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36th Annual Black Men Gala


The 36th Annual Black & Gold Gala
Guiding the way for Future Leaders was held at the NY Hilton on February 18th, 2016

Written By Mitchell Acks

We were greeted and treated to two cocktails receptions. There was more selection of 
better wines and liquors. Then we enjoyed our fine dinner in the grand ballroom.
The Mistress of Ceremonies, Sade Baderinwa, WABC-TV, was fine engaging host.
The Honorable Mayor Bill de Blasio came by to lend his continued support. He has helped the 
organization and was proud of their efforts on various programs.
The first honoree was George W. Brooks, United Parcel Service, Inc., President of UPS East 
Region. He worked his way up in UPS career in 1983 first starting as a package handler in 
Georgia and after being promoted into management. He is a director of Chicago Urban 
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. New York County,  District Attorney, also has been actively involved in 
sentencing reform policy, conviction integrity and prosecutorial oversight, and has donated his 
time to the representation of indigent defendants. 
Rodney Williams of Moet-Hennessy, USA, Executive Vice President, was another honoree. 
He could not make it but his staff came to talk about Moet and about him. He is responsible 
for the #1 selling Cognac brand in the US. Before his job at Moet, he lead the marketing team 
behind the innovative launch of OnStar for General Motors.  He leads an active life by sitting 
on the boards of Pkolino LLC, a manufacturer of innovative children's furniture; and Cal 
Humanities, which promotes cultural literacy in partnership with the National Endowment for 
the Humanities.
Member of the Year was given to Horace Barker of Morgan Stanley. He is also a broad 
member of NY City University School of Professional Studies, Foundation Board
Monifa Bandele of MonsRising. org received the Betty Shabazz Community Service 
Award.  She is the Senior Campaign Director for the Food Justice and Children’s Nutrition 
One Hundred Black Men was founded in 1963 by a group of successful African-American 
men that pooled their valuable resources to impact the Black community. The organization 
provides scholarships, educational support, economic empowerment, mentoring, health and 
wellness initiatives, and serves as an overall voice of the African American community.
The funds raised by their gala, golf and tennis and other ways helps provided $100,000 in 
college scholarships to 51 talented graduating students from a dozen New York City public 
high schools at a ceremony earlier this summer at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
Another valuable resource and program is their Eagle Academy Foundation 
(, which has launched six secondary schools serving 2,000 students located 
in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Students at these all-male public schools are 
predominately African-American and Latino with approximately 75% of students qualifying for 
free and reduced-price lunch, indicating the majority are from low-income households living at 
or below the poverty line. The Eagle graduation rate is 78% compared to 50% in NYC and 
52% nationally for African American and Latino males. 100% of Eagle graduates were 
accepted into college in 2013 – 2014. 
Many utilize their annual Economic Empowerment Summit to increase MWBE utilization and 
The Holiday Hunger Relief program works with community and corporate partners to deliver 
healthy meals to residents and their families during the holiday season. In late November and 
early December, One Hundred Black Men distributes thousands of meals to families of four 
which qualify for WIC or SNAP. Over the past three years, we have served over 25,000 low-
income families in New York. 
More about the organization and programs can be be found on their website and their 
following link:


The 36th Annual Black & Gold Gala: Guiding the way for Future Leaders
was held at the NY Hilton on February 18th, 2016.


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