Friday, February 27, 2015

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York Hosts 35th Annual Benefit Gala Honoring Business and Civic Leaders

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Will Brown Jr., Gala Co-Chair; Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff; Phil Banks III, Honoree;
Michael J. Garner, President, OHBM; Robert B. Brown, 3rd VP, OHBM and CFO, New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY—The Board of Directors of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. (OHBM) of New York honored seven business and civic leaders at the organization’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala held on Thursday, February 19. Nearly 500 guests attended the gala at the New York Hilton Hotel that honored Torrence Boone, Global Head of Agency Sales & Services, Google; Duane C. Farrington, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, State Farm; Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Hon. Charles B. Rangel, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives; Amar’e Stoudemire, professional basketball player, six-time All-Star New York Knicks power forward, actor, author, producer, motivational speaker and philanthropist; Gary Smalls, recognized as Mentor of the Year;” and Former NYPD Chief of Department Phillip Banks III who received a special surprise award – The Robert J. Mangum Founders’ Award.

“It is my distinct privilege to join you tonight to celebrate 52 years of leadership, advocacy and community service, by honoring individuals whose professional leadership, service and empathy for others are consistent with the mission and vision of our founders and the core values of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York,” said Michael J. Garner, recently named president of the group.

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Honorees Torrence Boone and Carla A. Harris

The audience was wowed by remarks from Brenton James, 2014 valedictorian for the Eagle Academy for Young Men (an OHBM-founded school) who was accepted to each of the 21 colleges to which he applied, and who attends the University of Pennsylvania as the first student in Eagle Academy history to be accepted into an Ivy League institution. He stated, “I understand that there are a number of business professionals in the room. I’m sure that the term “return on investment” is often mentioned in your workplace. My name is Brenton James and I stand before you as your return on investment and my value appreciates each day. ”

WBLS Radio Personality Shaila Scott and Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Good Day New York, WNYW Fox5, were co-emcees of the black tie fundraiser that featured a cocktail reception followed by dinner and an awards program. The after-party entertainment was provided by R&B super group The Force MDs.

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Michael Jones-Bey, Director, Supplier Diversity, Con Edison; Dr. Rudy Crew, President, Medgar Evers College;
Hon. Kevin Parker, NYS Senator; Steven A. Board, Executive Director, OHBM of NY; Michael J. Garner,
President, OHBM; Hilton O. Smith, OHBM Board Member and Senior VP, Turner Construction Company

Gala Co-Chairs were Robert B. Brown, CFO, New York Yankees and Will Brown, Jr., President, Brown Companies And Associates, Inc. The Gala Committee included John H. Austin, Jr., Steven A. Board, Frederick E. Davis, Jr., Anthony Dupree, Aldrin K. Enis, Michael J. Garner, James Harrison, T. Terrence McKinney, Kaliv Parker, and Hilton O. Smith.

Among the guests were Hon. David Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, Councilmember Inez Dickens, NYS Chief Diversity Officer Mecca Santana, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Assemblyman Walter Mosley, and Hazel Dukes.

About One Hundred Black Men of New York

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York 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 empowerment. The organization has a long and successful history of 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. Eagle Academies have since opened in Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, NJ, and Harlem.

For more information, call 212-777-7070 or visit

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dance Theatre of Harlem Hosts 2015 Vision Gala

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Arthur Mitchell Vision Award Honoree Jessye Norman with Dance Theatre of Harlem School students

Black tie event raised $500,000 for scholarships, arts education and community programming

NEW YORK, NY – Dance Theatre of Harlem’s most prominent fundraising event of the year honored three individuals for their commitment to the arts, and featured performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Held on February 24th at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Vision Gala benefited the Next Generation Fund, which provides scholarships and financial assistance to the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and the Community Engagement Fund, supporting arts education and community programs.

The gala honored Grammy-Award winning opera singer Jessye Norman with the Arthur Mitchell Vision Award; Theodore Bartwink (post-humously) and the Harkness Center for Dance with the Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Family Foundation Medal; and Virtuoso Award Honorees Mario Baeza and Under Armour, Inc.

