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Harry Hooker, Sr. Memorial Holy Smoke BBQ Cookoff & Praise Festival

Fund President, Darlene Hooker, and her grandson Kaleb, are pictured with this year’s scholarship recipients, Joshua Goodman & Zachary Ashworth.

“Educating Our Youth Today For A Better Tomorrow!”

The Harry L. Hooker Memorial Fund is dedicated to providing scholarships and support to the youth of DeQuincy. To date, the Fund has awarded five $1,000 University and four $500 Technical Awards to some of the most promising students of DeQuincy High, including: Alexis Lyons-2011, Megan Walls/Robert Rainwater-2012, Carlisha Williams/Patricia Pharris-2013, Bryson Skinner/Kalynn Smart-2014 and Zachary Ashworth/Josh Goodman-2015.

The Harry L. Hooker Memorial Fund was birthed in 2009 after the untimely passing of the foundation’s namesake and visionary, Elder Harry L. (Colonel) Hooker, Sr. It is a community service organization. From the HLH Memorial Fund’s inception, it has been a joint effort of family, friends, co-workers and concerned community individuals and businesses who have made this endeavor possible. The Fund Co-Sponsors the Juneteenth Community Prayer Celebration, the Annual Back to School Supply Drive, held in August and also the Youth For Christ Fellowship at DeQuincy High School. The Fund’s annual Holy Smoke BBQ Cookoff and Praise Festival held each year in October is its major fundraiser.

The Harry L. Hooker, Sr. Memorial Fund is a Lifetime member of the DeQuincy Railroad Museum and the Fund's President is a Board member of the City of DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce, DeQuincy Elderly Housing Board (CCOA), L.O.V.E. Community Mission and an active member of Guiding Light COGIC of DeQuincy. For information Contact Founder and President, Darlene P. Hooker at 786-6265.

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