12th Annual Platinum Dads Awards Celebration Honors Outstanding Men, Promotes Responsible Fatherhood

Dads Make a Difference.”  That message was the strong and unifying thread that ran throughout the 12th Annual Platinum Dads Awards Celebration, held June 17th at the Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, NJ.  Presented by UIH Family Partners (UIH), the oldest nonprofit in New Jersey dedicated to the welfare of children, the annual event recognizes men who are exemplary fathers and positive male role models.  The celebration not only acknowledges the significant contributions involved dads make to their families, their communities and to society, but also advances the conversation around responsible fatherhood.  Platinum Sponsors were First Bank and Arlee’s Raw Blends.

Seven men were inducted into the Platinum Dads Class of 2017. The award winners had been nominated for the honor by members of their families, colleagues or others who admire their commitment to their children and to fatherhood.  An independent panel of judges made the final selections from a large number of distinguished applicants.  This year’s Platinum Dads are:  Greg Brown, Bobby Jobst, Ronald Jones, Chris Kellyman, Terry Smith, James Tarver, and Errol Taylor.  In addition to receiving a personalized award in recognition of strong and enduring leadership as a father, each man took home congratulatory proclamations from Trenton City Council and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.

A highlight of the inspirational awards brunch was the presentation of the 11th Annual Robert E. Alston Legacy of Fatherhood Award to Carl H. Carabelli, Sr.  This very special tribute recognizes one senior gentleman who has set the bar high for other men.  Also introduced was the cohort of UIH Family Partners Ambassadors, a group comprised of current or past UIH program participants cited for their accomplishments and leadership skills.  Honored were: Frankie Alford and Christopher Lowe.    

Celebrated motivational speaker and award-winning educator, Dr. D. A. Graham, delivered a rousing keynote address to the enthusiastic audience.  Dr. Graham spoke about what it means to be a Platinum Dad and how important it is for fathers to instill a sense of trust, integrity and confidence in their children. He underscored the importance of a man setting goals for himself and working hard to achieve those goals even when faced with great adversity.

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman took part in the festivities, welcoming this years’ Platinum Dads as they join the list of distinguished men and fathers that make up the Platinum Dad Alumni Group.

For more information about Platinum Dads or UIH Family Partners, call 609-695-3663 or visit

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About us:  Based in Trenton, NJ and established in 1859, UIH Family Partners (formerly Union Industrial Home for Children) is the oldest nonprofit in the state dedicated to child welfare.  The mission of the agency is to “empower men, fathers, and families to achieve self-sufficiency.”  UIH Family Partners’ family-strengthening and workforce development programs are headquartered at 4 North Broad Street, Suite 2R in Trenton.  For more information, please contact 609-695-3663 or email,, twitter@uihfamily