Topeka community leaders come together for 12th annual luncheon

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Several community members were honored for their professional leadership and community service in Topeka at this year’s 12th annual Executive Leadership Recognition Luncheon.

Among those recognized were Frank Henderson Jr., the Deputy Director of Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries and Regina Franklin the Executive Director of Women Empowerment.

"When you think about Dr. King's legacy, and all that he did it just makes me feel really humble that Women Empowerment would even be considered for something like this,” Franklin said.

"So just to be recognized as a recipient of this award is just beyond belief it's just...it's just unbelievable,” Henderson Jr. expressed.

It was the sixth of nine days of events hosted by Living the Dream Inc. celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many of the people in attendance were leaders of the community.

That included the keynote speaker, Washburn’s head basketball coach, Brett Ballard.

The event was also about highlighting community leaders who promote unity and serve as positive role models.

"...and teaching the younger girls about these are goals you might want to have, or go to college and get your education or get your masters, whatever you need,” Franklin said. “Or if you don't have a degree, if you don't go to college, you still need to give back to your community. You still can be a leader in the community,” she added.

Many hope their message continues to spread throughout the community.

"We really can't afford to leave anybody behind, and every single person matters to us,” Henderson Jr. said.

More details regarding remaining events can be found here.