Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, received the family legacy award Monday night in Charlotte on behalf of the Kennedy family.
Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, delivered the night's keynote address, entitled Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.
Local civic leaders Mary Lou and Jim Babb received the 2012 Echo Award Against Indifference. The award honors Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents who exemplify Echo's dedication to promoting human dignity, justice and moral courage through positive, effective action for humankind.
The Babbs were being recognized for their service to Charlotte's educational, cultural and philanthropic institutions.