The 20th annual African/African-American Love Feast on Sunday will honor 15 local leaders with backgrounds in education, volunteerism, public service and business. This year's theme is "View From the Top" and the goal is to salute individuals for their community service, whether it be religious, professional, educational or somewhere in between, said organizer Dr. Deborah McMillan.
"It's being able to celebrate and appreciate individuals in the community who have contributed to various causes," she said.
Although it's been 20 years, the Love Feast never runs out of good people to honor, McMillan said.
"It's not hard because there's so many good things that people do," she said.
The event, to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Holidome in West Manchester Township, will feature African foods, fashions, hair styling, drumming and music.
For adults, tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Children 12 and younger get in for $20. Seating is filling up fast, so it's best to order tickets as soon as possible, McMillan said.
To order tickets, call Emmanuel Church of God in Christ at 854-1047. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Those interested may also call 372-8178 or 792-2375.
Those honored: The 15 honorees are as follows:
•Kathie Avery is being honored for her nine years of service with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and serving Thanksgiving dinners to the community for 16 years.
•Bennie and Jerome Carter, co-founders of the 3D Club, which stands for "Don't Do Drugs," will be honored for their educational work with youth and demonstrations against violence in York City.
•Eric Holmes, York City superintendent, is being honored for his work in local education.
•Glenda Isidore will be honored for her involvement in the ministries of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ.
•Magdi Kaldas, who is developing a community center for St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Lancaster, will be honored for his community outreach.
•Brad Livingston earned his 200th win as Central York's head football coach last year and will be honored for his work with student-athletes.
•Charlie Johnson and Leighton McMillan Jr. will be honored for creating educational and employee-training programs.
•Stephanie Pritchard, York County's first black, female mortician, will be honored for her business leadership and mission work.
•The Rev. Stephen Rambler, pastor of Heritage Pentecostal Cathedral in York City, will be honored for his local and international missions to help and educate the poor.
•Playwright Cindy Strawbridge will be honored for her literary and educational work with youth.
•Idotress Joseph, an evangelist who runs a faith-based nonprofit, is being honored for her volunteerism and international missions.
•Ten-year-old Valerie Ismay Harrigan will be honored for writing "Fortunately," a children's book about a girl's quest to buy a saxophone.
•Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, will be honored for his public service efforts with several local organizations.
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