Troy Wells, Dr. Alonzo Williams Sr., Steve Straessle and Seal Solar will be honored May 24 by Junior Achievement of Arkansas at the 14th annual Legacy Award Luncheon.
Legacy awards will be presented to Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health, and Williams, gastroenterologist and medical director for Arkansas Diagnostic Center and Kanis Endoscopy Center of Little Rock. Straessle, principal of Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, will receive the organization’s Education Award. Seal Solar, which works to promote energy independence through solar and electric vehicle chargers, will receive the Nelson Summit Award for its commitment to education.
Founded by Sheffield Nelson in 1987, JA promotes economic and financial education in Central Arkansas schools and recognizes those who champion that mission. The Legacy Award Luncheon is the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser. The Legacy Award was established in 2008, and recipients are chosen for their “exceptional leadership in supporting academic excellence in Arkansas.”
Richard Johnson, senior vice president of wealth management for Simmons Bank, will serve as the honorary chairman. He is a longtime JA volunteer and past board member and president.
“Empowering people to own their own economic success is critically important,” he said. “Our kids need to go out in the world armed with the knowledge of what economics is and how they can own their own success. JA does this and has for over 100 years and for 35 in Arkansas.”
Tickets and tables for this year’s event are available through JA. For more information on sponsorships and tickets, contact Tonya Villines at [email protected]