Skip Vaughan et al

From left, gathering at the Atlanta Metropolitan College Foundation recent Celebration of Leadership Awards, are foundation chair Skip Vaughan, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager Roosevelt Council Jr., hospitality entrepreneur and philanthropist Yvonne Johnson Thompson, college president Gary McGaha, Ph.D., retired U.S. Secret Service special agent in charge Reginald “Ray” Moore and Chapel of Christian Love Baptist Church founder the Rev. J. Allen Milner Sr., D. Min. / Special Photo

Atlanta Metropolitan College Foundation, Inc. recently raised more than $165,000 for need-based aid at its annual fundraiser.

The 2017 Celebration of Leadership Awards, in its sixth year, honored community trailblazers and highlights student success.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners and the greater Atlanta community for recognizing the need of our students and stepping into the gap to help these students continue on their path to success,” college foundation chair Skip Vaughan, an executive at Pepsi Beverages Co., said in a statement. “(The college) is filled with brilliant students who fight every day to make their dreams come true. I am delighted that we can help them on their journey.”

The awards honor outstanding corporate, community and religious leaders who use their visionary leadership to improve metro Atlanta, the state, the nation and beyond, according to a news release.

This year’s honorees were Roosevelt Council Jr., airport general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; the Rev. J. Allen Milner Sr., D. Min., founder and senior pastor of Chapel of Christian Love Baptist Church; Reginald “Ray” Moore, retired special agent in charge, U.S. Secret Service; and Yvonne Johnson Thomas, a hospitality entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“Service to others does not come without sacrifices, and we are extremely grateful for the exceptional leadership the honorees and their families consistently provide to the Atlanta community and Atlanta Metropolitan State College,” college president Gary McGaha, Ph.D., said in a statement.

Need-based scholarships at the college are used for gap funding, the release stated, enabling graduation with grants sometimes as small as $100.

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