Evansville, Ind. - Lloyd Winnecke presented the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards at the annual Human Relations Commission Dinner last night at The Center. The recipients are as follows:
• Workforce Diversity Award – Fifth Third Bank
Awarded to a business or organization that has been successful in achieving a diverse workforce.
• Development (Willie Effie Thomas Award) – Drs. Ira and Jacquie Neal
Awarded to an individual who has successfully implemented diversity education and communication in an organization, business or the community.
• Community Relations (Sue Woodson Award) – WEOA – Ed Lander
Awarded to an individual, business or organization that has achieved exceptional success in developing diversity activities which encourage and support success in the area of community relations.
• Leadership Award – Evansville Habitat for Humanity and Vectren Corporation
Awarded to a business or organization that has developed supportive diversity strategies throughout a business, organization or community.
• Sadelle Berger Award – Phil Hoy
This top award honors the tireless work of a community advocate that promotes fairness, inclusion, and respect for all in the community, and has made a significant impact. This award goes to an individual, organization or business.
The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Advisory Board on Disability Services recognized Ivan Carvajal and Janet Rodriguez, Owners of McDonald’s on Mt. Pleasant Road and present the Employer of Distinction Award for their outstanding achievements in enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African American Males recognized Gregory A. Black at the dinner for his contribution to Bring Your “A” Game.
The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission provides administrative support to the Advisory Board on Disability Services and the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African American Males.
The dinner featured keynote speaker Diane Nash, a Chicago native who became one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. Nash’s work has been cited in numerous books, documentaries, magazines and newspaper articles, and she has appeared on such TV shows and films as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Spike Lee’s Four Little Girls, and PBS’s Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965.