Champions’ 35th MVP awards

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The 35th annual Willie “Pop” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet did not disappoint. “The night of the Champions” brought out some of western Pennsylvania’s all time, as well as current champions including Local World Women Boxing champion and 2012 Olympic hopeful Tika Hemmingway, Super Bowl champion Darnell Dinkins and basketball greats Bruce Atkins and B.B. Flenory.

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HOOP STARS—Bruce Atkins, left, and B.B. Flenory, right, were presented with their award by Diamond Models member Janea.

One of western Pennsylvania’s longest running awards banquets was held at DiEmperios 4-star restaurant in Monroeville. It began with a special honor to the Champions Association by Ernie Bey who received an African-style hand carved staff.

The evening featured awards to Pittsburgh MVPs, (most valuable persons). The keynote speaker and co-sponsor was Leah Williams Duncan.

The proceeds will go to benefit the Champion Enterprises 25th annual Toys for Tots Christmas party.

The 2010 awardees were Beverly Harris Walker, Sam Clancy, Tika Hemmingway, Rayco Saunders, Darnell Dinkins, Gloria Hill, Sheldon Ingram, Greg McGhee, Chaz Kellem, Bruce Atkins, Kevin Cameron, Joyce Ellis, Russell Bynum, Bill Viola, Shayla Scott, Ace Pippens, Paul Seneca and Gilbert Brown.

The sponsors were Urban Settlement, Penn Avenue McDonalds, Attorney Jim Cook, Dave Smith Chev­ro­let, Attorney William Good­rich, Attorney Arnie Klein, Highmark and The New Pittsburgh Courier.

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