Community Hero Luncheon Update

Our honorees have been selected. Remember, you can get your tickets on-line from ActBlue or contact a member of the committee for a paper ticket. Tickets are $25.

The Suffolk Democratic Committee’s 6th Annual Community Hero Luncheon will be held on Saturday May 3rd, at noon. It will take place at the Suffolk Quality Inn, 2864 Pruden Blvd, Suffolk, VA, 23434.

Portraits of Honorees

C. Phillips Ferguson – Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Ferguson grew up and graduated from Suffolk Public Schools. He then went on to college and came back to his community to work for the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. He worked his way to winning an election to become the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Suffolk. Mr. Ferguson has prepared lectures and presentations on subjects such as identity theft, gang violence, internet safety, victim and witness services, and bullying. He and his staff have maintained an ambitious schedule of speaking arrangements to inform the public of those important subjects as well as the vital services that the commonwealth’s attorney provides to the citizens of our city.

Jewel Gatling – Chairperson of the Suffolk Young Democrats, Jewel Gatling serves with great enthusiasm. She organized several community service projects, including a backpack drive, drives for local food banks, and a garment drive for the local harvest outreach ministry. She worked tirelessly for in the political arena, canvassing and phone banking for the President, and reaching out to encourage voter participation among young people.

Robert E. Stephens – Mr. Stephens is a community activist and co-founder of Suffolk’s Community Action Coalition which works with youth to find solutions to school and community problems. One program was “Be Fight Free”, designed to help curb school violence. He partnered with the FBI in one award winning effort for student awareness and participation in law enforcement. Another notable effort has been to explore solutions and recommend alternatives for Suffolk’s troubled student programs.

The Suffolk Democratic Committee established the Community Hero Award to recognize and celebrate citizens of Suffolk who share our ideals of improving our community, our state, and our world through individual and collective action. Through these awards, the SDC hopes to shed a spotlight on the many unsung heroes in our city and make the community aware of the committee’s presence and activities.