in honor of local gay community leader Don King and sponsored by the
Charlotte Business Guild, the Don King Award originated with the organizing
committee of the 1993 Charlotte Pride Committee. The award is to acknowledge
the service and commitment to community and individual visibility that
Don King has consistently shown over the years. The award is to give
public recognition to leaders in the Charlotte LGBT community.
The 2006 Charlotte Business Guild/Don King Community Service Awards will
be presented to a male and female contributor and to a business, based
on nominations submitted to and reviewed by the Charlotte Business Guild’s
Board of Directors. Members of the Charlotte community are encouraged to
submit nominations to the selection committee by June 30.
Nominations are welcome from any individual or organization. The nominee
should be from the Charlotte area, working on a regular basis to achieve
progress and/or visibility on behalf of all LGBT people. The award is usually
presented to someone or a business who has contributed five or more years
to projects in the community.
Nominations should be submitted via U.S. mail or email to: Bert Woodard,
Charlotte Business Guild Board Member, P.O. Box 222131, Charlotte, NC 28222.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations should include a
narrative explaining why you think this person or business should receive
the award and examples of some of the work this person or business has
performed in service to the Charlotte LGBT community. Nominations are due
by June 30.
1993: Don King; 1994: David Ferebee; 1995: Sue Henry, Dan Kirsch; 1996:
Sue DuChanois, John Quillin; 1997: Kimberly Melton and Randy Votsch; 1998:
Diana Travis and Founders of the Charlotte Gay & Lesbian Film Series;
1999: David Lari, Connie Vetter; 2000: Billie Rose, Phil Wells; 2001: Tonda
Taylor, Jeff Schmehl; 2002: Alan Rosenberg, Susan Shackelford; 2003: No
award given; 2004: Rev. Tonyia Rawls, Tom Warshauer; 2005: Linda Breen,
Shane Windmeyer, Q-Notes Newspaper.