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Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley, Henry “Gip” Gipson and Emma Ephraims

Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley, Henry “Gip” Gipson and Emma Ephraims are being honored at a gala at The Club in Birmingham on Thursday night. The three  were nominated to Positive Maturity’s list of Top 50 Over 50 which honors the contributions of citizens in the Birmingham area for accomplishments in business, personal life or civic engagement. Other honorees include Governor Kay Ivey.

Bessemer Mayor Gulley is currently serving his third term as the Mayor of Bessemer and counts the city’s new recreation center, new city hall and the recruitment of Amazon among his many accomplishments. He is married to Yvonne Whitley and they have two children.

Henry “Gip” Gipson is a former railroad car builder, owner of the Pine Hill Cemetary and the proprietor of Gip’s Place—a world renown blues club based in the backyard of his family home on Avenue C in Bessemer.

Emma Ephraims has long served the senior community in the western area. She has served as president of the Bessemer West Jefferson chapter of the AARP and won the 2011 Ruth Blacker Award for Advocacy from the AARP Alabama Leadership Summit.

Positive Maturity was founded in 1970 by the Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham and is one of the region’s oldest organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of seniors. The sixth annual Top 50 Over 50 Awards will be held Thursday, July 25 at The Club in Birmingham. The gala will be emceed by television personality Brenda Ladun. Tickets are available online at www.Top50Over50.com