The Jacksonville Urban League’s (JUL) 70th Anniversary Gala black-tie event was held this past weekend at the Jacksonville Public Main Library with more than 300 in attendance.
The diverse community supporters, elected officials and community trustees. The festive atmosphere was the perfect environment for the presentation of the JUL Equal Opportunity Awards (EOA) and the celebration for 70 years of service to the Jacksonville community. Dr. Richard Danford, Jr., CEO and President of Jacksonville Urban League, presented the JUL’s 2018 EOA’s to five deserving recipients. EOA recipients have demonstrated a commitment to the Jacksonville community. This year the Urban League added a new category, the Women of Power Award. The JUL EOA categories and recipients were: Women of Power Awardees: Honorable Anna Lopez Brosche and the Honorable Paula D. Wright; Clanzel T. Brown Humanitarian Award: Hallie Williams-Bey and Reginald M. Lawrence; Whitney M. Young National Leadership Award: Damien Haitsuka, President of the Northeast Florida Region of Wells Fargo Bank.
After awards were presented, Grammy-Award winning singer Regina Belle mesmerized everyone in attendance with her luminous vocals, adding excitement to the already festive atmosphere. Ms. Belle musical talents serenaded the audience with melodies celebrating the JUL’s 70 years of service.