PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Palm Springs Black History Month Committee held its 6th annual Awards Gala at the Hyatt Downtown Palm Springs Saturday.
The ceremony honored four recipients.
The 'Sports Award' recipient, Palm Springs High School head football coach Dan Murphy, was recognized for leading his varsity football team to win the 2014 CIF Championship in December.
The 'Corporate Award' celebrated Desert Promotional & Embroidery, LLC.
The 'Humanitarian Award' recipient was Melisse Banwer, director of the Tolerance Education Center.
Artist and activist, Bob Silva, was honored with the 'James O. Jessie Lifetime Achievement Award.'
"It's wonderful, they're doing a fabulous job, especially to find people in the community who've done phenomenal things. Just a pat on the back or being recognized for their accomplishments, I think is really good," said attendee Janet Johnson.
The event featured dinner, dancing, a raffle and silent auction.
Bob Silva was the Grand Marshall at Black History Month Parade with wife Pat Silva at his side on Saturday,February 28.
Artist and activist at 83 years old, Bobby Silva is an avid runner and participant at the "Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge". This race billed as the world's toughest 6K race begins at the base of MT San Jacinto at 500 feet elevation and ends at 2800 feet elevation. Since 1986, Silva has placed well in his age group with multiple second and third place medals.
Bobby Silva now a California resident is a native of Fox Point Providence, RI.
photo by Al Murray