Local festivities include Real Men Cook for Charity at the Georgia World Congress Center on June 17, Father’s Day.
Comprehensive Men’s Health Initiative’s monthlong observance in metro Atlanta culminates on June 30 at the Loudermilk Center with a salute to pioneering men who have defied the odds by overcoming great obstacles and living well beyond what has been deemed the normal life expectancy.
Special guest honorees are Dosh Jackson, who is 101, and William F. Holton, past historian for the Tuskegee Airmen.
Jackson will receive the Legacy Award, which is given to an individual whose life has served as a shining example of integrity and distinction.
The oldest living member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Jackson has served his frat for more than 75 years. He is a graduate of Morris Brown College and was one of the first African-Americans hired by the Postal Service in Atlanta.
Holton will be honored with the Trailblazer Award. He served as national historian for the Tuskegee Airmen for nearly 20 years, and his work helped create an accurate depiction of the Airmen in the acclaimed movie “Red Tails.”
Tickets are $50 per person and are available at cmhi.eventbrite
.com. Proceeds will help educate men and their families on cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
The Loudermilk Center is at 40 Courtland St. For more information, visit http://mychmi.org or call 1-866-516-CMHI (2644).
Fatherhood rally at Capitol
Proud Fathers’ Rally II at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. on June 16 is presented by metro area chapters of Omega Psi Phi to celebrate fatherhood. It supports the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, which urges dads to take a more active role in the family.
The Omegas will host fathers and their children at the gold dome.
Volunteer legal assistance, employment recruiting, DNA testing, and male health care screenings will be available.
The Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Support will introduce a non-custodial parent jobs transitional program that will help fathers with finding work.
The Capitol is at 206 Washington St. For more information, contact S. Earl Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-219-6624.
Food and family fun
Real Men Cook for Charity will be held on June 17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom, Building B, beginning at 3 p.m.
It features sample dishes from more than 100 chefs, restaurants and caterers and regular guys who cook and includes activities for kids such as face painting, caricatures and clowns.
Entertainment will feature gospel, jazz and R&B performers. There will be vendors and a health pavilion with screenings and information on prostate cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Tickets are $10-$20 in advance and $15-$25 at the door. They are available at ticketannex.com.
The Georgia World Congress Center is at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.realmencook.com/Atlanta or call 404-344-8496.