The East Orange Education
Torchbearer for Education Award
The Reverend Russell White
L-R: Rev. Russell White, First Officer Chrystal Dunbar,
First Officer Joseph Hayes
The East Orange Education Foundation (EOEF)
presented the Torchbearer for Education Award to
The Reverend Russell White on Saturday, October 18, 2008
during an Award Luncheon at The Essex Manor in
Bloomfield, NJ. In attendance were Robert L. Bowser,
Mayor of East Orange, Mrs. Jessie Wilkerson, President of
EOEF, Mrs. Eleanor Forbes, Executive Director of EOEF,
Mrs. Goldie Burbage, Vice President of EOEF and President
of the Historical Society and many other guests and
dignitaries too numerous to mention.
The highlight of the afternoon was Reverend Russell White
telling the story of his life and how he came to be
founder and commander of Eagle
Flight Squadron. In attendance was the Eagle Flight
Drill Team, who performed a close order drill for the
assembled guests, showing us the kind of discipline and
focus that Eagle Flight instills in its members.
As further living testimony of Reverend White's
achievements, two of the many airline pilots he and his
program have trained were also in attendance and spoke
briefly on his behalf. Chrystal Dunbar, First Officer for
Continental Airlines who was getting ready to fly to
Amsterdam later on, and Joseph Hayes, First Officer for
Continental Airlines, both of whom had gotten their wings
at Eagle Flight.
Mayor Robert L. Bowser works on his speech during a quiet
moment before the event begins.
L-R: Ms Eleanor Forbes, Rev. Russell White, Mrs. Jessie
Wilkerson, and Mayor Robert Bowser take advantage of a quick
photo opportunity before the guests arrive.
The Cicely Tyson Jazz Ensemble begins to play under
the leadership of Frederick Goode as guests arrive.
Our Master of Ceremonies, Hamilton Bowser, Committee
Chairperson for EOEF begins the proceedings.
The invocation is given by Mrs. Jessie Wilkerson, President
of the EOEF.
The honored guests at Table 1. L-R: Arlene Feldman, President
of NJ Aviation Assn.; Rev. Russell White; Mayor Robert L. Bowser;
First Officer Chrystal Dunbar; First Officer Joseph Hayes; Steve
Lind, Chief Flight Instructor.
The Eagle Squadron Drill Team performs close order drill.
Leader: David Rankine; First Row L-R: Christian Cortes, Karen
Quiles, Xavier Harris; Second Row L-R: Desiree Baugh, Allison
Bryant, Ricardo Henriquez; Third Row L-R: Tyree Thomas, Kayla
Turner, Rachel Turner.
After delivering his tribute to Rev. White, Mayor Bowser
presents him with a Mayoral Proclamation on behalf of the City of
Ms Eleanor Forbes, Executive Director of EOEF presents Rev.
White with the organization's Torchbearer for Education Award.
Reverend Russell White, Founder, Commander & Chief
Executive Officer of Eagle
Flight Squadron, thanks everyone for the honors he has
Names to be added...
Reverend White surrounded by his Eagle Flight Squadron. L-R:
Joe Hayes, Tyree Thomas, Allison Bryant, Christian Cortes,
Ricards Henriquez, Adam Attawhi, David Rankine, Noel Charles,
Rev. White, Karen Quiles, Kayla Turner, Rachel Turner, Desiree
Baugh, Mrs. Rankin, Chrystal Dunbar, Mrs. Turner. It's quite a
crowd; if we missed anybody, please e-mail and tell us!
L-R: Reverend Russell White and Goldie Burbage, Vice
President of EOEF and President of the Historical Society of East
Names to be added...
Front row L-R: Frederick, Lloyd, Bria, Cierra,
Davette, Jacqueline, Denzel - Back row L-R: Darien, Brian,
Additional photos of the Jazz Ensemble will be placed on
their Tyson Band Parents Web site.
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