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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) – A beloved Chesapeake pastor, a nationally renowned surgeon, a passionate community leader, the first female boxing coach in U.S. Olympic history and a couple inspired to help single mothers will be honored by the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., at the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders’ Breakfast hosted by Tidewater Community College.

The Urban League will present the Martin Luther King Jr. awards at the breakfast on Jan. 21 at 7:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside. The event, themed “Live the Dream,” recognizes the distinguished service of community leaders contributing to the improvement of society.

The 2013 recipients:

The Rev. Michael Toliver, pastor of First Baptist Church South Hill in Chesapeake, leads “the loving church with the big heart.” The Chesapeake church has experienced major growth under Rev. Toliver, adding numerous ministries and outreach programs since he was installed as pastor in 1987;

Dr. L.D. Britt is Brickhouse Professor and chairman of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School;

Dr. Allen Hardin “Trey” White III, a Virginia Beach dentist, is founder and director of Team Hoyt VB, which integrates the disabled into challenging able-bodied activities;

Gloria Peek mentors young men and women in Norfolk with ambitions to be champions in the sport of boxing. Peek was named to the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympic boxing team last summer;

Tony and Monica Brothers founded the Still Hope Foundation, which provides education and personal support to single mothers.

“I extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of our award winners,” said TCC President Edna Baehre-Kolovani. “They enhance our community with their tireless efforts and commitment to making dreams come true.”

In addition to the presentation of awards, Lisa Hicks-Thomas, Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address.

Along with TCC, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Regent University and Eastern Virginia Medical School sponsor the breakfast. Individual tickets are available for $30. To make reservations, contact Lessie Bowser-Wharton at the Urban League at (757) 627-0864 or email


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit