And The Winner is …
Metro Atlanta: Celebs To Honor Everyday People Nominated As Neighborhood Award Recipients
D. Aileen Dodd | 8/11/2014, 12:07 p.m.
Nine metro Atlanta residents will receive star treatment as they compete for the “Oscar” of community and customer service, a 2014 Neighborhood Award.
The 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena. The competition puts the spotlight on everyday people – community leaders, teachers, coaches, churches and entrepreneurs who make an impact in their communities. Nominees are solicited in 12 categories. Finalists are honored in true Oscar fashion complete with celebrity guests announcing the winners and live entertainment.
Some of the celebs presenting awards this year include actors Shemar Moore, Holly Robinson Pete, Keke Palmer and Hill Harper. Grammy award-winners Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, India.Arie will sing live. The ceremony will be co-hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, host of BET’s “Weekly with Ed Gordon” show.
Like the Oscars, Neighborhood Award winners will make acceptance speeches and receive a trophy. The Community Leader of the Year award recipient will also take home a $30,000 charitable contribution from Ford.
“There is a magical quality in it,” David Camacho, an executive in charge of the production for the 2014 Neighborhood Awards weekend said of the ceremony. “People come with all of this excitement about being honored. For many of them, it’s their first time being recognized for the work they do in their community. There is a lot of pomp and circumstance. It’s a big deal.”
The finalists below were nominated by Steve Harvey Morning Show listeners and will be contenders for Neighborhood Awards on Saturday. Tens of thousands of voters cast votes online for their favorites.
Best High School Coach - James Hartry, Tucker High School, 5036 Lavista Road, Tucker. Hartry, a DeKalb County Schools teacher since 1991, is the head coach of the tennis, softball and boys basketball teams at Tucker. He led the basketball team to the final four eight consecutive times and won the championship title in 2007.
Best Nail Salon - Tu La 2 Nail Salon, 375 Pharr Road, NE Tu La 2 is an environmentally conscious Buckhead salon offering clients a spa experience in a soothing boutique atmosphere. Services include all-natural nail care, sugaring, waxing, massage therapy, and brow design. The salon is owned by twin sisters, Sabrina Rowe and Sharlinda Rowe-Parker. The sisters have been in business for 20 years. They pamper professionals, home-makers and high-end clients including celebs Usher and Queen Latifah.
Best School Teacher - Latoya Jenkins, Grove Park Elementary, 20 Evelyn Way NW, Atlanta. Jenkins is an accomplished teacher serving gifted and talented students at Grove Park. She is an 18-year veteran educator at Atlanta Public schools who has created workshops, directed summer camps, and has exposed students to travel for academic and cultural enrichment. She has led and accompanied youth groups traveling to Paris, London, Rome, Egypt, Ghana and Canada. She is also launching a nonprofit.
Best Church Choir - Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral Choir, 212 Riverside Parkway, Austell. This gospel-recording mass choir has 200 members singing under the direction of Nina Bronner, wife of Bishop Dale Bronner Sr. The choir has received several accolades including the Gospel Choice Award for Best Choir.