We’re proud to toast our founder and CEO Steve Luquire for winning one of Charlotte’s highest honors in a moving ceremony that also included Carolina Panther Luke Kuechly and former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power.

The Echo Foundation, a Charlotte nonprofit whose programs inspire humanitarian action locally, recently hosted its 20th Annual Awards Gala at Spirit Square, where it recognized Steve and Ambassador Power for their “compelling work to shape a more just and humane world.”

In a program both serious and light-hearted, Steve received the 2018 Award Against Indifference “for his service to countless nonprofits and commitment to equality, philanthropy and economic opportunity.” Previous winners include Charlotte leaders such as former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl, civic leader Sally Dalton Robinson and the civil rights law firm of Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham and Sumter.

Steve’s son Brooks, also an esteemed LGA colleague, got into the act with a surprise slideshow featuring photos of Steve as a child in a cowboy outfit and in the 1970s wearing corduroy, bushy hair and a mustache. Brooks also worked with an LGA team to produce a video showcasing the impact Echo has on students through its educational programming.

Steve received a rousing introduction from “Luuuuuke,” who thanked Steve for his friendship since Kuechly joined the Carolina Panthers in 2013. The All-Pro linebacker works with Steve to advance the cause of the Project Life Movement, which aims to “find the match” and save lives by increasing the pool of bone marrow and tissue donors through a simple cheek swab. Steve joined the Project Life Movement board after his wife, Vicki, died from a form of leukemia in 2014.