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GIANT Awards Banquet Tickets

The 2024 GIANT Awards and Banquet took place on Feb. 3, 2024. 

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Award Recipients

Rev. Jerry Bishop

Rev. Jerry Bishop | Founder of LifeQuest Urban Outreach

GIANT Among Giants Award

Valissa Armstead

Valissa Armstead | Senior director of diversity and inclusion at Corewell Health

The Raymond Tardy Community Service Award


Debra Bates

Debra Bates | Owner and administrator for Choice Business Systems Inc. and owner of MeMe’s Foundation Boutique

The Milo Brown Business Award


George Bayard III

George Bayard III | Artist, owner of Bayard Gallery of Fine African American Art & Books, and executive director of the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

Ethel Coe Humanities Award


Tasha Blackmon

Tasha Blackmon | President and CEO of Cherry Health

The Eugene Browning Medical Service Award


Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter | Former head coach for East Kentwood High School’s girls basketball team

Walter Coe Public Service Award


Jamie Gordon

Jamie Gordon | Executive director of human resources for Kentwood Public Schools 

The Phyllis Scott Activist Award


Kristian Grant

Kristian Grant | The first African American woman to represent Grand Rapids in the state House

William Glenn Trailblazer Award


Rev. Charles Hudson III

Bobby Springer | Associate director of Veterans Upward Bound at Grand Valley State University and director of MI GEAR UP

The W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award


Latesha Lipscomb

Latesha Lipscomb | Director of engagement and relationships at Amplify GR

Floyd Skinner Justice Award


Inez Smith

Inez Smith | Retired teacher

Hattie Beverly Education Award


Bobby Springer

The Rev. Charles Hudson III | President and CEO of C.H. Hudson Outreach Ministries 

The H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award


Caebre Baty

Caebre Baty | Cedric Ward Leadership Scholarship


Nas Brooks

Nas Brooks | Cedric Ward Leadership Scholarship


Rallah Cobbins

Rallah Cobbins | Dr. Patricia Pulliam College Leadership Scholarship


Kyle Greer

Kyle Greer | Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship 


McKenzye Sterk

McKenzye Sterk | Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship