100 Black Men Honor Dr. David Satcher at Benefit Gala


L-R:H. Lee Perry, II, President, 100 Black Men of Savannah, Dr. David Satcher, and Mayor Otis S. Johnson, Ph.D
L-R:H. Lee Perry, II, President, 100 Black Men of Savannah, Dr. David Satcher, and Mayor Otis S. Johnson, Ph.D

The 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. held its annnual Fundraising Benefit Gala on Saturday, April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Members welcomed Dr. David Satcher who served as keynote speaker for the event.

The gala is designed to raise funds to support scholarships for students involved in the 100’s Leadership Mentoring Academy.

Upon graduation from high school, students are presented with funds to help them in the pursuit of higher education.

Satcher shared his wealth of knowledge concerning health disparities that plaque the African American community.

” Leadership in public health is to critical to leave to chance”, Satcher told an attentive, capacity-filled audience. Satcher went on to say, “Families ought to do more than eat together; let’s be physically active”.

Satcher is probably best remembered as having served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, a position he assumed in 1998.

He also served as Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1998-2001, making him only the second person in history to have held both positions simultaneously.

Satcher currently serves as the director of the Satcher Health and Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities.

Satcher was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the field of Health Disparities.

Other awards presented included: Excellence in Mentoring-Chef Joe Randall; Excellence in Education-Dr. Leroy “Zke” Zimmerman; Excellence in Health and Wellness-Dr. Diane Weems; and Excellence in Economic Development-Ron Thompson, Sav 21.

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