The evening began with a reception, followed by dinner with a menu of lobster salad, filet mignon and an assortment of desserts, including lemon meringue with strawberries and chocolate souffle with raspberries and cream. The event concluded with dancing at the post-gala party.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Board Chair Michael Armstrong; Leanne Fremar,
Head of the Women's Division at Under Armour, Inc., which received the Virtuoso Award;
ESPN's Hannah Storm; and Board Vice Chair Leslie Wims Morris

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Company dancers with Virtuoso Honoree Mario Baeza

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Valentino Carlotti, Senior Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Sherry Bronfman;
Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and Company dancer Francis Lawrence;
Gloria Steinem; and Jessye Norman

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Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Jessye Norman and Guest

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Dance Theatre of Harlem School students

Visit the website for more information on the 2015 New York season, April 8-11:

Photo credit: Joseph Rodman

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Apollo Theater Holds Fifth Annual Dining with the Divas Luncheon

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Yvonne McNair, Aisha McShaw, Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Jeanine Liburd and
Harriette Cole attend Apollo Theater’s 2015 Dining with the Divas Luncheon

Fundraiser Celebrating the Achievements of Extraordinary Women in Media, Music, Fashion and Business Raises $325,000 For Non-Profit Theater’s Artistic Education and Community Programs

Harlem, NY – On Thursday, February 12th, the world famous Apollo Theater hosted its fifth annual Dining with the Divas luncheon, a fundraiser celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of women in the arts and in business. This year’s event raised $325,000 and will support emerging artists, education, and community programs that reach underserved children and students, and enable the Apollo to continue to serve as a town hall that both celebrates the community’s accomplishments and spotlights it challenges.

Jonelle Procope, Apollo president & CEO, kicked off the afternoon with welcome remarks and an introduction of this year’s event co-chairs, Carolyn Minick Mason, Jacqueline Nickelberry and Michelle Gadsden-Williams. The focus of this year’s Divas event was women, the arts, and activism. Debra Martin Chase, television and film producer; Lisa Quiroz, Time Warner’s Chief Diversity Officer & SVP of Corporate Responsibility and actress Tamara Tunie each gave insightful presentations about the importance of arts and activism.

Held on the Apollo’s iconic stage, where legendary Divas such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight have enchanted audiences, Divas offers participants an opportunity to connect with some of the country’s most powerful, accomplished, and influential women. Attendees included Yolanda Ferrell-Brown, Majora Carter, Mercedes Cotchery, Lesley Goldwasser, Carla Harris, Adrienne Johnson, Star Jones, Erika Liles, Crystal McCrary, Geraldine Moriba, Brooke Neidich, Dr. Holly Phillips, Karen Phillips, Deborah Roberts, Jennifer Scully-Lerner, Bevy Smith, Susan Taylor, and Josie Thomas.

“For many reasons, Dining with the Divas is one of my favorite events of the season. This is a moment for the Apollo to spotlight women impacting the world through their work,” said Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, Apollo Theater. “This year, the Apollo’s programming will bring many extraordinary women to the Theater in a variety of arts forms, which is very exciting and today we kicked off a year of celebrating women.”

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Bevy Smith, Caralene Robinson, Wendy Washington and Renee Billy

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Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi, Pamela Newkirk, Tracey Kemble, Debra Martin Chase, Joan
Morgan and Carol Sutton Lewis

The Apollo also announced during the event the official launch of the Apollo Women’s Committee, a new initiative that will engage a dynamic and diverse group of women year-round with activities that address issues which affect women and children and educate members on Apollo artistic and community programs. The Committee is entirely volunteer driven and each year the membership will choose the Apollo program(s) to invest in. More information about the Women’s Committee will be available at a later date.

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Stacy McCann, Michelle Green, Lori Fouche, Laura San Miguel and
Carolyn Minick Mason 

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Brooke Garber Neidich, Daniella Vitale and Monique Péan

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Sponsors for Divas include Barneys New York, Citi, Credit Suisse, Hearst Corporation, Prudential and Morgan Stanley. Visit the Apollo Theater website at

Press release/Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt, PatrickMcMullan

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Giving Traditions of African Americans Focus of New Exhibit at Johnson C. Smith University

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CHARLOTTE, NC — The groundbreaking exhibition Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited will open in celebration of Black History Month on February 20 in the James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University. The traveling exhibition will explore the African-American philanthropy experience and giving traditions grounded in faith, mutuality, responsibility and social justice.

The exhibition will illustrate Black philanthropy through highly innovative presentations, including luminous photographic prints on metal, video, iPad kiosks and interactive digital apps featuring music, poetry, photography, narratives and more. It will be comprised of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images that depict Black philanthropy across generations.

