My Brother's Keeper of Greater Richmond

"Encouraging Brothers Through the Storms of Life"

The 2018 Manny Awards Dinner
"Celebrating Unsung Heroes of Greater Richmond"

You Are Invited to:

"A Night of Elegance, Recognition, Honor, Family and Community" 

Since our founding of My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond in 2009 and the establishment of its “33 the Series” and "Fatherhood" workshops.  We’ve encountered a number of men whose lives have inspired us with their amazing stories of faith, perserverance and motivation to overcome the challenges of life.  These are men who have often traveled an arduous path, filled with economic hardship, relationship dilemmas, lack of education, and spiritual obstacles. They have stepped out on faith to begin a journey toward being the Men that God intended them to be.

We will be honoring nominees from the Greater Richmond region at our 3rd awards dinner aka “The Manny Awards Dinner.”  The “Manny Awards Dinner” is a biannual event sponsored by MBKGRVA and partners. It is created to celebrate the unsung male heroes in the Greater Richmond area. They are not the men who are usually celebrated or praised. They are men, brothers, husbands, fathers, uncles and sons, who have intentionally worked hard to become men relationally, educationally, financially, and spiritually to improve their lives and the lives of others. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

5pm to 8 pm 

Cost: $70 per ticket

Click here to purchase your ticket!


Monica L. Ball, Media Personailty - Mistress of Ceremony

Monica L. Ball, Media Personality, Founder/CEO of Real Talk With Monica and Rising Towards Success is a native of Emporia, Virginia, and a long-term resident of Richmond, VA. Monica is on a mission to help small businesses to become profitable and give back to the community. Monica received both her BA and MBA at Strayer University. Currently, she is pursuing her PHD in business management at Grand Canyon University. Monica's trained in business management and marketing, she has over 20 years of unique experience in government, corporations, and leadership through brand management and social media marketing.


On the entertainment area, Monica hosts her own television and radio show called the Real Talk With Monica (R.T.W.M.) which is a local Virginia show focuses on business promotion, empowerment, and human-interest stories that affect the Greater Richmond Metro area. R.T.W.M. is licensed, trademarked and have a social media presence of over 15,000 active followers. In addition, Monica also hosts a daily radio show called: "Morning Rush With Monica" on Rejoice 101.3 FM and 990 AM from 7-9 am eastern time in the Greater Richmond Metro area. 

Monica is highly sought after for business advice, personal counseling, and assistance with community advocacy. Therefore, in October of 2017, Monica founded Rising Towards Success a nonprofit company to continue her efforts within the community by uplifting and improve family dynamics, educate others about personal health, and help small businesses grow within the community. There are "doers" and there are "talkers." Before you can ask the question, Monica has already completed the job. Stay tuned for bigger projects on the way from Monica L. Ball aka Miss Real Talk. “That’s Real Talk”, is a popular motto that Monica says at the end of her show after she speaks the truth.

Visit Real Talk with Monica here.

Bishop Darryl F. Husband, Sr. - Sr. Pastor, Author, Recording Artist - Keynote Speaker

Bishop Darryl F. Husband, Sr., is the Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Church in Richmond, Virginia, and founder of Life More Abundant Ministries. For more than 36 years, he has served as Senior Pastor to the Mount Olivet Church, a multi-cultural congregation in the inner-city community of Church Hill in Richmond, Virginia. Since becoming the pastor, Bishop Husband has founded and implemented many ministries, including L.I.F.E Church West and the soon-to-be announced L.I.F.E Church South. His passion for training leaders is evident through the growing Mount Olivet Leadership Education Network (MOLTEN) Bible Institute and newly formed Church Leadership Training School. 

Bishop Husband received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Illinois State University with a major in foreign languages. He later matriculated at Virginia Union University where he earned his Master's Degree in Divinity at the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2004 from Virginia University of Lynchburg. He has also done doctoral studies at Boston University. 

Bishop Husband serves Global United Fellowship as the Bishop of Intercessory Prayer; Bishop Neil C. Ellis is the Presiding Bishop. Bishop Husband has a heart for people of different ethnic backgrounds and has traveled to many countries around the world doing leadership workshops and leading worship: Scotland (Aberdeen, Glasgow), England (Colchester, Preston, Manchester, and London), India (Chennai, Nagaland, Mumbai), Brazil, Finland, Cuba, Ukraine, and Africa (Liberia, Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon) and Israel. 

