|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|"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.
|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.
|Last Wednesday night Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a "Leap Year" cocktail party at their Park Avenue apartment.|