The images and stories composing the exhibit are from the book that inspired the exhibition, “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropists” by author Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles Thomas. Monika Rhue, library director at JCSU, serves as project manager for the exhibit’s grant-funded tour, and Jen Crickenberger is the exhibition designer.

“Centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving, though rarely acknowledged as ‘philanthropy’ in African-American communities, have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society,” Fullwood said.

“African Americans are often left out of the conversation around philanthropy unless fame and wealth are associated, or they are being portrayed only as beneficiaries or people in need,” said Fullwood. “But African Americans actually give a higher percentage of their discretionary income to charitable causes than any other racial group in this country. This exhibition will help reframe the discussion and reclaim the root meaning of the word philanthropy, which is ‘love of what it means to be human.’”

The exhibition will be on display through mid-April at JCSU’s library before traveling for at least two years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and cultural institutions across the South and other regions. In addition to the exhibition, corresponding public programs will allow groups to explore a broad range of topics related to philanthropy, including HBCU giving, the influence of faith on generosity, the influence of identity and culture on giving, and collective giving. To schedule a guided tour and learn more about programs and educational forums, email the campus library at

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Exhibition-related Programs • Friday, February 20

Careers in Philanthropy, JCSU Student Union

Professionals working in the field of philanthropy will speak with students about career options and paths. The panel discussion will be moderated by Meka Sales, Program Officer, The Duke Endowment and a member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists.

Nelson Bowman III, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
Tracey Greene-Dorsett, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC
Veronica Hemmingway, Triangle Community Foundation, Durham, NC
Edward Jones, ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives), New York, NY
Decker Ngongang, Frontline Solutions, Washington, DC
LaDawn Sullivan, The Denver Foundation, Denver, CO

Hip-Hop, Philanthropy and Conscious Giving: Paths and Possibilities on Campuses and in Communities Shaped by Music, Culture, Youth and Social Movements, JCSU Student Union
1:30PM – 3:00PM

This discussion will center on how hip-hop artists and entertainers give back to communities in various ways, offering a way for students to look at how their time, talent and treasure can impact their community right now and in the future. The discussion will be moderated by Kwain Bryant, founder, program developer and training specialist with Empowerment Exchange.

Albert M. Carter, M.Ed., Founder/Mentor/Teacher Hip Hop University, Charlotte, NC
Preach Jacobs, Hip-Hop Artist, Journalist and Founder of Cola-Con, Columbia, SC
Konata Nicholson (DJ Knotts), Founder, Hip-Hop Gives Back, Atlanta, GA
Yasmin Young, Morning Show Co-Host, WPEG Power 98, Charlotte, NC

Exhibit Opening: A Legacy of Philanthropy with Author A'Lelia Bundles 
Grimes Lounge and James B. Duke Memorial Library at JCSU

Featuring guest speaker A’Lelia Bundles, author and great-great-granddaughter of iconic entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker; musical artist Tyrone Jefferson and Sign of the Times; gallery tours; book signings; savory and sweet treats; and myriad of performances. RSVP.

After events on opening day, a series of scheduled programs at venues across Charlotte will accompany the exhibition during its local run. Catherine McElvane, the exhibit’s Cultural Educator, is responsible for program development and coordination. During Charlotte’s college basketball tournament week this month, the project will host the program below.

Wednesday, February 25

HBCUs and Black Giving in the 21st Century, Mint Museum-UPTOWN

Moderated by Thomas Joyner Jr, President and CEO, Tom Joyner Foundation, the discussion aims to generate fresh ideas and bold strategies for bringing resources to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in a new era of philanthropy and donor engagement.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Insider: Tammy King, National President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

In 1938, Marion Stubbs Thomas gathered a group of 20 African-American mothers in Philadelphia to create an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for their children. Now 77 years later, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has grown to over 230 chapters, representing over 40,000 families nationwide. The membership-based organization incorporates leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty to nurture future African-American leaders.

Headquartered in the historic Strivers Row neighborhood in Washington, DC, Jack and Jill is led by Tammy King, the organization’s 24th national president. In her welcome letter to families she expressed excitement about three new Jack and Jill programs launching this year – early childhood literacy, cradle to college initiative and a collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund.

Read on to learn how philanthropic giving is incorporated into their mission, how the organization supports the Black family, and a common misperception people have about Jack and Jill.

