BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Tougaloo College and United Negro College Fund hosted a scholarship luncheon to recognize community leaders Thursday.
The forum served as an information exchange among leaders, and also provided an opportunity for the college to recognize these individuals who committed time, talent, and resources to help advance education and the college's mission.
Six members of the Gulf Coast Community were honored for their leadership in business, government, education, and public service. Honorees include Johnny Atherton, Vice President of Corporate Services and Community Relations, Mississippi Power; Francis Fredericks, Former State House of Representatives, District 119; Jeremiah "Jerry" O'keefe, war veteran, humanitarian, philanthropist; Bonita Coleman-Potter, superintendent, Ocean Springs School District; George P. Corchis, Jr., President, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and Karen Sock, executive and entrepreneur.
The luncheon served as a platform to introduce the college to the coast.
"We wanted to honor some really exceptional people here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, who have a connection to Tougaloo College,
who do so much in so many different ways to make our local communities and our state and our nation and a better world," said Beverly Wade Hogan, Tougaloo College President.
The luncheon was at the Beau Rivage.