Recognizing student achievement, business success and neighborhood growth, the Eau Claire Community Council celebrated its Silver Anniversary on Friday, October 25 at its annual Awards & Appreciation Dinner. The event was held at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue in Columbia.
Established in 1988 as the result of a community Green Book initiative to revitalize the dormant and struggling suburb just north of the City of Columbia, the Eau Claire Community Council has fostered the growth of North Columbia from four neighborhood groups to nearly 40 that stretch from Beltline Boulevard to I-20 and from Farrow Road to River Drive.
Since 1995, the Council has hosted the annual Awards & Appreciation Dinner to celebrate the many hands who have had a part in the revitalization and growth of Eau Claire and North Columbia. Honorees this year include Mrs. June Page, principal of Eau Claire High School; Ms. Sabrina Odom, founder and CEO of the North Columbia Business Association; Ms. Jameka Young, parent coordinator at W.A. Perry Middle School, and city employee Barry Wells.
School children from seven area schools including Columbia College, Eau Claire High School, the New Timbuktu Academy, Heyward Gibbes and Alcorn Middle schools, and Arden and John P. Thomas Elementary schools will be recognized for their academic achievement and civic involvement.
In addition, neighborhood volunteers representing communities throughout the area were honored for their dedication and service to their own communities and to the Eau Claire North Columbia community at large.
Master of Ceremonies for the event was Don Frierson, host of The Urban Scene on WGCV Radio.
Following the presentations, a roast in honor of Mayor Steve Benjamin featured Donald Gist, Carl Solomon and others.