We were thrilled to welcome more than 260 guests to our 2019 Scholar Celebration where we honored the graduates in the Class of 2019 and the recipients of the 2019 Founders’ Award—Hugh Johnson Advisors.
The Scholars were ready for excitement from the start.
Networking was lively before the main event.
Our executive director welcomed everyone.
After dinner Carol Durant, Board Secretary and emcee extraordinaire kicked off the program.
Our Founder, Charlie Buchanan, presented the Founders’ Award to Hugh Johnson Advisors.
Presenting the Class of 2019!
We heard an insightful speech from Naquan King, who shared a candid and powerful story about his time in college and beyond. He talked about the importance in coming back to your community and giving back time and investing (he pooled funds with friends to purchase real estate) in your community. He also spoke honestly about the challenges he faced as a black man in a predominantly white college and in later in his career as an IT professional. We were so proud of his courage and willingness to tell his story and share his struggle. He is on a great path!
The audience was rapt.
So much love in the room for everyone!