PHOTO:  Rhonda Anderson, president and CEO of the Community YMCA in Red Bank, is one of eight local community leaders to be honored at the 31st annual Wilbur Ray Scholarship Dinner in Eatontown on March 11. Photo courtesy of Rhonda Anderson.

EATONTOWN, NJ – Eight Monmouth County community leaders and volunteers will be honored on March 11 during the 31st annual Wilbur Ray Scholarship Dinner at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel.

The event, hosted by Brookdale Community College, recognizes significant contributions made by county residents and organizations that, while substantial, do not always result in public recognition.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Wilbur Ray Scholarship Program, which supports students of color at Brookdale. The awards are named for the late Wilbur Ray, former Brookdale police sergeant and an active volunteer in the Long Branch community.

This year’s honorees include volunteers, activists, professionals and community outreach workers in communities such as Neptune Township, Asbury Park, Freehold, Manalapan and Red Bank.

They are: Rhonda Anderson, president and CEO of the Community YMCA in Red Bank; Yvette Anderson, social insurance specialist at the Social Security Administration in Neptune; Rev. Dr. Andre McGuire, senior pastor at the New Beginnings Agape Christian Center in Freehold; Rev. Tommy Miles, pastor at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Neptune; Bishop Fred Rubin, pastor of Community Refuge Church in Manalapan; Reverend Frederick Smith, pastor of Old Ship Of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe Township; Dr. Jerard Terrell, principal of the Summerfield Elementary School in Neptune City; and Sergeant Risheem Whitten, Brookdale Community College police officer.

For more information about the Wilbur Ray dinner or the scholarship program, call 732-224-2705.