Before Cathy Hughes even took a single step on stage to accept her lifetime achievement award from the NYC Mission Society this week, the accolades were already pouring in.
Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson described Hughes as simply “amazing.”
A “transformer “ and “trailblazer,” said Don Peebles, an entrepreneur and recipient of the same lifetime achievement award last year.
“A great woman,” gushed Jean Shafiroff, a member on the Mission Society’s board of directors.
“Is there a better role model for our youth than Cathy Hughes?” asked Katrina Peebles, another Mission Society board member.
New York City’s oldest charity celebrated a “humbled” Hughes on Tuesday night during its annual Champions for Children Gala, where the founder and chairperson of Urban One, Inc., reflected on her family and upbringing to underscore the origin of her commitment to the educational ideals upon which the NYC Mission Society is based.
“I am so honored, I am so humbled that I moved to tears that you would feel me worthy of a life achievement award,” an emotional Hughes said shortly after the start of her acceptance speech at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan.
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