Seven area men were presented in front of 200 guests at the 32nd Beautillion Militaire Saturday evening at Quaker Station in downtown Akron.
The men have been working on numerous leadership development and service projects for several months. Each beau is receiving a college scholarship for their participation in the event.
Mother of Jordan Euell, Veronica Euell, and father Eddie Euell, had family members Linda Jones, Brenda Tyler and Rita Love from Indiana in town for the event.
“We’re family and we support family,” said Love.
Raevon Isaiah said, “My little cousin Louis is in this and I’m here to support him and watch him grow into his manhood.”
Kay Isaiah said, “I like to see young men excel and make a difference in the lives of others.
Tanya Isaiah said, “I hope they will continue to make good choices in their life.”
Since 1980, the Akron Chapter of Jack and Jill America has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to young men in our community.
The Beautillion Leadership Committee consists of all the mothers of the chapter who pulled the program together.
The primary committee members for 2014 were Tamarlin Barner, President, Renee Romine, Vice President, Dr. Lisa Bennett Matthews, Anedra Jones, Daphine Painter, Monica Womack, Dr. Angela Neal Barnett and Monica Davis.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a family organization founded in 1938 that provides cultural, social, civic and recreational activities that stimulate and expand the mind to enhance life.
First-time attendees included Renata McLane, Dineshia Taylor, Diane Rodgers and Carrie Rodgers, Tameka and Aaron Ellington and their children Maxwell and Xavier Ellington.
The nonprofit organization is committed to providing programming for young people to reinforce leadership, academic success and community service. Dr. Said Sewell was the master of ceremonies.