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Pacers Sports & Entertainment Corporate Luncheon Presented by Indiana University and Hoosier Lottery
July 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am$60
Awardees: Stephanie Mills (Lifetime Achievement Award), Lynn Whitfield (Screen Image Award), After 7 (Music Heritage Award), Gary Brackett (Senator Carolyn Mosby Above & Beyond Award) 106.7 WTLC (Reverend Charles R. Williams Excellence Award)
Time: 11:00 AM Program Begins (10:00 AM doors open)
Cost: $60 | Table $600
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Halls D & E
Sponsors: Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Indiana University, Hoosier Lottery, Eli Lilly & Company, CVS Pharmacy, Comcast, FedEx, Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis Power & Light, and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC
Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Stephanie Dorthea Mills is a Grammy award-winner, singer, songwriter and Broadway stage actress. Mills rose to stardom as “Dorothy” in the original Broadway run of the musical The Wiz from 1975 to 1977. The song Home from the show later became a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for Mills and her signature song. During the 1980’s, Mills scored five Number 1 R&B hits, including Home, I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love, I Feel Good All Over, You’re Puttin’ A Rush on Me, and Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel). Mills won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her song Never Knew Love Like This Before in 1981.
Screen Image Awardee
Lynn Whitfield’s career began with her roles in Broadway shows such as The Great Macdaddy and Showdown, and later in the play For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf.
After starring in For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf, Whitfield’s career began to blossom. She would appear in well-known TV shows as well as TV movies, but her break out role wasn’t until she played Josephine Baker in the HBO bio-pic The Josephine Baker Story.
Many of Whitfield’s notable film appearances and TV appearances are Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, A Thin Line between Love and Hate, Gone Fishin’, Eve’s Bayou, Redemption and Madea’s Family Reunion.
Throughout Whitfield’s career she received numerous awards including an Emmy and Golden Glove Award for her performance in The Josephine Baker Story and five NAACP Image Awards. Today Whitfield is still making strides in her acting career. She can now be seen on OWN’s Greenleaf in a leading role as Lady Mae Greenleaf.
Whitfield is a third-generation graduate of Howard University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Music Heritage Awardee
After 7 was founded in Indiana by brothers Kevon and Melvin Edmonds, along with friend Keith Mitchell in 1987.
After 7’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum by RIAA with two number one hits Can’t Stop and Ready or Not.
Over the last 30 years, After 7 continued to release hits that would top charts with nine songs releasing in the top 10 songs of the R&B Billboard Charts. They also released the leading song, Nights like This, for the soundtrack of the movie The 5 Heartbeats.
After 7 released their most recent album Timeless in 2016 which was named one of the Top 10 2016 R&B Albums. After 7 continues to tour the United States showing audiences that real talent never fades.
Gary Brackett debuted in 2003 as a middle linebacker and quickly went from an undrafted free agent to the Defensive Captain, MVP and fans’ favorite. Brackett spent 11 years with the Colts, winning Super Bowl XLI.
Early in his career Brackett lost his brother, mother and father in a 17-month span. Losing three family members, Brackett overcame adversity and felt it was his duty to launch the Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation where the mission is to make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of under-served and chronically ill youth and their families.
Brackett retired in 2011 but continued to serve the Indianapolis community through his Foundation which won him the Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award in 2009. Brackett also received the Excellence in Sports Award from IBE in 2011.
Reverend Charles R. Williams Excellence Award
The Rev. Charles R. Williams Excellence Award is given to those who have helped shape, contribute, or strengthen IBE’s vision of promoting African-American achievement in academics, athletics, business, education or the arts. The recipient must be a leader who has demonstrated courage, vision and dedication to diversity in the community.
For 50 years, WTLC has made history locally and nationally winning awards for its community commitment in broadcasting and journalistic excellence. With programs such as the “Because We Care” Immunization Campaign, Baby Love for Healthy Babies, “We Can’ feed the hungry, Stop the Violence, Operation PUSH, Mozelle Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner and many more. Urban One and 106.7 FM WTLC is committed to continuing to uplift, impact and represent Indianapolis’s Urban Community.