• Tue. Apr 20th, 2021

Urban League Building. Photo from Facebook

By Cinnamon Pelly

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio presents its 27th Annual Glorifying the Lions Ceremony honoring six community leaders. ULGSO, along with its title sponsor, Fifth Third Bank, in partnership with WLWT, will air the televised premiere on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. on Channel 5, with host Ashley Kirklen.

This event recognizes community leaders who have reached 65 years and distinguished themselves in their personal and professional lives.

Eddie Koen, president and CEO of the Urban League, said, “We are excited to honor this group of Lions. These honorees have done so much to impact the community through their commitment to service and equity.” Royce Sutton, ULGSO board member and senior vice president, Ohio CED Market Manager of Fifth Third Bank, adds, “Fifth Third Bank salutes this year’s Lions. We are all better because of their vision, leadership, and innovation. Congratulations!”

The 2021 Lion Honorees are:

Bootsy and Patti Collins – All-time great funk and R&B bassist, singer, and bandleader; philanthropists and community activists.

Bootsy and Patti Collins. Photo provided

Eileen Cooper Reed – Former State Director of the Children’s Defense Fund, education advocate, and racial equity leader.

Eileen Cooper Reed. Photo provided

David Dillon – Former Kroger CEO and Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio Board Chair.

David Dillon. Photo provided

Michael J. Graham, S.J. – President of Xavier University.

Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J., Provided by Xavier University

Dr. O’Dell Moreno Owens – President and CEO of Interact for Health, healthcare pioneer, leader, community and racial equity advocate and advocate.

Dr. O’Dell Moreno Owens. Photo provided

Watch our 2021 Lions Roar!

•    April 8 *Premiere •  April 10 • April 11 • April 11

•    April 12, 7 p.m.  WLWT 7:30 p.m. WLWT 4:30 a.m.  WLWT 11 p.m.   METV 12:30 p.m.     WLWT

Please consider honoring a lion by donating to the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. Text “UL Donate” to 797979 or visit our website at www.ulgso.org. For more information about the Lions Ceremony, contact Gina Goings at (513) 888-7874 or ggoings@ulgso.org.

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