Favorite Father of the Mid-south Awards


MARCH 09, 2019

“Award recognizes stellar achievement and community service among African-American fathers in the Mid-South.”

Memphis, TN (March 9, 2019)—The Hope Center at Grace, Aspera Inc. and partners will host its 6th Favorite Fathers Celebration Breakfast on Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at The Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood, Memphis, Tennessee. The annual event will generally celebrate men who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service as a father/mentor.

“Fatherhood is a journey without a finish line. We try our best to prevent harm or injury to the next generation,” said Oliver Williams, executive director of the Hope Center at Grace. “Men can join the effort to ensure success no matter the opponent. Families today are diverse. Single, married, blended and all will develop to increase capacity. Fatherhood has no shelf life.”

Favorite Fathers of the Mid-South is a Fatherhood promotion to encourage responsible fatherhood in 5 categories, (see page 2.). This is a charity awareness builder to support the current programs of the Hope Center @ Grace in partnership with Aspera, Inc., Sigma Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, and partners.

The promotion has five category winners and one of the winners will be the crowned “2019 Father of the Year.” Honorees are selected based upon the following criteria: Father, mentor, coach, or any positive role model whose contributions encourage others and active in community service or parental involvement. One of the category winners will be the crowned “2019 Father of the Year.” Congratulations to honorees; Randy Irving, Lloyd Stovall, John Green, Carlton McClelland, Christopher Taylor, Dameon Banks, Keelon Lawson and Reginald Clark.

In operation for twelve years, the Hope Center at Grace is located in North Memphis community. It is one of few entities of its kind offering services to the communities to strengthen the family unit. The Hope Center at Grace website is located at www.hc-grace.org.

Participants are to be nominated for demonstrating responsible Fathering in one of five protective factors of the Strengthening Families approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.

Category 1
Favorite Single Father: He who can manage to bounce back from all types of challenges that emerge in every family’s life. It means he resiliently finds ways to solve problems, building and sustaining trusting relationships with his children, and knowing how to seek help when necessary.

Category 2
Favorite Father at the Church: This father is part of the village. He is a friend, family member, Pastor, Deacon, Laymen and/or community member who provides emotional support, helps solve problems, offer advice and gives concrete assistance to children.

Category 3
Favorite Father on and off the Field: This is the “Coach” or father-figure who has coached or is coaching you to persevere through life’s adversity. When in a jam, this figure will walk with you until you reach the goal.

Category 4
Favorite Father of the Family: This is a biological, step-father, grandfather, Uncle, Brother or one stepping in to ensure the success of the family. He is one who has and will sacrifice to ensure development.

Category 5
Favorite Father at the School: is a man who has displayed the ability to interact positively with children and others, advocates self-regulation of their behavior and effectively communicates to achieve a desired result.