awards Dinner

We wish Congratulations

tonight’s Honorees

all To the best Trey Whitfield that life Foundation has to offer on This as

they continue in their endeavors

Auspicious Occasion of Its 21st Annual Awards Dinner

And Hearty Congratulations to the Well Deserved Honorees


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Barbara Lee and the Trey Whitfield Foundation for all that you do to enhance the lif


I am proud to support


the Trey Whitfield Foundation for

Barbara Lee and the Trey Whitfield Foundation for all that you do to enhance the life of our youth.

23 Years of Services

I am proud to support the Trey Whitfield Foundation for

23 Years of Services


Tonight Special Honoree

Johnnie Johnny Walton

Keep up the good work!


Tonight Special Honoree

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Keep up the good work!

Your Friend,

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Honorees on your 23 rd Annual Awards Dinner

From Your Family

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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion

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But when I start to tell them,

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I’m a woman


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That’s me.

To Our


Mama Dukes

Men themselves have wondered

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They try so much

But they can’t touch

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When I try to show them

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

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The sun of my smile,

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The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


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We learn from you how to be the best that we can

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Our admiration, appreciation and love

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Tonight, we all congratulate and honor you,

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We Love You,

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and Trinity Towns


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Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

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When you see me passing

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the palm of my hand,

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Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Best wishes &


on 23 great years to the

Trey Whitfield Foundation

Congratulations to

Father James J. Maher, C.M., D.Min.,

on being selected as a

2015 Trey Whitfield Foundation honoree!

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The North Brooklyn YMCA congratulates the Trey

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Aiyana Whitney.

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Nittany Lions 2014 National Championship

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Penn State University

Congratulations to our dear heart Aiyana

as you enter your senior year at Penn State.

Your academic and athletic success has

helped you see the world. We are so grateful

our world has brought us you.


The Whitney Family

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7/10/2015 7:10:40 AM


Recognizes Christine Nevin for her work

on behalf of the Trey Whitfield Foundation

and for exemplifying our corporate values.

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TWS 2011

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TWS 2013

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The partnership continues ...

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to Brewster Academy’s Class of 2019

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To our Wonderful and Amazing Daughter and Sister

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Congratulations for receiving the prestigious

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We are so proud of you!

The Hazelton Family














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We especially recognize the talents and accomplishments of our

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Trey Whitfield Foundation Academic

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May you continue to find success

in whatever you set out to do!

Remembering That…

“Excellence Is Not An Act But A Habit!”

Your Loving Family,

To Our Grandson & Nephew

Congratulations On Your Award

and Good Luck In All Your

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Panthea G. Bell* (Aunt)

Elston H., Sr. & Michelle Bell

Evan J. Bell

Elisha H. Bell

Kaieisha N. McDonald

Dondre B. Bell

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May GOD Continue To Give You

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Blessings In All Your Endeavors!


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From the






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Melinda Murray

Founder & President

Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation

Rev. James J.Maher C.M., D.Min.


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Congratulations To

2015 Trey Whitfield Foundation Honorees

Rev. James J. Maher


Melinda Murray

Well Deserved!

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Congratulations to 2015 Trey Whitfield Foundation Honoree

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The Trey Whitfield Foundation

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This Is Just The Beginning Of Your Future Endeavors!

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all of the 2015

Trey Whitfield Honorees


Congratulates Trey Whitfield Foundation, Inc.

on 23 successful years as well as tonight’s

Academic and Adult honorees!

Elston Bell, Jr.

Brooklyn, NY

Juliauna Fernandez Dunlop

Intervale, NH

Darius Lamar Griffin

Hamden, CT

Alexis Michelle Huntley

Mobile, AL

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes


NAACP New York State Conference

Bruce Harper

All Time Kick Returner, New York Jets

Vy Higginsen

Founder, Creator & Executive Director,

MAMA Foundation for the Arts

Walter “Wali” Jones


Philadelphia 76er’s & Miami Heat

Academic Honorees

Emily Hazelton

East Williston, NY

Alexander Hutchins

New Canaan, CT

Millisa Keith

Orlando, FL

Adult Honorees

Rev. James J. Maher

President, Niagara University

Melinda Murray

President, Dominic A. Murray 21

Memorial Foundation

Karl Nelson

Offensive Tackle, New York Giants &

Super Bowl Champion

Christine Nevin

Director, Business & Media Relations,

ConEdison Solutions

Candace Janae Laster

Huntington, NY

Grace Li

New York, NY

Clifford William Terrell II

Dover, DE

Alexander Francis Williams

Brooklyn, NY

Pettis Norman

Tight End, Dallas Cowboys

Diana Reyna

Deputy Brooklyn Borough President

Anne Roome


Johnnie Walton


St. Louis Rams & Philadelphia Eagles



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