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    The Living the Dream and A Tribute to Motown event held at the New World Landing on Saturday January 18th as a

    part of the Dr. Martin Luther King 2014 Birthday Celebration was a huge success on several levels. The second year

    for this new Pensacola event, which benefits the Southern Youth Sports Association (SYSA), is fast becoming the

    most popular private business response to celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. The crowd was very racially and

    professionally diverse including Mayor Aston Hayward, the Chief of Police, Attorney Fred Levin, local pastors and

    ministers, youth football league coaches, local attorneys, non-profit leaders, and many county-wide community

    activists. The Motown Tribute Band played a litany of Motown hits and 1960s music that had everyone on the dance

    floor including Mayor Hayward dancing with Mary May, Commissioner Mays mother.

    Complementing the MLK Celebration Commissions theme of Live the Dream and Work the Vision awards was

    presented to seven honorees that have blazed the trail of civic engagement by giving back to communities in need

    through their professional skills and abilities. The honorees were:

    Gloria Clay, Job Development Counselor, Escambia County Community Affairs, Founder of Women Telling Their

    Business Forum, Former President and Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

    Shirley Cronley, Summit Bank Board of Directors Member, Community Activist and Retired Hotelier, Former

    Pensacola Sports Association Executive Director, Tourism Development Council Vice Chairman, Escambia County

    Board of Commission appointee.

    Grover Fields, Founder and Executive Director, Senior Server Administrator of HBCU Information Network

    (HBCUIn), Microsoft Certified IT Professional and Senior Server Administrator, Abacus Technology Corporation,

    Kennedy Space Center, Local and Statewide Philanthropist.

    Dr. Tara Gonzales, Board Certified Pediatrician,18-year Clinical Practitioner, Medical Science Directors,

  • MedImmune, LLC, Former Assistant Medical Director of Childrens Medical Services, Pensacola, Associate Professor

    of Pediatrics, Florida State University College of Medicine

    Cecily McLeod, Commercial Litigation & Construction Associate, Gordon & Rees, LLP, Atlanta, Contract

    Compliance Officer, City of Atlanta (position appointed by Mayors Office), Co-Chair, National Moot Court

    Competition, Region V, Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia

    Rick Outzen, Publisher & Owner, The Independent News, Publisher & Writer,, Contributor, The Daily


    Sue Straughn, News Anchor & Senior Editor, WEAR-TV, Founder/Organizer, Communities Caring at Christmas

    Campaign, Producer & Host, Straughn & Company Public Affairs Program, Community Activist.

    Dr. Karl Lewis, a Pensacola native based in Sarasota, Florida, came up with the idea for the event following the 2012

    election of County Commissioner Lumon May. They both felt that there needed to be additional events to try to do

    something to get rid of this racial divide in Pensacola and Escambia County. In a passionate interview with The

    Pensacola Voice, Dr. Lewis stated that many have sacrificed their lives for him to achieve what he has accomplished

    and in his travels he has experienced many events that bring people of diverse backgrounds together and he and

    Commissioner May wanted to bring that spirit of community celebration to a local MLK social event. Commissioner

    May considers Dr. Lewis as one of his mentees that shares his vision of actively pursuing the dream of Dr. King by

    honoring those community leaders who give back to persons and communities in need. May made the statement

    that, It is time for our community to put the car in drive and look through the front windshield to see where we need to

    go, rather than always looking into the rear view mirror!

    The event was sponsored by Quint Studer, Levin-Papantonio Law Firm, Vinyl Music Hall, Lewis Bear, Edward Jones

    Investors, Dr. Karl Lewis-Comfort Dental, and Commissioner Lumon May.


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