FROM STAFF REPORTS
Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, and Charlie Lydecker, Brown & Brown’s retail division president, were recognized for outstanding community service Aug. 17 at the Vince Carter’s Embassy of Hope Foundation annual Charity Gala at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.
Also acknowledged during the program were Embassy of Hope Foundation scholarship winners for the 2012-2013 school year: John Stewart and Jasmine Picott, Seabreeze High School; Petra Merrick, New Smyrna Beach High School; and Devin Cameron, Atlantic High School.
“It is so important for all of us to work together as a community to help those who need it the most,” said Vince Carter. “It truly does take a village to raise our children to be tomorrow’s leaders.”
Jackson, the sixth president of Bethune-Cookman, holds memberships in a number of civic, educational and community organizations and has written extensively on issues of concern to educators.
He says that his role at Bethune-Cookman is “not only to lead, but to move this institution to new heights – from great to greater.”
Lydecker has earned many designations in his field of work.
He also has received numerous awards and recognitions for his many years of community and public service, most recently with the Boy Scouts of America. Lydecker holds three U.S. Masters Swimming world records.
Carter, now with the Dallas Mavericks, also takes great pride in his work off the court through the Embassy of Hope Foundation, which assists children and their families in Florida, New Jersey and Toronto.
Carter established his foundation in 1998 when he was drafted into the NBA.
For more information about the foundation, call Ann H. Smith at 386-239-8215.