Monroe High School Principal Vinson Davis said he thought he was being “pranked” when Steve Hart Show producer Nancy Vadin called and said he had been nominated for a “Neighborhood Award.” Vadin asked if he could fly to Chicago for the show’s taping today. It turns out the call was legit and Davis flew out of Albany Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — Monroe Comprehensive High School Principal Vinson Davis got a phone call last week, and he could not believe his ears.
The caller on the other end of the line was Nancy Vadin, one of the producers of the Steve Harvey television show. Vadin told Davis he had been nominated for a “Neighborhood Award” and asked if he would be able to fly to Chicago for a taping of the show.
Davis said he began looking for hidden cameras in the room.
“I honestly thought I was being pranked,” Davis said. “I was in a complete state of disbelief. It was a total surprise to me. It’s an honor just to be nominated and to represent our school system, city and state.”
As it turns out, the call was legit.
Late Tuesday, Davis boarded a plane to Chicago. The show will tape today.
According the The Steve Harvey Show, “The Neighborhood Awards honor local businesses, religious and neighborhood leaders, churches, and high schools for their contributions as well as excellence within their own neighborhoods. The award show is self-described as the Oscars with an urban flair.
“The Neighborhood Awards features a diverse and ultra talented group of celebrities, actors, athletes, and recording artists who present 12 non-traditional awards to the stars of our neighborhoods,” says a show publicist.
Harvey publicist Don Halcombe said the awards are meant “to honor the unsung heroes of their neighborhoods who have had a positive impact on the community.”
For this year’s “Steve Harvey” show Neighborhood Awards, there are ten categories. They are:
— Best Pizza Restaurant, Best Deli, Best Florist, Best Steakhouse, Best Coffee Shop, Best Bakery, Best Police Officer, Best Principal, Best Bus Driver and Best Daycare Center Operator
The nominations process started online on October 7, with periods of voting held for five days for two categories at a time. So, for example, from Oct. 7-11, viewers could vote for Best Pizza Restaurant and Best Deli. For the Best Principal category, nominations and voting were open from Nov. 4-8. Voting just ended at midnight on Nov. 8.
The nominees who receive the most votes online win. The finalists will find out who won this week during Thursday’s episode taping. The episode will air on Friday, November 29.
In Albany, “Steve Harvey” airs at 4 p.m. on WSWG.