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Eight Local Charities Benefit from 26th Annual African-American Achievers Awards

Local community and business leaders honored, Stranahan High School senior presented with scholarship to Florida State University

The 26th annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony gifted a total of $40,000 to eight charitable organizations while honoring five remarkable individuals for their contributions to the South Florida community. More than 1,000 guests attended the event, sponsored by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus.

Download photos with captions from the African-American Achievers awards ceremony, including group shots of the 2018 Achievers, and check out this video recap of the event!

“When Jim Moran created this program 26 years ago, there weren’t opportunities to show appreciation for the unsung heroes, particularly in the African-American community, who were doing incredible things and becoming role models for future generations,” said Colin Brown, chairman and CEO of JM Family. “Saying ‘thank you’ was so important to him and continues to be the driving force behind this annual event, which is one of our favorite JM Family traditions.”

In recognition of this year’s honorees and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community, JM Family contributed $10,000 in each Achiever’s name to the South Florida charity(ies) of their choice. This year’s contributions bring the total donation made to more than $600,000 on behalf of 156 individual African-American Achievers.

The 2018 African-American Achievers are: 

Arts & Culture: Cornelia ‘Corky‘ Dozier
Supporting The Miami Foundation

Business & Entrepreneurism: Traci Lynn
Supporting American Cancer Society

Community Service: Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D.
Supporting Urban League of Broward County, First Church of the Open Bible and SISTUHS

Education: Jacquelyn Haywood
Supporting Alzheimer's Association Southeast Florida Chapter, Women In Distress and the Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

“The African-American Achievers Awards is an amazing and inspiring event – to learn about the accomplishments of the honorees each year – and how they serve as role models and so enrich our communities. Women In Distress is especially proud to be among the organizations selected by Jacquelyn Haywood to receive support from JM Family Enterprises this year. It is a privilege to be part of this program that recognizes outstanding leaders and achievers,” said Mary Riedel, president and CEO, Women In Distress.

In addition, Stranahan High School’s Adrian V. Francis was the recipient of the 2018 Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever Award, which includes a four-year, needs-based scholarship to Florida State University. The Youth Achiever award, named in memory of 1995 African-American Achiever Jerome Edmund Gray, Esq., recognizes a South Florida high school senior who qualifies for financial aid and has applied and received admission to FSU.

The African-American Achievers awards, which was held on Wednesday, April 25 at the Broward County Convention Center, was hosted by Calvin Hughes, Emmy Award-winning evening newscaster for WPLG Local 10. The free event also featured musical performances by E.J.’s Company Band and the Dillard High School Drumline and soloist, Nadia Nicole Bailey. The moving invocation was delivered by Anthony Lockhart, Ed.D., 2017 Education Honoree.

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About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. was founded by automotive legend, Jim Moran in 1968. It is a privately held company with $16 billion in revenue and more than 4,200 associates. Rooted in automotive and united in its strong culture and core values, JM Family is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. As a long-term partner, it is invested in its companies, associates and its communities. Driven by exceptional performance, current subsidiaries are in the automotive, financial services and franchising industries. Its family of companies includes: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, World Omni Financial Corp. (dba Southeast Toyota Finance), JM Lexus, DataScan and Home Franchise Concepts. JM Family has earned various awards for its culture, products and services, including 23 consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.