Monday, March 5, 2012


Dance Theatre of Harlem performs at its “Vision Gala” fund-raiser
Last Tuesday night at the Mandarin Oriental on Columbus Circle, Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrated its 43rd anniversary with a black tie “Vision Gala” fund-raiser, honoring Harry Belafonte.
There were performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem ensemble and students from the School. Lynn Whitfield was Honorary Chair of the evening. Soledad O’Brien was special guest host.
Mashea Ashton and Kendrick Ashton
Harry Belafonte and Lynn Whitfield
Judy Tyrus, Valerie Simmons, and Charmaine Warren
Barbara Lowe, Nancy Shearer, and Beulah Brown
Christine Gavin Patterson
Misty Copeland, Ashani Mfuko, and Fredy Mfuko
Lori Hall Armstrong and Michael Armstrong
Caral Craig, Virginia Johnson, Arthur Mitchell, Misty Copeland, and Jessye Norman
Isabel Kallman, Leslie Wims Morris, and Anne Robinson
Amanda Gee and Geneva Manley
Steven Moskowitz and Anne Robinson
Ken Smaltz and Joy Ragsdale
Hayley Filsinger, Yvonne Sain, and Adam Holms
Shena and Richard Clarke
Peter Sung and Stephanie Gin
Soledad O'Brien, Lynn Whitfield, and Misty Copeland
Meredith and Yolanda Marshall
Last Thursday night, Philip Banks, Jr., President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City, welcomed 600 guests to the New York Hilton Grand Ballroom last week to honor some of the country's most dynamic civic and business leaders at the organization's 32nd Annual Benefit Gala, themed "A Commitment to Excellence."

Among the esteemed guests in attendance were former Deputy Secretary of State Clifton Wharton, Jr.; former NYC Mayor and Mrs. David N. Dinkins; former NYC Comptroller William Thompson and incumbent Comptroller Hon. John Liu; New York State Senator Kevin Parker, CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King; actor Blair Underwood, NYS NAACP Conference Chair Hazel Dukes, New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, New York State Senator Malcolm Smith, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chancellor of The City University of New York Matthew Goldstein and CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Jay Hershenson; along with hundreds more.
One Hundred Black Men, Inc. attracted 600 guests to the New York Hilton Grand Ballroom
Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of My9 TV's The 10 O'clock News Brenda Blackmon, Fox 5's meteorologist Mike Woods and Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff, 2nd Vice President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York served as co-emcees of the fundraiser which saluted:

Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack, with the Trailblazer Award;
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA-CREF with the Global Economic Achievement Award;
Michelle Y. Lee, EVP, Northeast Region President, Community Banking, Wells Fargo with the Corporate Achievement Award;
Mike Muse, CEO, Muse Recordings with the Artistic Achievement Award; and
Dennis Walcott, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education with the Educational Champion Award.

Jessie Wooten was also honored as Mentor of the Year.
Members of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York
Loida Lewis, Chairwoman & CEO, TLC Beatrice, LLC, attended the gala as a special guest and awarded $100,000 in scholarships to five 17-year-old students selected from the Junior One Hundred Program, a new 12-week leadership and life skills development program which also provided opportunities to earn college scholarships.

The students who submitted winning business plans are Julio Trujillo of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School; Ramel McIntosh of Queens Preparatory High School; Kwasi Atiba of Bedford Academy; Akil Hollington of the Eagle Academy and Nicholas Legare also from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School. Each student won $20,000.
Lewis Scholarship presentation to Ramel McIntosh, Akil Hollington, Kwasi Atiba, Julio Trujillo, and Nicholas Legare
"I congratulate the 32nd Anniversary Gala Honorees who have each demonstrated the commitment to excellence that we embrace as a theme for our community and for ourselves," said Mr. Banks.

"A commitment to excellence is a pledge and a promise to live our lives in an outstanding fashion, to be eminently good, to be superior in the daily tasks we assume and to continue in the journey of service to our communities, our families and our children. Each of them has lived that commitment to excellence." Mr. Banks added.

The Gala Committee was co-chaired by Michael J. Garner and Hilton O. Smith. Gala Committee members were: Philip Banks, Jr., Will Brown, Jr., Curtiss Jacobs, Tyrone McKinney, Fitzgerald Miller, Sadiq Murray, Mark Smith, and Myron Williams.
Senator Malcolm Smith with Eagle Academy students
One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City was founded in 1963 when a group of successful African-American men came together to pool their resources to positively impact the Black community.

One Hundred Black Men, Inc.'s service projects focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development. The organization has a long and successful history working with its corporate and community partners to make significant differences in the lives of the communities it serves. A celebrated example is the establishment of The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, with a focus on academic excellence, leadership and character development and more recently, Eagle Academies have opened in Brooklyn and Queens. Proceeds from the Annual Benefit Galas raise funds to support the programs of the One Hundred Black Men, Inc. New York City.
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Honoree, (Global Economic Achievement Award)
Blair Underwood with Sylvia and Byron Lewis
Jessie Wooten, Mentor of the Year
Michelle Y. Lee, Honoree (Corporate Achievement Award)
Dennis Walcott, Chancellor of NY Department of Education
Brenda Blackmon
Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., Hon. Robert J. Mangum, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Reverend Jacques DeGraff
Mike Muse, Honoree (Artistic Achievement Award), with Loida Lewis (Scholarship presenter)
Robin Verges and Freida Foster-Tolbert
Cheryl McKissack Daniel (Honoree- Trailblazer Award)
Gayle King and Bill Thompson
Philip Banks, Jr., Loida Lewis, and Hon. David N. Dinkins
Esther Silver-Parker and Paul Busby
Buddy Johnson, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, and Curtis Simmons
Mike Woods
Last Wednesday night Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a "Leap Year" cocktail party at their Park Avenue apartment.
Jim Gray, Christine Gray, and Martin Shafiroff
Christine Biddle and Lavinia Snyder
Sharon Bush, Felicia Taylor, and Christine Biddle
Tia Walker and Ann Lawlor
Melanie Wambold, Leandro Justen, and Peachy Deegan
Barbara de Portago and Ann Rapp
Chiu-Ti Jansen, Melissa Berkelhammer, Liliana Cavendish, Barbara Regna, Kathleen Giordano, and Dr. Penny Grant
Elizabeth Shafiroff and Alison Zimmerman
Barbara Regna, Fe Fendi, and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane
Hope Kessler, Betsy McCaughey, and Nancy Jane Loewy
Leila Heller and Tomaczeck Bednarek
Mario Buatta and Dennis Karr
Hilary Heard and George Gurley
Nancy Silberkleit, Dr. Bob Grant, Dr. Penny Grant, and Kathleen Giordano
Jerry and Suzan Kremer
Michele Gerber Klein, Melanie Wambold, and Christine Gray
Stephen Henderson and James La Force
Jonathan Marder, Marjorie Gordon, and Ellery Gordon
Motti Namdar and Ben Mindich
Phillip Pirro, Marilyn Pirro, and Greg Kan
Richard and Donna Soloway
Jean Shafiroff and Barbara Regna
Jo Hallingby and Larry Kaiser
Lenny and Betsy Schuster
Lee and CeCe Black
Marianne Burtuna and Lisa Evers
Dawne Marie Grannum
Amy Hoadley and Victor de Souza
Christine Gray, Liz Peek, and Elizabeth Stribling
Susan Lautin and Federico Wasserman
Maggie Norris
Jean Shafiroff, CeCe Black, Fe Fendi, and Patricia Shiah
Christine Biddle and Roy Kean

Photographs by (Leap Year & Harlem Dance).
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