AIB Network hosted the 2018 John H. Allen Awards April 19, 2018 at the Southwest Performing Arts Center to celebrate Atlanta's local nonprofits and commemorate the work being done around the city and elsewhere under the theme, "Our Voices, Our Community." "It is really important that we take time to acknowledge the efforts of our nonprofit community and their supporters. They are the heroes among us," said AIB President and CEO Collie Burnett. The 2018 Allen Awards were hosted by veteran TV anchor and journalist, Monica Pearson and featured "Married to Medicine" star Genise Shelton, as the red carpet correspondent. The ceremony also featured performances by African drummer Greyling "Oginga" Love, two-time Stellar Award nominee Keyondra Lockett, and renowned poet Hank Stewart. The Allen Awards is AIB Network's signature event and fundraiser named after AIB's founder John Houston Allen. The awards program recognizes and celebrates the greater Atlanta nonprofit community, including faith-based and interfaith organizations, and their efforts to improve lives by building bridges of understanding, valuing diversity and challenging us to make a difference in the lives of others.
The John Houston Allen Humanitarian Award is an award presented in honor of AIB’s founder, John Houston Allen. The award is the highest award presented by AIB. It recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious service by an organization or individual that bridges religious, ethnic and social backgrounds and makes our world a better place.
The John A. Conant Community Service Award is presented to an interfaith organization that provides much needed support to a segment of our population that is often overlooked.
The AIB Spirit Award recognizes and honors individuals and organizations that are touching lives and making a difference throughout AIB's viewing community. This award shines a spotlight on those who are making the lives of others brighter through their programs and services.
Each year the Programmer of the Year Award is presented to an AIB Programmer who effectively uses media to spread a message of hope. This award is nominated by the AIB staff and the recipient is selected by AIB viewers.
The William L. Womack Creative Arts Award is presented to a person who is using his or her creative gifts to make our world more beautiful and harmonious.