The Grand Magnolias of North Carolina: Ladies of Leadership, Service and Philanthropy hosted the inaugural Grand Magnolia Beautillion: A Distinctive Leadership and Mentoring Program, on Jan. 27 at the Greensboro Country Club.

The keynote speaker was William Keyes IV of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and founder of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship (Greensboro Collegiate Institute).

The Grand Magnolias, a philanthropic organization, presented 10 young men at this event, billed as “The Measure of a Gentleman” Gala. Over the past six months, the Beaux participated in various seminars, workshops and service projects designed to promote scholarship, integrity and philanthropy.

The Beaux Leadership Academy was lead by The Grand Magnolia Leadership Council of mentors, a group of male leaders from the community. The mentors include Dr. Vincent Schooler, Dr. Chris Durham, Frank McCain, Keith Funderburk, Chris Leach, Brent Moore, Timothy Gibson, Kendrick Mayes, Clarence Grier and Dr. Prenard Mickens. These mentors shared their talents and knowledge as businessmen, attorneys, physicians, dentists, mechanical technicians, financial advisers and city officials. Experts facilitated workshops on topics such as effective communication, financial literacy, personal responsibility and survival, community service, the power of philanthropy and social etiquette.

After an evening of waltzing with the Beautillion Belles from The Pointe! Studio of Dance, sharing a special mother-son dance and performing a cultural rite of passage, each Beaux was presented with a Grand Magnolia Scholarship Award.

The following gentlemen were presented to the community at this year’s Grand Magnolias Beautillion:

  • Braeden E. Bluitt, son of Carla and Leonard Bluitt, Northern Guilford High School
  • Brandon M. Buckhannon, son of Chareba and Michael Buckhannon, Southwest Guilford High School, Award of Excellence recipient
  • Archie Dean Herring, son of Margo and Archie Herring, Westchester Country Day School
  • Thaddeus J. Jackson II, son of Dr. Mishi and Mr. Thaddeus Jackson, High Point Central IB Program, Scholar Award recipient
  • Cameron T. Kluttz, son of Oralya and Paul Kluttz II, Northern Guilford High School
  • Paul A. Kluttz III, son of Oralya and Paul A. Kluttz II, Northern Guilford High School
  • Nyles C. Mosley, son of Shelia and Jeffrey Mosley, Northern Guilford High School
  • Brandon D. Speight, son of Monica and Doug Speight, Caldwell Academy, Distinguished Beaux Award recipient
  • Coleman J. Wood, son of Camellia and Scott Wood, Dudley High School
  • Elijah H. Woodberry, son of Wanda Wilson and Marcus Woodberry, Dudley High School, Philanthropy and Service Award recipient.
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