The 2008 Founders' Tribute Dinner

The 2008 Founders' Tribute Dinner benefiting The Higher Aims "Clubmen" Program

Honorees of the 2008 Dinner:

The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation: Founded in 1999 by Louis R. Cappelli, the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation is a funding source designed to assist at-risk youth to reach their full potential. The foundations' mission is to provide grants to philanthropic activities in areas of education, health and fitness, and arts education.

Barrington Irving: At 23, on June 27, 2007 Barrington Irving became the first ever black pilot and youngest person to fly solo around the globe. He aimed to show other youth that if he could do it, they could too. Irving founded the Miami-based nonprofit organization Experience Aviation, Inc. in 2003, in order to introduce young people to career opportunities. In 2006, Irving opened a Learning Center, providing after school programs to students. In 2007, the House of Representatives passed a Congressional Resolution to honor Irving's achievements. In 2008, Barrington Irving was awarded the highest honor, the Medallion of Excellence by Florida State Senate.

Charles E. Thompson, MD: As a retired Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Director, Charles E. Thompson teaches chess to Higher Aims men in New Rochelle and White Plains. His chess instruction is geared to improving the reasoning skills of students. Thompson is a 1970 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He was a U.S. Army major in the medical corps in South Korea and Madigan Center (Washington State). Thompson also volunteered as a physician at a Korean orphanage.

Evening Emcee:

Asuncion "Sunny" Hostin: Asuncion "Sunny" Hostin earned her bachelor's degree from Birmingham University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Hostin is a managing director of business intelligence and investigators at Kroll; she leads investigation teams in investigating fraud and corruption. Hostin is CNN's legal contributor for American Morning. She has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., where, she was awarded a Special Achievement Award for her work as a child sex crime prosecutor. Hostin has also served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. She works as a professor of evidence at Pace Law School.