Harlem greats come out to support the John Hunter Camp Fund
By VINCENT DAVIS
Special to the AmNews
The John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund hosted another fabulous Robert “Bob” Douglass Hall of Fame Awards luncheon Sunday, raising money once again, their 45th year, to send deserving and financially in need children from the metropolitan area to summer camp.
Held at Our Children’s Foundation on West 125th Street, co-chaired by Ora Garrett-Threat and Gwendolyn Connor, the luncheon, once again MC’d by the entertaining and civic-minded Robert “Bobby” Hunter, one of the great former Harlem Globetrotters, was again attended by some of Harlem’s greatest basketball players and community servants who have led the way throughout the years and been ground breakers and inspiring, mentoring and committed role models who have contributed greatly by helping others, networking and assisting in providing opportunities for the progress of others such as Hall of Fame awardee Sam Stith. Stith, a former NBA player and banker, was the first African-American to play for Saint Francis Prep in Queens and Saint Bonaventure University, a private Catholic university in the Buffalo area. A former New York Knick, Stith played against Wilt Chamberlain the night Chamberlain had his historic 100-point game.
Karen Dixon, the winner of this year’s Humanitarian Award, exemplified this level of commitment when she said, “When I was told that I would receive this award, I wondered if I had done enough to receive it.” Dixon, the executive director of Harlem Dowling-Westside Center for Children and Family Services, also payed homage to her mother, who she credited with inspiring her to be a social worker.
The Rev. Jacques A. DeGraff, who serves on the pastoral staff of Canaan Baptist Church, not only graciously accepted this year’s Lifetime Achiever Award but also brought a check to contribute additional dollars to this year’s camp fund.
“I wanna thank God for having me here today,” said Frank “Shake-N-Bake” Streety, a former Globetrotter teammate of Hunter’s, also a Hall of Fame awardee. Streety overcame a major battle with cancer a year and a half ago.
“We’re proud to say that we are following the foot prints of our founders, to give back and help the children of our community,” said Garrett-Threat.
Awardees are listed below:
The Benjamin “Penny”
Garrett Youth Award
The Appreciation Award
The Humanitarian Award
The Native New Yorker
THE REV. JACQUES A.
The lifetime Achiever Award
Hall of Fame Inductee
HALL OF FAME AWARDEES
Franklin S. Irvin