And the Award Goes to… Seniors Honored at Forsyth County Entertainment Awards


By Tevin Stinson

The Forsyth County Entertainment awards, the vision of Ellen Leak-Forbes, is designed to celebrate entrepreneurs, artists, and entertainers in the area. The talent, creativity, and artistic prowess of Forsyth County was in full display at the fourth annual Forsyth County Entertainment Awards (FCEA) in July.

FCEA was founded by Ellen Leak-Forbes in 2011 with the goal to become a resource that supports, guides, and celebrates entrepreneurs and individuals in the arts and entertainment in the area. The first awards ceremony was held in 2012 with about 100 people in attendance; by 2014 nearly 2,000 people came out to support the event held at the Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem.

Residents of Forsyth County had the opportunity to vote for award recipients in a number of categories ranging from music, art, cooking, and fashion. Over 50 people were recognized with awards.

Seniors were among those honored with Entertainment Achievement awards for their lifetime contributions to the arts in our community. Those honorees were;

Wrenwick Williams, President and CEO of Triune Coaching, a professional speaker and spiritual coach. He achieved Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) status and is a trainer, a licensed NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and the author of “Baby Food” (Digestible Concepts).

Darryl Gordon, CEO of D-Unity and coordinator of D-Unity Dancers, as well as coach of the 9th grade girls basketball team at Atkins High School and a fitness instructor at Total Fitness 2000.

Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, fine art and body artist who has appeared on “Skin Wars” reality show and participated in the Body Painting Festival in Austria and the European Body Painting Tour.

Leo Rucker, artist who has painted murals at Diggs Elementary School, the Winston Lake YMCA, and the Winston-Salem Transportation Center, as well as portraits of the late Judge Roland Hayes and Larry Leon Hamlin. Rucker teaches and works with youth at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art and is a lead interpreter at Old Salem Museum and Gardens at St. Philips African Moravian heritage site.

Mickey and Penny Hull, championship shag dancers, were featured in the May 2016 issue of For Seniors Only!. They have been shagging for nearly 20 years and teach shag dancing, attaining Pro Status in the Shag Preservation Association circuit in 2009. They were inducted into the National Living Legends of Dance in November 2014.

For more information on the Forsyth County Entertainment Awards visit

Tevin Stinson is the reporter who covered this story for the Winston-Salem Chronicle.


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