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YouthPartners honors Rev. H.O. Gray


YouthPartners of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County recently recognized Rev. H.O. Gray for his dedication to YouthPartners as a board member and supporter for more than 14 years.

Gray, along with his wife, Lula Gray, and his sister, attended the presentation at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building.

A plaque on behalf of YouthPartners was presented by Tracy Dunbar, board chairman, and Eugene Hunt, an attorney and former chairman, in honor of Gray’s dedication and contributions to YouthPartners, the city, county and state.

Linda Bateman, YouthPartners executive director, stated that Gray offered her encouragement and words of wisdom to stay motivated and committed to the agency.

“His mentoring, knowledge and vision was an invaluable contribution in helping us to serve our youth and to improve our community,” Bateman said.

YouthPartners, an affiliate of America’s Promise Alliance, is a United Way of Southeast Arkansas partner agency. The program engages in collaborative efforts with other agencies to increase the number of youth involved in meaningful and positive experiences. The agency manages the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for preschool children and the SOS (Students with Opportunities to Soar) Program for 10th – 12th grade students.