The 12th annual Ford Neighborhood Awards were last weekend, August 8-10, in Atlanta. The awards seek to recognize people and businesses that make a difference in their community.
Award categories included Best High School Coach, Nail Salon, School Teacher, Car Wash/Detail Shop, Church Choir, Soul Food Place, Barber Shop, High School, Barbecue Place, Beauty Salon, Church, and Community Leader.
These people/businesses were nominated by their peers, and four finalists were selected in each category. Voting was then opened to the public to select the winner in each category.
A star-studded cast of celebrities presented the awards, and the event was hosted by Steve Harvey, comedian and host of the popular TV show Family Feud.
As the title sponsor of the awards, Ford gave the winner for Best Community Leader $30,000 to donate to his charity of choice. The winner was Stan Richards of Washington, DC.
“The Ford Neighborhood Awards continues to represent a mainstay within the African American community,” said Shawn Thompson, manager of Ford multicultural marketing. “Each year this show gets bigger, and Ford is excited to be able to present the Community Leader of the Year Award recipient with a check for $30,000 to ultimately give back to the local community.”
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