A New York Public Relations Trailblazer, Pioneering Barber/Entrepreneur, National Latino Officers Association Founder And Rucker Basketball Tournament Legend To Receive Leadership Awards For Distinguished Public Service

A New York Public Relations Trailblazer, Pioneering Barber/Entrepreneur, National Latino Officers Association Founder And Rucker Basketball Tournament Legend To Receive Leadership Awards For Distinguished Public Service A New York Public Relations Trailblazer, Pioneering Barber/Entrepreneur, National Latino Officers Association Founder And Rucker Basketball Tournament Legend To Receive Leadership Awards For Distinguished Public Service A New York Public Relations Trailblazer, Pioneering Barber/Entrepreneur, National Latino Officers Association Founder And Rucker Basketball Tournament Legend To Receive Leadership Awards For Distinguished Public Service

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(Harlem, NY)  − A New York public relations trailblazer, pioneering Queens barber/entrepreneur, executive director of a national fraternal Latino Officers Association and founder of the Rucker Basketball Tournament are among those scheduled to receive the Culvert News Leadership Award for distinguished public service, officials said.

“We will honor an outstanding group of individuals who have used their gifts and time to help others,” said Dr. Edward R. Culvert, Publisher of the online Culvert News blog and Culvert Chronicles USA, which sponsors the bi-annual awards ceremony to be held in May at the historic Sylvia’s Also Restaurant in Harlem, NY.

“They have made a significant contribution to their communities and are very deserving of this award,” Dr. Culvert said. “They are living examples of what can be accomplished when you use your gifts to serve others.”

Public Service Award Recipient Robin Verges is Senior Vice President for Rubenstein Communications, Inc. Verges has earned a reputation as one of the top public relations and marketing executives in the country. She has an extensive background in public affairs, corporate communications, crisis management and special events production. Verges has represented some of the most successful New York and national companies, including: AT&T, Columbia University, The Mount Sinai Health System, The NAACP Image Awards, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Ogilvy & Mather and One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York.

Public Service Award Recipient Oscar Hopkins has been a pillar in the Southeast Queens community for more than five decades. Hopkins is scheduled to celebrate his 50th year as owner/operator of the Hopkins Barbershop in Southeast Queens. Known as a teacher and community activist, Hopkins has trained and helped scores of formerly incarcerated young men gain meaningful employment in the Barber trade. He is the proud father of three children, including respected New York City Attorney Everett Hopkins of The Hopkins Law Group.

Public Service Award Recipient Anthony Miranda is a retired New York City Police Sergeant. He is Founder and Executive Director of the National Latino Officers Association. Miranda received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Police Science from John Jay College (CUNY). 

Public Service Award Recipient Dr. Valiere Alcena is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.  The Haitian born Dr. Alcena was inducted into the American College of Physicians as Master-MACP in 2008. (Mastership in Medicine is the highest level in the profession of Medicine that any physician in the world can achieve). He is the author of several books, including The Status of Health of Blacks in the United States of America: a Prescription for Improvement (Kendall/Hunt, 1992). He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in 1973. He specializes in Hematology/Oncology.

Public Service Award Recipient Bob McCullough is the founder of what is now the Rucker Pro Tournament Summer Professional Basketball League, the National Association of Each One Teach One Inc., and the John Hunter Camp Fund. The Benedict College Tigers basketball legend scored 2,135 points and averaged 28.4 points per game. An honorable Mention All-American, McCullough was the first black athlete to be selected for the All-Southern Textile Basketball All-Star Team in Greenville, SC.  He played professional basketball for the New Jersey Asbury Park Boardwalkers now know as the CBA. There he was named to the All-rookie Team. McCullough earned his Masters of Science Degree from Lehman College. He is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

Event Producer Sherree Culvert said: “It is important that we as a community honor individual excellence and those who continue to make a difference.”

Previous Culvert Chronicles USA Community Leadership Award recipients, include:

Clem Richardson, Novelist, Lecturer and former Newsday/New York Daily News award-winning journalist; Anthony Harmon, special assistant to United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew; Maxine Griffith, Executive Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University; and Deborah Williams, M.D. /PhD of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy; and Eric Sanders, civil rights attorney and founder of The Sanders Firm, PC.

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