LAURINBURG —Scotland County NAACP had two goals in mind when it held its first annual Father of the Year Program on Sunday — raise money and honor men in the community.
Three men participated and Earl Brown, program chairman, said only $20 separated the winners.
Harold Patterson Sr., representing Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church was crowned Father of the Year with $480. John Teal, representing Scotland County Civic League, was runner up with $460. Gregory Brown, representing Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church came in third with $440.
The program was held Galilee United Methodist Church in Laurinburg.
Brown said the local chapter succeeded thanks to the members, community and participants. He said NAACP members had been talking about the program for the past three years and decided to finally bring it to fruition.
“I was very satisfied. Anytime you can get at least 10 men together that is a blessing. A lot of women were behind the scenes too,” he said.
Brown said the chapter plans to make the program an annual event.