Presentation of the Beacon of Excellence Award to Olympic legend & humanitarian Dr. Tommie Smith
Celebrity Guests: Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore and Olympians and Professional Athletes Jeff Demps, Justin Gatlin, Dennis & Damu Mitchell, Kellie Wells, Alexandria Anderson, Selim Nurudeen, Shalonda Solomon, Churandy Martina, Lavonne Idlette, Roudy Montrose, & Tenaya Jones
Live & Silent Auction
Cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres & gourmet three-course meal
Premium open bar throughout the night
Live performances by New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra & Musical Seduction Band
On April 9, 2013, retired NBA player & Caribbean native Adonal Foyle hosted his 4th Annual Kerosene Lamp Foundation Gala Dinner & Caribbean Fête at the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando, sponsored by MetroPCS, ZTE and The DPM Firm. Succeeding in raising $20,000, the event celebrated a decade of service to at-risk youths in the Caribbean and the USA and honored Olympic gold medalist and renowned humanitarian Dr. Tommie Smith.
Guests were welcomed with the calypso melodies of New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra during cocktail hour where Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore was broadcasting live. Upon entering the festive dining room, they were entertained by the witty hosting talents of Dante Marchitelli, Television and Sideline Reporter for Fox Sports Florida and Magic Radio Network and the reggae music of Musical Seduction Band and New Vision Entertainment. In attendance were celebrity guests including Olympic Medalists Justin Gatlin, Jeff Demps, Dennis & Damu Mitchell, and Kellie Wells to name few, along with prominent business owners and executives from Central Florida.
During the dinner program, attendees were captivated by the video testimonies of the All-Star Student-Athletes from Orlando (FL) and St. Vincent & the Grenadines that the foundation mentors. Each child gave personal accounts of their lessons learned during their summer voyage to California under the tutelage of Kerosene Lamp Foundation, like the increasing their number of reading hours, utilizing effective time management, and how to improve their study habits.
The most poignant moment of the night was when Adonal Foyle presented Dr. Tommie Smith with the Beacon of Excellence Award for his inspirational efforts as an activist for the rights of oppressed people and his tremendous athletic achievements. Most will remember Smith as the 200M Olympic gold medalist track star who was propelled into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman and activist when he and his teammate John Carlos made a historic stand for human rights at the1968 Olympics in Mexico City by raising their fists in a silent protest during their medal ceremony.
Upon accepting his award, Tommie implored to future student-athletes saying, "When it comes to dreams, be proactive.” In addition to maintaining a distinguished career as a coach, educator, athletic director and activist, Tommie continues to be a champion for social causes by spreading his message of overcoming challenges to the youth he mentors through his Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet, a physical activity program sponsored by the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.
Dr. Gideon J. Lewis was also recognized at the Gala as KLF's Board Member of the Year, along with Yolanda Baruch - KLF's Volunteer of the Year. The night ended with a very exciting live auction, where wine tasting at Quantum Leap Winery, a grand chef's dinner at the JW Marriott, and a week at Adonal Foyle's private residence in San Francisco were all up for grabs. Nothing was sacred to the auctioneers who were happy to add themselves into packages to raise additional funds for the kids!
Proceeds from the fundraising gala will go to support the continuation of KLF’s youth educational and athletic programs in Central Florida including their annual Read & Rise Book Fair at Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center and their Athletics & Academics Camp for the Parramore Kidz Zone.