Philip Banks, Jr., president of the One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City announced that the organization will salute some of the country’s most dynamic civic and business leaders at its 31st Annual Benefit Gala, the theme of which is, “Investing in Ourselves─Making our Own Tomorrow.”
The benefit awards dinner, to be held tomorrow in the New York Hilton Grand Ballroom, honors:
·Matilda Raffa Cuomo, founder and chairperson, Mentoring USA, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Service in Mentoring;
·Scarlet Pressley-Brown, director of External Affairs & Community Relations at Delta Air Lines and vice president of the Delta Air Lines Foundation, with the Champion of Diversity Award; and
·Glenn Rice, president, East Region, UPS, with the Corporate Citizen Award.
Myron Williams, vice president, Business Development, UPS, and a member of the One Hundred Black Men, will be saluted as Mentor of the Year.
Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of My9 News for WWOR-TV’s 11:00 p.m. newscast Brenda Blackmon and Fox 5’s meteorologist Mike Woods will serve as co-emcees of the black tie fundraiser that features a sponsor’s reception at 6:30 p.m. Awards presentations and dinner start at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.
During the reception there will be a photo opportunity with the honorees along with the president of the One Hundred Black Men, Inc., Philip Banks, Jr. and honored guests.
“As we come together to celebrate the One Hundred Black Men, Inc.’s 31st annual benefit, our honorees could not be more exemplary of our theme: Investing in Ourselves─Making our Own Tomorrow,” said Banks.
“We have forged successful partnerships with each of our honorees and the organizations and corporations that they represent. We are delighted to be in the beginning stages of an alliance with Mentoring USA that will train Black male mentors for deployment at public schools throughout New York City and eventually throughout the country.
“Delta Air Lines has proven itself to be a champion for education and a prime supporter of The Eagle Academy for Young Men and UPS is not only a long-time supporter of One Hundred Black Men, but is the leading corporate mentor for students at the Eagle Academy for Young Men, fielding the largest number of employee volunteers of all our partners,” Banks noted.