The Tom Black Compassionate Service Award Dinner

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Photos by Lucas Ely

THE EVENT: The Tom Black Compassionate Service Award Dinner was held on October 2nd at the St. Luke Ministry Center.

THE PURPOSE: Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP) is an organization of churches in the Columbus area that have come together to help local homeless families in finding jobs, shelter, and an overall sense of wellbeing. VIP is unique in their mission to keep homeless family units together.

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Following a silent auction was a three-course dinner while a variety of people delivered short speeches. Among the speakers were a VIP alumna, Towanna Duncan; the chairman of VIP, Chris Scoggins; and the recipient of the night’s big award: the Tom Black award was given to Reverend Neil Richardson for his outstanding work in making our city a better place.