Tell us about your role at Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

As National President, I lead our national executive board in guiding the nation’s premier African-American family organization. I also serve as primary spokesperson for the organization, ensuring that we use our collective power to influence legislation and policies that improve the conditions for children and families. My leadership role in the organization began in my local chapter in Bergen County, New Jersey. I saw early on what a difference this iconic organization made in the community. At the same time, I discovered the enduring impact our efforts had on our children who grew up understanding the need to give back to those less fortunate. I knew that this was the message I wanted to spread nationwide.

Your mission incorporates volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. How is this accomplished?

Jack and Jill consists of 234 chapters located in communities across the nation. Each of these chapters incorporates service in their local programming, which includes involving children of all ages and parents in efforts that help the community. Every chapter is also required to contribute annually to our philanthropic arm, the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which was one of the first foundations established by African-Americans. Through the foundation, we award grants to worthy non-profits such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America whose missions support bettering conditions for children and families and developing the leadership potential in our youth. From a national perspective, we define a legislative agenda which activates our membership to advocate for legislation that helps children.

How does Jack and Jill support the Black family?

Since our founding in 1938, we have focused on five programmatic thrusts that we believe benefit Black families. By delivering educational, cultural, civic, recreational, health and social programs, the most important thing we do is help families raise children who are self-confident, well prepared and ready to lead. Our distinguished alumni include such notables as John Ridley, Academy Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Both are wonderful examples of how Jack and Jill graduates are making a difference in the world.

Jack and Jill recently hosted “No Cell Phone Day” to encourage early childhood literacy and parent involvement. Share more about this initiative.

To kick off 2015, the organization sponsored No Cell Phone Day. The purpose was to encourage parents and other adults to put their cell phones aside and to dedicate focused time with children. The day was inspired by the children’s book by the same title by African-American author Delfeayo Marsalis and illustrated by Reginald William Butler. We brought the story to life for children across the nation through our Bedtime Stories series, which is an early childhood literacy initiative that provides a unique resource of stories that entertain, promote self-esteem, support language development and simply make reading fun for pre-k through 3rd grade children. The program also taps into the organization’s focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) by inviting children from across the nation to participate in a live webinar with the author of a children’s book. We thought that No Cell Phone Day was a timely topic because as busy moms and dads, we often are tied to our cell phones. This wonderfully written story reminds us of the value of spending quality time with those we hold dear without the interruption of texting, tweeting or chatting.

What is a common misperception that people have about Jack and Jill?

Some people may not know that Jack and Jill is committed to seeking for all children the same advantages we desire for our own. While we are a select membership organization, our work extends beyond our members to the communities and families where we live. We are very proud of the legacy of service we have and the work we do to improve the lives of children and families.

Anything else you'd like to share?

It’s as important as ever that we focus on preparing and protecting our children. They deserve quality education, safe neighborhoods, adequate health care and equal opportunities to grow up and achieve their dreams. As individuals and organizations, we need to take the time to create nurturing environments for children to grow, develop and thrive. That’s Jack and Jill’s mission, and we truly believe we have the Power to Make a Difference.

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Visit the website at

Jackie Robinson Foundation Celebrates Living Legacy of Jackie Robinson

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Gregg Gonsalves, Della Britton Baeza, Rachel Robinson, Amber and CC Sabathia

Chairman’s Award presented to Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation, Amber and CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation

NEW YORK, NY – On January 15, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) celebrated Jackie Robinson’s 96th birthday (January 31, 2015) with a special event that paid tribute to three organizations that have promoted the values embodied in the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. At the celebration, JRF Founder Rachel Robinson, JRF’s Chairman of the Board Gregg Gonsalves, and JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza honored Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation, CC and Amber Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation, and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, touting the profound impact that each of these non-profit organizations have had on the community.

Morgan Stanley and Major League Baseball sponsored the event held at the JRF headquarters, located directly above the future site of the Jackie Robinson Museum in lower Manhattan, New York City. Emceed by Emmy-winning WNBC-TV sports anchor Harry Cicma, Mr. Gonsalves and Ms. Britton Baeza presented the Chairman's Award to Yolanda Jimenez, Executive Director of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation (who accepted on behalf of Alice and Joe Torre), Amber and CC Sabathia, founders of the PitCCh In Foundation, and Sharlee Jeter, President, Dr. Charles Jeter, Vice Chairman, and Dorothy Jeter, Treasurer, of Turn 2 Foundation. Andy Saperstein, Managing Director and Head of Investment Products and Services, represented Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Thomas Brasuell, Vice President of Community Affairs, represented Major League Baseball.

