Alton Park Development Corporation’s 2022 Chattanooga Humanitarian Award Gala set for Dec. 17


The Alton Park Development Corporation will hold its Annual Chattanooga Humanitarian Award Gala on Dec. 17. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Chattanooga Civic Center at Mountainside (Alton Park), 701 Hooker Rd.

WPTP 100.1 FM show host and “Celebrity Hypeman” Tony Boston will serve as host. Entertainment will be provided by international recording artist Jimmy Allgood. 

2022 Chattanooga honorees:

Bishop Kevin Adams – Civic Leader, Pastor of Olivet Baptist Church and Chairman of the Community Safety Coalition. Called upon as a trusted ally in the community to convene, examine and strategize ways in which to resolve differences, bring an end to gang violence, and restore hope and peace to all people. His ministry extends beyond the church wall to include feeding the homeless, and providing education to children to help eliminate the “School to Prison Pipeline.”

The Rev. Alfred Johnson – Civic Leader, Pastor of the Church of the Newborn and House of Refuge. For decades, he has been a pillar in the community–providing resources financially, mentally and spiritually for individuals returning home from prison and needing a new beginning and a second chance

The Honorable Robert Philyaw – Juvenile Court Justice Judge and Advocate for Children. Serves as chair of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY). Dedicated to advocate and improve the quality of life for children and families, and provide support for other child and family advocates. 

Dr. Edna Varner – Civic Leader, Educator and Advocate for Education. Dr. Varner has served on more than 12 nonprofit boards that focus on lifting the human spirit. She is a past board chair of The Aim Center, Siskin Children’s Institute, the Community Foundation and 2017 Annual Campaign Chair for United Way. As a teacher, she made sure her students had necessities. In her work at the Public Education Foundation, she established an emergency fund in memory of her sister–who was a teacher. The fund pays for the licensure tests and personal needs that teachers, especially teachers of color, cannot afford during their training year.

Attorney Rheubin Taylor – Pastor, Civic Leader, Hamilton County Attorney. Responsible for coordinating all legal matters (including litigation) involving Hamilton County Government and its various elected and appointed officials and their employees. 

Attorney Robin Flores – Civil Rights Leader and Attorney. Advocate for Chattanooga citizens that have been wrongfully treated and/or arrested in Chattanooga. 

LaTrice Currie-Leslie – Channel 3 News Anchor, Civic Leader, Philanthropist. Serves as ambassador for Go Red For Women and has served on various boards. Some of her many awards include Chattanooga Woman of Distinction, Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of the Best Local Newscast and Hamilton County Outstanding Citizen.

The only Black-owned community development organization in Chattanooga, Alton Park Development Corporation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity.

The proceeds from this event will benefit charity projects that promote equality and justice in education of the Alton Park Development Corporation and those of the honorees. Proceeds will also help to improve the lives of families and strengthen and build community ties, said Alton Park Development Corporation President Dr. Elenora Woods. Further information about the Alton Park Development Corporation and the 2022 Chattanooga Humanitarian Award Gala is available online at