August 23, 2011

Grambling State University Announce Port City Gala Beacon Award Honorees

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University held a press conference Monday morning to announce their first Beacon Award honorees. The honorees will be recognized at the Port City Gala to be held on Friday evening, September 2 at the Shreveport Convention Center at 7:00 p.m. The Beacon Award will be presented to individuals and organizations that are committed to good character and upholding high ethical standards. In addition to being dedicated to philanthropy and humanitarianism, the honoree has excelled by making uniquely substantial contributions to society and/or Grambling State University in their nominated category.

The following persons, companies, and organizations will be the first to receive the university’s highest non-academic award of honor: Athletics: Mr. Willie D. Davis, President and CEO, All Pro Broadcasting, Inc.; Business and Industry: Small Business – Briggs Field Services (Mr. Kerry J. Briggs, CEO), Large Business – Griggs Enterprises (Mr. Roy Griggs, President), Individual – Mr. Jim K. Elrod, President/CEO, Willis-Knighton Health Systems; Community Service: Individual: Attorney Christian C. Creed, Organization – Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Foundation; Community Development/Civil Rights: Dr. Charles T. Beaird (Posthumous), Rev.Dr. Ernest Edward Jones, Sr., Pastor, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church; Education: Mr. James Henderson, Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College, and Public Service: U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu.

“The Grambling State University family is excited about another opportunity to take over the City of Shreveport. Port City Classic is a tradition but the addition of the gala preceding the game is another opportunity to bring Gramblinites together in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. I want to thank Mayor Glover and the other elected officials for their hospitality and continued support. Mrs. Helen Godfrey-Smith for chairing the gala and the recipients of the awards for accepting and being recognized for what they are doing for our community and nation.

Our primary goal is to continue to reach out to surrounding and national communities and bring people together to celebrate the history and success of Grambling State University,” says Dr. Frank Pogue, President of Grambling State University.

Dr. Ken Eke, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement states, “The University is most pleased with the caliber of Beacon Award nominations it received and is especially pleased with the slate of recipients for the inaugural Beacon Awards. The 2011 Beacon Award winners definitely established a high bar for succeeding nominees to reach. We look forward to the Port City Gala where the awards will be bestowed on the recipients, and to next year’s slate of nominations.”

“This year’s inaugural Port City Classic Gala is extra special…it is the kickoff to an exciting weekend of music, networking and great football. The gala is designed as a way to help support bringing the Port City Classic game to Shreveport. It encourages attendance at the game and it helps to build stronger relationships between Grambling State University and the regional Northwest Louisiana Business Community,” states Mrs. Helen Godfrey Smith, President/CEO of Shreveport Federal Credit union.

For more information on the Port City Gala and ticket information contact Mrs. Rose Wright at 318-274-2217.

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