The VIPP Report: Montford Point Marines host annual banquet to raise funds for scholarships



The Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter #22 will be hosting their 12th Annual Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet in honor of John T. Covington and John W. Hagan, founders of the Louisville Chapter. This semi- formal event will take place Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. at The Hilton Garden Inn, which is located at 2735 Crittenden Drive. Tickets are $50 per person or you can still purchase a table of eight for $360.00.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Terry Williams, USMC. The banquet is named for two of the distinguished members of the Louisville Chapter #22.  Mr. John T. Covington was the first president for the Louisville Chapter and Mr. John W. Hagan was the Director of the Veterans Administration Louisville and Southern Indiana.  Both of these gentlemen were members of the Original Montford Point Marines and have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Charles Stallard, President of the Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter says that he’s honored to help youth extend their educational experience. “The purpose of the Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet is to assist local high school graduating seniors to attain a college education. Our chapter is dedicated to community service and one way to meet this goal is to offer scholarships to deserving high school graduates. We are happy to say this is our12th Annual Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet. We hope you come out and support us.”

Some of the past keynote speakers: Brigadier General Craig Timberlake, Major General Arnold Fields, USMC (Ret.), Major General Leo Williams III, USMC Reserve (Ret.), and Major General Ronald L. Bailey just to name a few of the many involved in the banquet.

The Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter #22 is a 501(C) 3 organization that has raised enough money over the past eleven years through fundraisers to support 22 scholarships which have been awarded through the Black Achievers Awards Celebration.   They also have provided assistance to three college ROTC students who attended Officers Candidate School.

If you would like additional information about their 12th Annual Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet please contact Charles Stallard at 502-550-2423 or Ramon Turner at 419-450-4300.

To setup an interview and/or cover the event, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at


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