But the 2009 Joseph Award for Outstanding fatherhood is more about drawing attention the rampant violence that claimed the lives of each honorees son.
"This is genocide," said Rev. Ira Acree. "We are losing children by the scores."
Friday’s ceremony is a preview for a December 13 event called “A Sunday of Sermons,” in which a group of 13 ministers will talk about youth violence.
Find a list of churches here.