James Pickens, Jr., and Margaret Avery will be honored at the 16th Annual Roast/Toast sponsored by the Giving Back Corporation, Saturday, Apr. 25, 5 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton 6161 Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA. Ticket prices $100 and $75. Telma Hopkins is the evenings’ hostess while Willard Pugh The Colored Purple will provide the entertainment.
James Pickens, Jr. is probably best known for his role as Dr. Webber on the long running hit ABC Show Grey’s Anatomy. Margaret Avery is seen weekly on BET’s smash Being Mary Jane.
Giving Back Corporation was started 18 years ago, by Founder, and Executive Director, Ken Sagoes. “Each year we are so pleased that we have the previous year’s honorees return and pass our torch onto the new recipients.” States Sagoes. “Each year, because of Giving Back, we are able to give financial aid to many urban students to assist with books, computers, lodging, etc.” The Giving Back Corporation Scholarship Program has provided support to over 200 students over the 16 years. The students have completed studies with Howard University, UCLA, UCS, Harvard, Yale, Pepperdine, etc.
Past honorees have included Harold Wheeler Dancing With The Stars, Barbara Montgomery Amen, Ted Lange Loveboat, Ruby Dee, Bill Duke, Dick Anthony Williams, and Irma P. Hall The Ladykillers.