“Through Safe At Home’s efforts to educate kids on and eradicate domestic abuse; the PitCCh In Foundation’s projects that greatly enrich the lives of inner city teens, and the Turn 2 Foundation’s 20 years of work to motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol, promote healthy lifestyles and provide educational opportunities, these honorees have contributed and continue to contribute mightily to our society,” said Mr. Gonsalves. “The founders, boards and staff of these three organizations don’t just sit in the stands, they make a difference.”

“We are honored to be recognized for the work that we do in the community. Jackie Robinson’s life and his wife Rachel inspire us to strive to make a positive impact in the lives of as many youth as we possibly can,” said Amber and CC Sabathia, who together accepted the honor as co-founders of the PitCCh In Foundation.

“Being recognized by the Jackie Robinson Foundation for our efforts makes both of us very proud, along with our entire Safe At Home team,” said Joe Torre, co-founder, with his wife Ali, of the Safe At Home Foundation. “Improving the lives of others is a legacy that Jackie Robinson left us. He is remembered as one of the most important people in our lifetime, and will remain so for generations to come.”

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Dr. Charles Jeter, Dorothy Jeter, Sharlee Jeter, Rachel Robinson, Della Britton Baeza and Gregg Gonsalves

“For more than 40 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has worked with underserved populations to advance higher education and leadership development: two cornerstones as well of the Turn 2 Foundation. That is why I am so proud of our longstanding partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and so honored to receive this award,” said Sharlee Jeter, President of the Turn 2 Foundation. “The Turn 2 Foundation and its Jeter’s Leaders are not only part of Derek’s legacy – they are part of Jackie Robinson’s extended legacy, as well.”

Rachel Robinson closed the evening, thanking attendees for supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation, her husband’s living legacy, and appealed to the guests to become engaged in the Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Museum project, which needs $7 million more in contributions to open its doors to supplement the $18 million that has been raised to-date. “This event would surely have made Jackie proud,” said Robinson.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson as a meaningful way to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority students. In addition to financial assistance, the nonprofit foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including extensive, hands-on mentoring, internship placement, career guidance and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The over 1,450 JRF alumni are leaders in their professional fields and active ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's legacy of community service. Since its founding, JRF has provided over $65 million to support students who have attended over 100 different colleges and universities across the country.

Source: Press release/Photos: John Vecchiolla

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

32nd Annual Black Creativity Gala Celebrates Innovative Contributions of African Americans

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LaRue Martin, Toni Waller and Diane and Kevin Martin attend the annual Black Creativity Gala.
(Photo: John Wheeler/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

Chicago’s African American leaders raise $500,000 in support of Black Creativity programming at the Museum of Science and Industry

By Sandra C. Davis, Contributor

CHICAGO, IL - On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) hosted its 32nd annual Black Creativity Gala with nearly 750 guests. Funds raised supported the museum’s Black Creativity initiative, which aims to inspire African American children to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering, through programs and events. The gala was co-chaired by Cheryl Harris, senior vice president of Allstate Insurance Company and Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, in collaboration with the Black Creativity Advisory Committee – a group of prominent Chicago African American leaders.

As guests arrived they were greeted with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and pop-up science stations led by youths in the Science Achievers program. Guests were then led to the 2015 Juried Art Exhibition, the longest running exhibit of African American art in the nation featuring more than 100 original works by high school students, emerging and established artists. Walter Massey, Ph.D., president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago served as both Chair and Trustee of the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition subcommittee.

Highlights of the evening featured a performance by the Soul Children of Chicago at the cocktail reception and an “Around the World” dinner theme with inspired fare and décor from Rome, New Orleans, Paris, New Delhi and more. Throughout the evening, guests explored the entire museum with music by The MoFitz Project and DJ Lil’ John.

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Linda and Carleton Nolan, and Cheryl Harris (Photo: JB Spector/Museum of Science and Industry)

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Event hosts Michelle Relerford and Byron Miranda, both of NBC 5 Chicago (Photo: JB Spector)

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The Soul Children of Chicago sang a rendition of the hit song "Happy" along with African and gospel music.
(Photo: JB Spector)

Black Creativity 2015 was presented by Allstate Insurance Company and co-sponsored by ComEd. Learn more about Black Creativity at