2016 SALUTE TO LEGAL EXCELLENCE HONOREES—Ralph Watson, Classic Events! founder, left, with honorees Elliot Howsie, Lauren Catanzarite, Jessel Costa, Ernest Sharif, Kim Hoots, Patrick Connelly and Timothy Vales. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)
On Oct. 22, at the Monroeville Double Tree Hotel, the Honorable Ralph P. Watson, founder of Classic Events!, was elated to salute a distinguished group of legal professionals at the 2nd Annual Salute to Legal Excellence Dinner. This year’s docket of accomplished legal professionals included Lauren Catanzarite, Esq.; Patrick Connelly, Esq.; Jessel A. Costa, Esq.; the Honorable Kim M. Hoots; Elliot Howsie, Esq.; Ernest H. Sharif, Esq.; the Honorable David Spurgeon; Timothy Newton Vales, a paralegal; Frank Walker II, Esq.; the Honorable Louis Coles; and the Honorable Dr. Cyril Wecht, JD. The awards concluded with a posthumous salute to Wendell Freeland, Esq. Freeland was a highly respected civil rights advocate for the underserved and a relentless fighter for racial justice.
HONOREE AND FOUNDER—Dr. Cyril Wecht and Ralph Watson
SALUTE TO LEGAL EXCELLENCE HONOREES—Ernest Sharif and Elliot Howsie
SALUTE TO LEGAL EXCELLENCE HONOREE AND GUEST—The Honorable Kim Hoots and Honorable Eddie Tibbs
Presenters included family, friends and colleagues of the honorees. They were Brian Catanzarite, Esq.; Lauren Connelly; Senator Jay Costa, Esq.; Janice Glenn; Turahn Jenkins, Esq.; Aisha and EJ Sharif; Caryl Randolph; and Rosemary Crawford, Esq.
SALUTE TO LEGAL EXCELLENCE HONOREE—Jessel Costa and family
PRESENTER AND FOUNDER—Caryl Randolph and Ralph Watson
PRESENTER, HONOREE AND FOUNDER—Brian Catanzarite, Lauren Catanzarite and Ralph Watson
Guests enjoyed a great meal and great fellowship. Costa made brief remarks and commended Watson on the creation of Classic Events!, a public relations and marketing group supporting small businesses, and connecting entrepreneurs with civic leaders, community stakeholders and elected officials to accelerate their business growth and development.
ENJOYING SALUTE TO LEGAL EXCELLENCE—Dr. Cyril Wecht, Rosemary Crawford and Jay Costa