Celebrating excellence at annual Black History Month Brunch

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Grand Blanc Township (WJRT) - (2/11/17) - It's a yearly tradition honoring those serving the community. The annual Black History Month Brunch was held Saturday at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center.

The 16th annual event welcomed in some new entertainment and gave lots of laughs and love.

"We're honored that we can do this and recognize our community members for the difference they make in the community. That's maybe not the roll of every library but we're honored and privileged to do that.," said Genesee District Library Director, David Conklin.

The band Serieux put on a show with some classic Motown tunes while comedienne Crystal P. dazzled the audience with a series of lively jokes. This was the first year the brunch hosted a comedy show as part of the entertainment.

"Well this year we have a committee now, so we have people from the community, former honorees, board members, staff, all get together and help us pull this thing together," said Conklin. "And, we're ahead of the game this year for next year. We're already securing talent and looking at how we're going to work things out next year," he continued.

Honorees Sheila Miller-Graham, Yvonne Penton, Reggie Smith, Charles Winfrey, and Rhetta Hunyady demonstrated what true excellence means, giving inspiring and thoughtful speeches.

ABC12's Matt Franklin emceed the event. Several sponsors showed support through generous contributions, including Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt and Sylvia Keys, WDZZ-FM 92.7, ABC12, GDL Foundation, and Genesee Health System.

The brunch supports GDL's annual Summer Reading Challenge. You can learn more about that by clicking on the related link.

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