Suwannee Democrat


April 30, 2014

Gary Edwards Leadership Day impacting local youth

Live Oak —

The Second Annual Gary Edwards Leadership Day was held on Saturday to honor the legacy Edwards left behind by impacting the youth of this community. Over two dozen youth in attendance were exposed to a variety of careers and essential lessons about life. 

The event began early Saturday morning at the First United Methodist Church in Live Oak. Sherman Riley kicked off the day with a warm welcome. 

This event came about when Riley and his twin brother, Sherwin, both SHS graduates, sought for a way to give back to the community, especially to the youth.

“Sherwin and I communicate every morning and we always discuss and talk about how we can impact or make a difference in the lives of youth. I'm currently involved in four non-profits/boards associated with supporting the health, education, and personal development of youth. Sherwin is also involved with organizations in Ft. Lauderdale with similar backgrounds,” Riley said. “We thought that with both of our passions towards giving back that we could do this in Gary Edwards’ name as he embodied these qualities in giving back to the community and supporting the youth in the community.”

While helping aspiring youth in the community, Riley said he hopes this leadership day event honors Edwards and what he meant to this community.

“I'm sure Gary was looking down and smiling and saying good work,” Riley said. “The purpose of the day is to honor Gary Edwards for his legacy and to give back to the kids in the community with leadership modules and education around careers in the next level of life.”

Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams shared a few comments about Edwards before leading the group in prayer. “Gary and I went to school together and he was my dear friend,” Williams said. 

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