Ebony Lifeline plans banquet for Hall of Fame induction


Members of Ebony Lifeline Support Group, a self-help organization for minorities, are promoting the 16th annual All Sports Banquet Oct. 19. From left seated are William Allen and Robert Thomas, a founder of the group with Luther Stubbs; and standing are Francis Prayor-Singleton, left, Jackie Martin and Pat Traylor.

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Ebony Lifeline Support Group, a self-help organization for minorities, will sponsor its 16th annual All Sports Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church social hall, 343 Via Mount Carmel.

Dinner will be at 7 followed by introduction of inductees into the Ebony Lifeline Hall of Fame. Pastor Tarone Claybrook will serve as master of ceremonies. Guest speaker will be Ernest Brown Jr., a regional editor at The Vindicator.

This year’s inductees are Arthur Beck, football; Robert Byrd, golf; Brian Jones, coach; Terry Latimore, bowling; Mary Lou Reyes, community service; Buddy Smallwood, basketball; Lou Tabor Jr., basketball and football; Judy Wynn, track and field; and Ray Mason, Watson McDonald, Helen Rodriguez Rivera and Kenny Smith, baseball.

The McCollough Williams Jr. Community Service Award will be presented to a junior or senior minority student from Youngstown city schools who serves the community and participates in sports.

Tickets are $30 per person and $220 for a table of eight. Contact Bob Thomas at 330-261-1825 or Pat Traylor at 330-792-0234. Those who previously were inducted into this hall of fame are invited to attend.

Ebony Lifeline also has organized a sports exhibit featuring pictures and trophies from local athletes. The exhibit is at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 648 Wick Ave.

The support group developed as a grassroots movement in 1984 through the efforts of Robert Thomas and Luther Stubbs. The goal was to provide an alternative to minorities who experienced difficulty in using established groups such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous.

Since then, the approach has expanded to four groups in the Youngstown-Warren area. Ebony Lifeline works in cooperation with area treatment facilities, employers and others. It became incorporated on July 27, 1988, and in the 1990s began outreach programs focusing on community prevention activities and targeting the youth population.

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