Judge Craig Strong was presented with the Man of the Year Humanitarian Award at the Care for Kids Celebrity Benefit hosted by The Hollywood & Vine Recovery Center at Club Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine Street, Hollywood on June 2. Befitting the well-respected and well-known Judge Strong from the Wayne County Circuit Court Criminal Division, the entertainment industry legends from Freda Payne, The Main Ingredients, Lenny Williams to Cuba Gooding, Sr., performed their popular hits and paid tribute to Judge Strong’s work in the community throughout the country. “For years Judge has been working to improve the lives of youth,” said Dr. Gloria Montgomery, founder of Hollywood-based Care for Kids and a native of Detroit. “When 19 inner city boys from Detroit were recruited to form a scout unit, he single handedly within one week raised enough money to purchase 125 uniforms.”
Mistress of Ceremonies Luenell, a comedian and actress, entertained the sold out audience and referred to Judge Strong as the best dressed Judge in the country. U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters presented the award to Judge. “Judge believes in the importance of appearance and works with the Jackets for Jobs program teaching young men how to dress appropriately for the occasion,” said Waters. “I have visited Judge’s home and his closet is a masterpiece filled with custom suits.”
Under the Hollywood & Vine Recovery Center is The Care For Kids program, an affordable substance-abuse treatment center for children from the age range of 7 to 19 years old. Having experienced the drug haven streets of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Gloria Montgomery, PhD. and Ms. Joan Wendorf, CMS moved to California and founded non-profit organization to make the world a better place and bring light into the darkness. They have been an active asset to society for over 45 years. For more information, visit http://www.hollywoodandvinerecoverycenter.com.