2020 EMCEE & Master of Ceremony
Dawne is a native of Louisville and has been an award-winning broadcasting professional for close to 26 years with WAVE 3.
She is a constant catalyst for community and the power of pulling together. Some of her recent work includes creating cookbooks focused on food security, one of the social determinants of health. Her boundless optimism for our region and for others is an inspiration and a blessing in the lives of everyone she reaches.
2020 YMCA Report
Howard Holloman Jr.
Howard serves as the Chair of the YMCA of Greater Louisville Board of Directors. For over 20 years, he has served as a devoted volunteer with the YMCA Black Achievers program, including as a mentor in the Business and Communications Cluster.
Howard is the Senior Manager of Customer Fulfillment at GE Appliances.
2020 Community Report
Mayor Greg Fischer
Greg Fischer was elected Louisville’s 50th mayor in 2010 — and was sworn in for a third four-year term on January 5, 2019. Since taking office he has committed himself and his administration to the pillars of compassion, health and lifelong learning.
Mayor Fischer is determined to work with America’s mayors to set a bold agenda that promotes equity and opportunity for all as the nation’s cities work to rebuild their economies in the wake of COVID-19 and renewed calls for racial justice.
Mayor Fischer is a national award-winning entrepreneur who started and invested in dozens of businesses, including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm. He also co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.
2020 Keynote Presenter
An award-winning performing artist, educator, composer, author and activist, Harry is truly a modern-day Renaissance man.
His career as a pianist has taken him around the world, featuring collaborative performances with many of the brightest stars in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, and James Moody.
Pickens is a recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award for The Arts In Education, the state’s highest honor in the creative and performing arts as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Fund for the Arts.
2020 Featured Performer
As a Junior at YPAS, Merryll Loy brought down the house at the 2013 YMCA Mayor's Community Thanksgiving Breakfast with her soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen's Halleluiah.
She is currently part of the amazing Southeast Christian Awaken Worship ministry here in Louisville.
2020 Featured Performer
Joining Merryll Loy this year is another amazing musician from Southeast Christian Awaken Worship ministry.
Taylor's beautiful guitar playing and and vocal harmonies were a wonderful addition to this year's Thanksgiving Celebration. Find out more about the amazing impact these young musicians are having on our community here.