Galloway School celebrates diversity with Harvest Awards

The Galloway School concluded its observation of Black History Month by presenting its annual Harvest Awards to Hosea Feed the Hungry CEO Elisabeth Omilami and Galloway School teacher Lexi Fields, a 1998 alumna of the school. The Galloway Harvest Awards recognize people "whose work sustains and inspires the human spirit by impacting a range of communities and affecting change locally and globally," the school said in a statement. Omilami and Fields were selected for the way they exhibit the vision of school founder Elliott Galloway, who believed people should "embrace diversity, maintain common decency and promote human dignity."


"American Idol" alum Danny Gokey stopped by the Mall of Georgia the other day as part of a tour promoting his new country album "My Best Days." Bill Celler, a former host and now online editor for Kicks 101.5, introduced Gokey, who sang a six-song set, including his most popular "Idol" song, "What Hurts the Most" and his top-40 country hit, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me."

Buzz in our ear

Restaurants have had a rough go of it lately, but that hasn't dampened the industry's civic spirit. Robby Kukler, a partner in Fifth Group Restaurants who is serving as a committee co-chair for the upcoming Hunger Walk/Run, says participation has exceeded organizers' goals. They'd hoped 50 restaurants would sign on to form walking teams and raise money by tucking donation envelopes in diners' checks, and so far about 100 have, he said. "The restaurant community in general supports a number of charities, but feeding the hungry hits home," he said. "We are in the business of serving people." The March 14 event benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which was founded in 1979 and distributes almost 22 million pounds of food each month to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in metro Atlanta and beyond. Information:

Terry Crews News

Terry Crews, the former football player who starred as the hilarious cheapskate dad Julius on "Everybody Hates Chris," came to Atlanta recently with his wife Rebecca to talk up the new reality show about his family, "Family Crews." It  airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on BET. "I've been married for 20 years with five beautiful kids," he said during an interview at the W Hotel Midtown. "It's a Cosby-ish reality show. It's different from what you've already seen. It's very sweet." Crews stars  in the upcoming Atlanta-based TBS series "Are We There Yet?" and has several movie roles in the can, including a homage to 1980s action films, "The Expendables," starring Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. He also shot a movie in Atlanta called "The Lottery Ticket" with Mike Epps and Bow Wow.

Celebrity birthdays

Country singer Doug Dillard is 73. Actor Ben Murphy is 68. Singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes is 66. Drummer Hugh Grundy of The Zombies is 65. Singer-guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 64. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 63. Singer Kiki Dee is 63. Actor Tom Arnold is 51. Actor D.L. Hughley ("The Hughleys") is 46. Country songwriter Skip Ewing is 46. Actress Yvette Wilson ("The Parkers") is 46. Actress Connie Britton is 42. Actress Moira Kelly is 42. Actress Amy Pietz ("Caroline in the City") is 41. Pedal steel player Shan Farmer of Ricochet is 36. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 36. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 33. Drummer Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend is 26.

Contributing: Rodney Ho, news services