Bishop Husband is married to the former Sherrine Charity. They are the proud parents of Darryl Frederick Husband II, Gabriella Sherrine Agape Husband, Jason Oliver and two others the Lord gave, Daytriel Nzassi and Eric Elam. 

Visit Mount Olivet Church - Life More Abundant Ministries here: 

Annette Arrington - Professional Singing Artist

Annette Arrington is a native of Durham NC but grew up in New York. Annette has been singing professionally since 2010. She has been singing since a young girl. Annette believes that God blessed her with this gift and she loves to share it with anyone that wants to listen. “Music is powerful; one song could change a person’s life or simply bring a smile to their face” says Arrington.  Singing is her passion and each time she is able to share her gift, she also shares her soul as well. 

Visit Annette Arrington's Facebook page here!

Paula Gillison - Poet, Writer & Artist

Paula Gillison is a poet, writer, and overall artist. She works closely with multiple art originations around Richmond, VA to perform as a spoken word artist, facilitate writing workshops, and teach art classes. As the owner of PG Artistry, Poetry Is…, and Xiii (Thirteen) and Lion jewelry, she seeks to bring awareness to social injustices through her art as well as inspire a generation of creators and thinkers. She is a member of the Writer’s Den Slam family where she has competed and won multiple slam competitions. All her art is dedicated to the memory of her son, Emmanuel "Manny" Langston.

Visit Paula Gillison's website:

Bennie Blonkoe Perry - Comedy, Entertainer

Bennie Blonkoe Perry is a 13 year comedy vet. Washington DC born Virginia raised. He has graced the stage from Chicago to the Carolinas, on down to Atlanta and back up again. Always a crowd favorite whether its backyard cook outs all the way to retirement homes. Blue or clean, all age groups, he has something for everyone. From acting to impersonations he’s a true entertainer.


The Embassy Suites

2925 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294

The Manny Awards Dinner will be held at the newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Richmond, the only full-service all-suite hotel in Richmond, Virginia.  Experience our transformation with new modern suites, atrium and conference center.  Enjoy our destination Atrium Bar and E’terie dining or Grab & Go. We're located in the West End, just a few miles from the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and the vibrant Short Pump area. Appreciate more space and freedom in two-room suite that offers a separate bedroom and living room, as well as two 37-inch flat screens HDTVs and complimentary internet access.

Elegant Dinner Area

Manny Award attendees will be served a delicious dinner to include: 

Starter - Soup Du Jour
Salad - Garden Salad or Caesar Salad

Entree - (choose one)
Seared North Atlantic Salmon with smoked tomato vinaigrette or Louisiana Chicken breast with mushroom cream sauce or Vegetarian (only chicken available after 10/15/18).

Served with warm dinner rolls, chef's choice of rice or potato, chef's fresh seasoned vegetable and chef's desert selection.  Coffee and Iced Tea

Two Room King Bed Suites

Relax in a suite with living room and separate bedroom with king or two queen beds.  Complimentary drinks.  Swim in our heated indoor saltwater pool, exercise in our fitness center, or relax in the whirlpool.  King Suites are available at a group discount of $145.  

Reservations must be made individually by 10/19/18.  Call 1-800-672-8585, mention My Brother's Keeper of Greater Richmond to the reservation associate to receive the group rate.  MBK is not responsible for room reservations, cancellations or refunds. 

Free Made to Order Breakfast

Whether you’re flying solo or with your whole family, every guest gets exactly what they want for breakfast for free. Begin eaach day after with a Made-To-Order Breakfast, 

You can also enjoy the E’terie for lunch or dinner in our modern open-air atrium, or order room service in your suite or the E’terie Grab & Go. 

Photos from previous Manny Awards

  • 2014 Award Winners
    2014 Award Winners
  • Monica & Coach Welcome
    Monica & Coach Welcome
  • ruben Bryant - Emcee
    ruben Bryant - Emcee
  • Monica welcoming the Bosogno family
    Monica welcoming the Bosogno family
  • Coach welcoming th Gibson family
    Coach welcoming th Gibson family
  • Snead and other guests
    Snead and other guests
  • The Boswell family
    The Boswell family
  • 2016 Award Winners
    2016 Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
Manny Awards - Brother's Keeper