Tony Arnerich has been selected by the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church as the winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for his work in the community with the I AM Learning Partnership. The Coretta Scott King Drum Major Award is designated to go to “a person or institution that exhibits the serene, yet fighting spirit of Coretta King. They seek justice, peace, and resolution to humanitarian issues with a focus on using non-violent measures to resolve matters.”
2014 marks the eighth anniversary of the Drum Major Awards and Scholarship Fund Service, held in honor of the lives and legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mrs. Coretta Scott King; Mrs. Rosa Louise Parks; and Ms. Yolanda Denise King. The Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church will be hosting a luncheon to honor the 2014 award recipients on Saturday, January 18. On Sunday, January 19, Senior Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee will acknowledge award recipients in a public service. Offerings from the service are donated to the Drum Major Scholarship Fund. The 2013 Coretta Scott King Drum Major Award went to Kris Persson, principal of Helensview School, for her 17 years of service to Portland youth. Other 2013 Drum Major winners include Linda Hornbuckle, Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer, and Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI).
“It is an honor to be recognized and awarded,” says Tony Arnerich, “But the real honor is being able to serve the community the way we have for the past 20 years. I feel so lucky and grateful to have built a program that makes children’s lives better. I would like to extend my appreciation to the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church and Pastor Hennessee for recognizing the ‘drum majors’ who are contributing to making our community a better place.”