Katie Stagliano, Anita and Jerry Zucker recognized in 2nd annual Vision Awards

The second annual Joseph P. Riley Jr. Vision Award will once again go to more than one individual. It is given to honor outstanding community service and commitment to diversity in the name of Charleston's long time mayor, Joe Riley.

"We want to carry on his legacy by presenting and acknowledging the people who have the same sort of vision that he does," said selection committee chair Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.

This year's 13-member committee included a diverse group of young community leaders along with ABC News 4's Victoria Hansen, and Mayor Riley's sons, Joseph P. Riley III and W. Bratton Riley.

"I think one of the things that my dad always says is the work that has been done here is teamwork," Bratton Riley said. "There are a lot of the team members that we considered today. We are just so honored to give the award to Anita and Jerry [Zucker] and also Katie Stagliano."

Both Anita Zucker and her late husband Jerry will receive the award at this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast in January. It's an event Mayor Riley co-founded in 2000, along with then-YWCA of Greater Charleston's executive director Christine Jackson, first cousin to Coretta Scott King.

Jerry Zucker was president and CEO of the InterTech Group, and acquired Hudson's Bay Company of Canada. He was also a part owner of the Stingrays, and he and donated millions of dollars to international medical missions as well as local charities. His wife, Anita, serves on the board of the Coastal Community Foundation, and as a trustee of the Saul Alexander Foundation and the Jewish Endowment Fund.

After Jerry's death in 2008, the Zucker family made a donation of $2 million in Zucker's name to the Medical University of South Carolina. $1 million was allocated for the establishment of the Jerry Zucker Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research. In November 2014, she donated $4 million to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina for education programs. In return, The Citadel named its School of Education for the Zucker family.

Stagliano is the 17-year-old founder and Chief Growing Officer of Katie's Krops, a nonprofit that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. She started as a third grade student with a cabbage seed, growing a cabbage in her backyard garden that fed nearly 300 people. Now she has more than 80 gardens in 30 states and offers grants for students who want to start their own community gardens.

Stagliano was recently recognized by ABC News 4 as a recipient of the Jefferson Awards and by the Clinton Global Initiative for her efforts in solving the world's hunger problems.

"It's a legacy that he has left the community," said Joseph P. Riley III.

"Bratton and I are ecstatic and honored to be a part of it and we're excited for his retirement too."

72 year-old Joe Riley will step down at the end of the year after an unprecedented 40 years as mayor. He will be there January 19, 2016 as the Zuckers and Stagliano are honored.

Last year's inaugural award was given to Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley and the late Theodore Stern, the president Emeritus of the College of Charleston.

Selection committee chair Elizabeth Colbert Busch said this year they wanted to tap into the Millennial generation to help select the winner.

"We wanted to show Mayor Riley the bench he has left behind, the people who will continue his work."

This year's committee members included Chairwoman Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Boomtown co-founder and CEO Grieg Allen, graphic designer Marcus Amaker, Miss South Carolina 2015 Daja Dial, the Trident United Way's Quinetha Frasier, ABC News 4's Victoria Hansen, YWCA's Danielle Hardee, President and CEO of Maybank Industries Group Jack Maybank, Senior Vice President of the State Ports Authority Barbara Melvin, Director of National Strategy and Engagement at Boeing Tommy Preston, Jr., Carolinas Financial Network Director Joseph P. Riley III and Business Broker with Maybank Industries Bratton Riley, and Eric Wright, the director of Charleston Young Professtionals.

The 16th annual MLK Business and Professional Breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.

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