Trial Attorney and Philanthropist Willie E. Gary Honored with the Community Spirit Award by the YMCA of Broward County during the 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Breakfast
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Willie E. Gary was recently honored by the YMCA of Broward County during its 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Breakfast entitled “Stand for Something.” The highly anticipated event was held at First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale and attracted nearly 700 community members, elected officials, clergy and business leaders to celebrate the ideals, aspirations and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
During the breakfast, Gary was recognized for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts and was presented with the Community Spirit Award. Sheryl Woods, President and CEO of the YMCA of Broward County and Keith Arnold, Senior Vice President of BB&T, sponsor of the event, commended Gary on his commitment to education and his unwavering dedication to community service. The keynote speaker for the morning was Martin Luther King III.
During his remarks, Gary encouraged audience members to accept the task of serving as role models for young boys and girls. “It is imperative that we help our young people by providing them with educational resources and opportunities,” commented Gary. Gary continued: “I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to say that today; we celebrate and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders who paved the way. Thanks to Dr. King’s vision, opportunities our grandparents only dreamed of having are accessible to all Americans. It is for this reason that I am humbled and honored to receive such recognition.”
Gary is well-known for his philanthropic endeavors. In 1994, he and his wife, Dr. Gloria Gary, founded the Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including $10 million to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.