On her list of accolades, Ruth B. Crawford places her honor at tonight's 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala at the top of her list.
Its an organization that stands for what I stand for, she said at the fundraising event for the mentorship program. They take youth and ensure they are educated. I believe in that.
Mrs. Crawford, along with Rosa T. Beard, Vivian W.T. Sylvester and Louise Rice, were honored for their commitment to the community and education at the event held at the Belair Conference Center.
The 100 Black Men of Augusta, in partnership with Bi-Lo, also awarded T.W. Josey High graduate Chantel Gunn and Academy of Richmond County graduate Mylesha Grant with $2,500 scholarships.
The gala raises funds for programs such as Saturday academy, tutoring and cultural field trips, said member Herb OConner. .
Mr. OConner said he was inspired after the Million Man March 12 years ago to get involved with helping young men .
I wanted to get out and do something rather than complain, he said. I stayed this long, because theres a need.
The organization mentored 33 male students this year, Mr. OConner said
Academy of Richmond County freshman Ricardo Simmons said he would have likely made some bad choices if he hadnt gotten in the program five years ago.
They teach me to take responsibility for my actions and always tell the truth, he said.
Ricardo gives a lot of credit to his mentor, Winston Butler, for his A-B average in school.
The men have the ability to change the lives of young men who have few leaders, Mrs. Crawford said.
I have seen good minds gone to waste, because nobody was there to nurture them, she said. This is something that can inspire them.