HONOREES—From left: Edward A. Tibbs, Sylvia C. Wilson, Joseph Preston Jr., and Oscar J. Petite Jr. (Photo by J. L. Martello)

HONOREES—From left: Edward A. Tibbs, Sylvia C. Wilson, Joseph Preston Jr., and Oscar J. Petite Jr. (Photo by J. L. Martello)

Local trailblazers and leaders who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the community received the The Nabhi Christian Ministries Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service Nov. 4, at the Rivers Club Downtown.

This year’s honorees included:  Joseph Preston Jr., Hon. Oscar J. Petite, Sylvia C. Wilson, and Hon. Edward A. Tibbs.

The always effervescent TV and radio personality, Chris Moore hosted, along with exceptional jazz performed by Jared Wilson & The Vibe, who in addition to providing the evening’s entertainment, performed personally themed tributes before each honoree received their respective awards.

Family and friends introduced each honoree with gracious words and fond memories.

With a 29-year tenure in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Joseph Preston Jr., has worked to grow and expand the 24th District. His top priority was to bring his community up to its full potential. Preston served in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and 2008. However, his involvement in politics did not lessen his love and desire to enrich his community. Preston served on many community and professional boards. “At times it was a lot to juggle,” he said. “But I’ve always believed that it is important to deeply involve yourself in your community.”

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