The fourth annual Vision Awards Banquet which honored several community leaders took place Friday, March 14 at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, New Jersey. Mrs. Eartha Holland, the founder, was inspired to create this ceremony after she was called to do the invocation at an event at the University of Pennsylvania which honored those making an impact in their community. PHL 17’s Ashley Johnson served as the mistress of ceremonies for the evening.
This year’s ceremony honored Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Freeholder Adam Taliaferro, Mayor of the Township of Berlin Phyllis Magazzu, University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Walter Palmer and Pastor James Dunkin. Commissioner Ayers, who is set to retire from a long tenure with the fire department, said his faith in God was vital to him serving the City of Philadelphia. Dr. Walter Palmer is the founder and director of The Palmer Foundation which supports under-served youth through its leadership preparatory academy and advocates for education reform. Dr. Palmer emphasized that his journey “Wasn’t easy.”
The evening also honored two courage award recipients: Adrianne Holland and Devon Dredden. Their testimonies about dealing with life threatening diseases brought many to tears.
Proceeds from the banquet support the Emerald Vision Community Development Corporation, headed by Rev. George E. Holland, Pastor of the Green Grove Baptist Church where they award an annual $10,000 scholarship, provide financial support for their food bank and send lifesaving supplies and monies to their adopted schools and churches in Kenya, Africa.
By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3