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This past weekend, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Durham celebrated its first Hall of Fame Gala in honor of the late Emanuel Croslan.
Emanuel Croslan was a beloved Executive Director for our Boys & Girls Club for 20 years before retiring in the early 2000's. We felt that his legacy needed to be remembered for years to come, and figured that our Hall of Fame Gala was the perfect way to do so.
Thanks to our donors, sponsors, and attendees, we reached our fund-raising goal of $50,000! We are beside ourselves with the support that has poured in over these last few months!
For our inaugural event, we inducted three alumni into our Hall of Fame who have grown up in our Club and gone on to create their own success stories:
Kelly Smoke, Contract Pharmaceutical Sales
DeWayne Washington, Retired NFL Player
Dr. Brian Johnson, Current President of Tuskegee University
Not only did these honorees share great stories about where they are today, but they let us in on where they came from; the three individuals shared memories from their time in the Club, as well as life lessons they learned from Mr. Croslan and others that stuck with them throughout the years.
We were joined by our guest emcee Sean Maroney of WNCN, and guest DJ Brian Dawson of K97.5.
While we are happy to say this event was a huge success, we could not have done it without the help of our sponsors, donors, and partners below:
|NC State Athletics||UNC Athletics||Professor David Green||Durham Performing Arts Center||Mellow Mushroom||Lilly's Pizza||Durham Distillery||Friends of The Boys & Girls Club|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Duke Athletics||Wichita State Athletics||Moe's Southwest Grill||Gonza Tacos & Tequila||Cocoa Cinnamon||Sean Maroney||Durham Bulls|
|Irene Storm & Hannah Naylor Photography||NCCU School of Law||Jon & Debbie Stonehouse||A+ Test Prep||Mark Properties||Silltrist||Durham County Manager's Office||Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Johnson|
|Durham Association of Realtors||Grizzard||Durham City Office||NCCU Chancellors Office||Martha Bick & Co||Mr. Jim Duncan||DJ Brian Dawson||The Harris Family|