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Benefit for the Arts honorees named
Benefit for the Arts honorees named

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - Five outstanding individuals have been named as honorees for the 28th Annual Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts.

A black tie gala that benefits performing arts programs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), the 2015 honorees consist of entrepreneurs, humanitarians and educators. They were selected for their extensive history of community involvement, philanthropic endeavors, and their exemplary record of service to the community. 

“They are very much deserving of the honor, and they are to be lauded for setting a positive example through their hard work and dedication in promoting growth at our university and in our community,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander.

The honorees are as follows:

Gerald Alley, a Pine Bluff native, has established a remarkable record as a real estate entrepreneur throughout Texas and the Southeast United States. As a philanthropist, he has a long history of supporting under-privileged students, from the kindergarten level through higher education. Alley is the founder and CEO of Con-Real, LP, the leading African-American-owned construction and real estate firm in Texas, as well as in the southwest United States. In 1934, his father founded one of the first black businesses in Pine Bluff-Arkansas, the Alley “ESSO” Service Station. The service station was located across from what is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and remained in business until the 1980s.

Troy Alley advances educational and career opportunities for young people through the Alley Scholars program. The program contributes to positive change for young people and their families, and it provides a venue for building productive citizens and capable leaders. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Con-Real, LP where he oversees all real estate activities. Under his direction, Con-Real was the first African-American owned firm to perform major leasing and management services for Prudential Realty and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in the southwest United States. The firm has been nationally recognized in market/feasibility studies and other real estate consultant services.

Sissy Jones has an exemplary record of service as a citizen and business owner in the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County communities. Her long history of community involvement and support of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is remarkable. Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Sissy’s Log Cabin, she credits her good fortunes in business and life to hard work, honest living, good friends, customers, family, and the help of a few angels. Sissy’s philosophy is simple, “When you believe in something, devotion comes naturally so why worry about yesterday, don’t fear tomorrow as they are the things that rob us of happiness today.” In addition to the Pine Bluff location, Jones now has stores in Little Rock, Jonesboro, and Memphis.

Henri Linton Sr. has left an indelible mark on the face of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  It was at his insistence during the administration of Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. that all of the unnamed buildings and facilities on campus were named in memory of or in honor of distinguished UAPB faculty, staff members and supporters.  Linton was also instrumental in obtaining prominent campus landmarks, such as the bronze lions, historical markers, plaques, engraved tiles and bricks, and signage found throughout the university. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts, Linton was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2001.  Linton was also selected to design the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame permanent exhibition located in the Mosaic Templars building in Little Rock, Arkansas.   Through it all, Linton stills finds time to serve on various community and state boards, and is an active members of several professional and community organizations.

Henry Trotter, Jr. has an outstanding record of community involvement as a citizen and business owner in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County. His philanthropic endeavors in the community and at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are more than notable. He also served his community through his involvement with the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County where he was President of the Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Jefferson County Industrial Foundation. The creation of good jobs for the citizens of Jefferson County has always been foremost in his efforts.

Tickets for the benefit are $100 per person and may be purchased in the Development Office, located in Childress Hall on the UAPB campus or by phone, 575-8701 or 575-8703.

Corporate/group/individual sponsorship levels are available at the following levels:

  • Platinum ($3,000) – Reserved seating for 16 (two tables), listing as platinum sponsor in the souvenir program, listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials and eight reserved parking passes.
  • Gold ($2,500) – Reserved seating for eight (one table), listing as a gold sponsor in the souvenir program, listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials, and four reserved parking passes.
  • Silver ($1,500) – Reserved seating for six, listing as a silver sponsor in the souvenir program, listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials, and three reserved parking passes.
  •  Bronze ($600) – Reserved seating for two, listing as a bronze sponsor in the souvenir program, and one reserved parking pass.

 For more information about the event, visit www.uapb.edu/benefit or contact the Office of Development at (870) 575-8701 or 575-8703.