Citation Award Dinner History

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Honorees

2018

In 2018, we celebrated community icons Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. and Mary Lou Blakeney.

 

Joe M. Bryan, Jr.

Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. is a philanthropic powerhouse known for quietly supporting good causes from behind the scenes. For more than 50 years, he has enriched the Triad through his extraordinary generosity to the arts and higher education and his commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone in our community. Believing that education is the key to creating the kind of society in which we all wish to live, Bryan has been a great friend to many universities and schools in the area.

Over more than 40 years as a Guilford College trustee, his leadership and guidance have been central to advancing the policies and practices to shape the already socially-conscious campus into a beacon of diversity and inclusion. Notably, he also established the college’s Bryan Series, which has exposed the Triad community to a diverse slate of internationally renowned speakers for two decades.

Bryan’s work in the arts has helped make the arts accessible to everyone, from creating public spaces such as the Price/Bryan Performance Place at Festival Park to ensuring that generous scholarships exist to give all young musicians the chance to develop their talents through the Eastern Music Festival. He supports a wide array of arts organizations, including ArtsGreensboro, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, the Greensboro Symphony, and Triad Stage. Bryan’s philanthropic work illustrates his deep commitment to expanding opportunities and improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable and marginalized citizens. Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, Guilford Green Foundation, Triad Health Project, the Medical Foundation of UNC, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad and the YMCA are some of many community organizations that have benefited from Bryan’s generous and often transformative support over the years.

Bryan is the recipient of numerous awards, including Guilford College’s Distinguished Service Award, the O. Henry Award from Arts Greensboro, the Charles Duncan McIver Award from UNCG, and the North Carolina Award for Public Service, which is the highest civilian honor given by our state.

 

Mary Lou Blakeney

Mary Lou Blakeney is a beloved champion of Civil Rights and youth leadership in High Point. At age 15, Blakeney teamed up with a group of other teens from William-Penn and High Point (now Central) High Schools and became the first high school students in the nation to stage their own Civil Rights activities. Inspired by the Greensboro sit-ins launched days earlier, they staged sit-ins at the Woolworth’s in High Point on February 11, 1960 to integrate that store’s lunch counter.

Blakeney’s role as a youth leader sparked a lifelong commitment to public service. She continued working to advance Civil Rights and equality, even while pursuing a career as a registered nurse. Blakeney has enjoyed a celebrated civic career in High Point, where she’s known for her commitment to youth leadership and advocating for some of the community’s most vulnerable citizens. She mentors young people, sharing the story of the 1960 sit-ins and the long struggle for Civil Rights, and was instrumental in saving and restoring William Penn High School (now Penn-Griffin School for the Arts). In 2008, she was elected to the High Point City Council.

Blakeney has worked closely with many organizations, including the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, Community Clinic of High Point, the Macedonia Family Resource Center, and the Guilford County Commission on Aging. Her service to our community has been recognized by many awards, notably the High Point Housing Authority’s Pillar of Fame Award, McDonald’s Rhythms of Triumph Community Award of Excellence, and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s Sit-In Heroine Award.


Joe M. Bryan, Jr. Tribute Video


Mary Lou Blakeney Tribute Video

View tribute videos from previous years on our YouTube Channel.

Past Honorees

2018
Joe M. Bryan, Jr.
Mary Lou Blakeney

2017
Dr. Thomas S. Haggai
Julie Peeples

2016
Sally and Bob Cone
Marsha and Jack Slane

2015
Margaret B. Arbuckle
Robert “Bob” J. Brown

2014
Tobee and Leonard Kaplan

2013
Sandra Daye Hughes

2012
Zaki Uddin Khalifa
Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.

2011
Dennis W. Quaintance

2010
Jim Melvin
James F. “Jim” Morgan

2009
Rabbi Fred Guttman
Rev. Dr. Mark R. Sills

2008
Dorothy “Dot” Kendall Kearns

2007
Claudette Burroughs-White
Bob Page

2006
Sally and Alan Cone

2005
Henry Isaacson

2004
Ralph Shelton

2003
Carole Bruce

2002
James S. Belk

2001
Dr. James E. Hull

2001
Dr. James E. Hull

2001
Dr. Otis E. Tillman

2000
H. Michael Weaver

1999
Shirley and Alex Spears

1998
Dr. George C. Simkins, Jr.

1997
Henry G. Carrison III

1996
Barbara and Herman Cone, Jr.

1995
Victor M. Nussbaum

1994
Joseph L. Berry

1993
Michael B. Fleming

1992
Cynthia E. Doyle

1992
Joanne K. Bluethenthal

1991
Henry and Shirley Frye

1990
McNeill and Louise Smith

1989
Lee Kinard

1988
Dr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Smith

1987
Robert B. Jamieson

1987
Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum

1986
Arnold A. Schiffman

1985
Eugene A. Gordon

1984
Jane M. Armfield

1983
Rev. Otis L. Hairston, Sr.

1982
Dr. Joseph B. Mullin

1981
Sidney F. LeBauer, M. D.

1980
James S. Ferguson

1979
William D. Snider

1978
D. E. Hudgins

1977
Dr. John A. Redhead, Jr.

1976
Elreta Alexander-Ralston

1975
Charles W. Phillips

1974
Stanley Frank

1973
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Bryan, Sr.

1972
Albert S. Lineberry, Sr.

1971
L. Richardson Preyer

1970
Edward R. Zane, Jr.

1968
Ceasar Cone

1967
John R. Taylor

1965
Dr. Clyde Milner

1964
Herbert S. Falk

Past Dinner Chairs

2018
Duane & Madeleine Dassow and Vanessa Haygood Vernon Stringer

2017
Bev and Odell Cleveland

2016
Ron and Victoria Milstein

2015
Mark and Ursula Dudley Oglesby

2014
Jayne and Don Cameron

2013
Al and Ginni Lineberry

2012
Emily and Ed Kitchen

2011
Carolynn and Tim Rice

2010
Shirley and Henry Frye

2009
Carole and Dick Bruce

2008
Eleanor and Steve Mosh

2007
Tamara and Jim Slaughter

2006
Terry and Rick Stone

2005
Pat and Pete Cross

2004
Frank and Nancy Brenner

2003
Dr. Aldona Wos

2002
Marc Isaacson and Jill Wilson

2001
Ralph K. Shelton

2000
Van and Jean King

1999
Kathy Manning & Randall Kaplan

1998
Linda & Tom Sloan

1997
Kay and Chip Hagan

1996
Sue Cole

1995
Tex Williams

1994
Shirley T. Frye

1993
Mr. & Mrs. Hayes D. Clement, Jr.

1992
Ann R. Lineweaver

1991
Alexander W. Spears, III

1990
Priscilla Patterson Taylor

1989
J. Douglas Galyon

1988
Anita C. Schenck

1987
H. Allen Andrew

1986
Barbara &  Herman Cone, Jr.

1985
H. Michael Weaver

1984
Robert C. Eubanks, Jr.

1983
Richard I. Backer

1982
John R. Belfi

1981
Richard T. Howard

1980
Sam R. Sloan

1979
Paul W. Stephanz

1978
Charles A. Saldarini

1977
George E. Norman, Jr.

1976
Robert A. Kraay

1975
John B. Hatfield

1974
Charles Reid

1973
Stanley Frank

1972
Marion G. Follin

1971
Howard Holderness

1970
Nat P. Hayes

1968
Wilbur L. Carter, Jr.

1965
Albert Lineberry, John Hunnemann & Herbert Falk Jr., co chairs

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