2007 TORCH AWARDS
Legacy Ladies “Give Back” $100,000+ At the Torch Awards
The Third Annual Torch Awards proved to be a time of remembering the sacrifices and commitments of this year’s honorees. The Legacy Ladies honored legends: John Williams, Dr. Norman Francis, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore and The Little Rock Nine – Ernest green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta LaNier, Dr. Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, Minnie Jean Brown Trickey, Thelma Mothershed Wair, Melba Patilo Beals and Elizabeth Eckford. The Legacy Ladies also doubled their contributions from last year by “giving back” over $100,000 to the community. The organization’s goal is to increase their contributions by ten percent each year, but this year they exceeded their goal due to the support of their corporate sponsors: United Parcel Service, Walt Disney Company, Bank of America, Advance Family Care, The Castillo Charitable Foundation, KNBC-TV4, The Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Foundation, Sempra Energy, Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Union Bank, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, and the hard work of the members.
True to their mission of empowering communities and families through education, the members presented scholarships to Universal College of Beauty and to four graduating seniors at Crenshaw High School (Legacy Ladies’ Adopt-A-School) in the aggregate of $22,000. Ms. Sheilah Saunders, Principal of Crenshaw High School, also accepted a check for $32,000 for a mobile learning lab, to establish the Legacy Ladies Technology Center at Crenshaw High School. The organization also established a scholarship fund of $20,000 at Xavier University to be used for any qualified Crenshaw High School senior applying to the university. The Little Rock Nine Foundation also received $5,000 to support their efforts in providing direct financial support and a mentorship program for students to help them reach their educational goals.
Each year Legacy Ladies selects a family who would benefit from the expertise, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the organization through their flagship program, Adopt-A-Family. For 2007-2008, the organization has adopted Brittany Bates, a visually impaired graduating senior, and her family. Legacy Ladies proudly accepted the challenge to meet her needs and presented Brittany with a $20,000 trust fund, a wardrobe for work, and a cruise for she and her family. The organization will also purchase a $15,000 computer designed specifically for the visually impaired to give her the freedom she needs to communicate and continue her higher level educational aspirations. Once Brittany graduates from high school, the organization has acquired an independent living program for Brittany and a job to help her make the transition into the next phase of her life.