May 12, 2021

Father’s Day Lunch Raises $1.1 Million

NEW YORK — A tie, a golf game, a fancy steak dinner? With Father’s Day this Sunday, the holiday is front-and-center on everyone’s minds. So it was a fitting backdrop for the 76th annual Father of the Year Awards held Thursday at the New York Hilton Hotel.
This year’s luncheon honored NFL player-turned-media star Michael Strahan, J.C. Penney chief Marvin Ellison and Ashok C. Sani All-Star Dad Gary Aurin.
The event was a family affair for Ellison, whose father, wife Sharyn, daughter Gabrielle and other family members joined him. His son Donavan, however, was stuck in school in Dallas.
“He lobbied hard to come — he was still lobbying up until last night,” Ellison said. “He even bought a suit to wear — it was a JF [a Penney’s label], he’s the perfect JF model. But it’s his first week and in college, missing a day is like missing a week.”
For Ellison, getting an education is the key to getting ahead. The middle child of seven kids, he was born to sharecropper parents in Tennessee who taught him that education could provide an escape from poverty. He took that to heart and it has led him to the top ranks of retailing.
Even so,

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