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Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, along with Charleston nonprofit Angel Alliance Inc. founder Deborah Powell Anderson, will announce the 2021 Spot Light Awards finalists at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Finalists, who have also been invited to participate in the press conference, include 18 people being recognized for their outstanding achievements in education, business, religion, community organizing and local government.

Tecklenburg is also set to proclaim Dec. 18, 2021 as The Spot Light Awards 2021 Day in the City of Charleston, and Anderson will announce the entertainment planned for the gala afterward. The Angel Alliance has presented the awards at an annual gala since 2018.

This year’s gala will be Dec. 18 in the Gaillard Center performance Hall. Tickets can be purchased through the Gaillard Center box office.