On Tuesday evening, February 23, 2016, Neighborhood House held its 8th Annual Race for Success event at The Muhammad Ali Center, featuring Assistant General Manager of the NY Knicks, former NBA All-Star, and Louisville native, Allan Houston.
Earlier in the day, Allan and his father, Wade Houston and Milt Wagner, spent time with the youth and staff at Neighborhood House. During their tour, they experienced some of the impactful work that Neighborhood House does every day to serve children and families in West Louisville and got input from our children about their wishes and dreams.
Event activities at the Ali Center kicked off with emcee Stephan Johnson of WDRB News and included a silent auction, a wonderful meal from Masterson’s, words from Wade Houston, and an interview of some of Neighborhood House’s youth and parents by Stephan Johnson. Allan Houston shared how he was inspired by the great work of Neighborhood House. Houston’s strongest message was for guests to actually visit Neighborhood House and see as he did the great work being provided.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid was the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Race for Success. During her remarks, President, Cecelia Manlove, made a passionate call to action for guests to support Neighborhood House’s great work of serving those in and around the Portland community.
Guests attending Race for Success were also thrilled to meet other special guests.
Recognized for their years of supporting Race for Success since its inaugural event were Milton Metz, John Asher, Archie Karel (Panera Breads Joint Venture Partner, Kentuckiana/ Market), Pat Day and Calvin Borel, and Judy Riendeau, the Hungry Potter. Executive Director, Pam Rice, shared the gratitude of Neighborhood House for these key individuals who have called Neighborhood House, “Louisville’s hidden jewel.” Their support shed light on Neighborhood House and helped establish this yearly event.
Members of the University of Louisville 1980 National Championship Basketball team also attended to support Allan and Neighborhood House. Guests were thrilled to meet Coach Denny Crum and former players, Jerry Eaves, Scooter McCray, and Roger Burkman.
Another fun surprise for guests was getting to meet designer, Zach Lindsey, another local celebrity, from Project Runway: Junior.
A special thanks to our sponsors and Event Committee for making the 2016 Race for Success a special evening for our guests and the children and families of Neighborhood House.
Click here to see more event pictures courtesy of John Nation, event photographer.