The 51st annual Peninsula Humanitarian Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. 

Under the leadership of Dinner Co-Chairs Bill Downey (President & CEO, Riverside Health System) and Charlie Hill (President & Co-Founder, Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum; Co-Founder, Community Free Clinic of Newport News), the following individuals and organization will be honored:


Joshua M. David
Katherine S. Edwards
Andrew T. “Tom” Olaisen
Jeffery O. Smith
Alexis N. Swann


One Hundred Black Men of America, Inc., Virginia Peninsula Chapter


The Humanitarian Award of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is presented to those individuals who have demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.  On occasion, the organization may bestow the Jeffrey B. Spence Award for Interfaith Understanding to individuals who have conducted exceptional work in the area of interfaith understanding. The Distinguished Merit Citation recognizes corporations or community organizations for their humanitarian work.

Thank you to the 2019 Humanitarian Award Dinner Supporters:

Past Humanitarian Awards

Past Honorees
a listing of all past honorees with Biographies (as available)

Past Dinner Chairs
a listing of all past dinner chairs




Full Tables with signage may be reserved for groups of 8 to sit together.  Individuals may select a seat at any Open Seating table upon arrival.

***The 51st Annual Humanitarian Dinner is currently accepting names for our waitlist. We do expect more seats to become available, so please contact Katie Hathaway at to be added to the list.

If you need to make payment for a pledge or existing reservations, please contact Katie Hathaway at or 804-515-7950.

Thank you for your understanding!***

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