The African American Cultural Association honored 11 members at its December 10 gala.
According to an AACS news release, seven AACS members received the Distinguished Service Award and four received the Long Service Award.
The awards ceremony has resumed after being interrupted by COVID-19.
Distinguished award recipients have been members of the organization for at least five years, have made significant contributions to the organization in leadership positions, have saved or raised funds, and/or have benefited from their services. must have had an impact.
This year’s meritorious recipients were Kurt Bottoms, Imani Kinshasa, Victor Krause, Joseph Matthews, Melinda Morais, Robert Whiting and Janice Williams.
The seven join 53 others who have received Lifetime Achievement Awards since the program began in 1997.
Long-time workers are those who have received the Distinguished Service Award in the past, and who have continued to demonstrate their skills for five years or more after receiving the Distinguished Service Award.
This year’s Long Service Award recipients were Richard Burns, Edmund Pinto Jr., William Seaney, and Gene Tanner.
Since the program began in 2013, six long-term volunteers have received the award so far, according to a news release.
Winners received a trophy, a Christmas ornament with the AACS logo, and a congratulatory letter from AACS 30th Anniversary Guest Speaker, Senator Barbara Lee.