Three Wichitans will be honored this month during the annual Real Men, Real Heroes annual recognition event.
Two of the men will be honored for their contributions in helping Wichita State University secure Kansas native Gordon Parks’ collection of photographic essays, books, music and film.
The Pride Award goes to Ted Ayres, WSU’s vice president and general counsel. A special recognition award will be given to Mark McCormick, former Eagle columnist and now executive director of the Kansas African American Museum.
Fred VanVleet, a WSU basketball player, will also receive a special recognition award for his work with young people.
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The event, which begins at 6 p.m. July 29 at the Abode Venue at 1330 E. Douglas, also recognizes the achievements of elementary, middle and high school youth.