2018 Founder's Weekend


2018 Bennie and Candle Award Honorees

Bennie Award Honorees

Bennie Achievement Award

Dr. Emmett D. Carson '81
CEO, President and Director
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Bennie Service Award 

Dr. William T. McDaniel Jr. '67
Professor Emeritus of Music and
African American & African Studies
The Ohio State University

Bennie Leadership Award

Congressman Cedric L. Richmond '95
U.S. Representative
Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District 

Candle Award Honorees

Candle Award in Business

William M. Lewis Jr.
Managing Director and Co-Chairman
Investment Banking at Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

Candle Award In Arts and Entertainment 

Oz Scott
Celebrated Film, Television
and Theater Director and Producer


Candle Award In Business and Philanthropy


Robert F. Smith
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Vista Equity Partners