On August 9th, 2016 at the New York Chapter of the National Urban Fellows (NUF) hosted a one-night fundraiser at the famous Gotham Comedy Club. The event featured Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. and five up-and-rising NYC based comedians: Vince Chang, Kerry Coddett, Vince August, David Suarez, Michelle Felice Hartley and Alex Barnett. The comedic all-star line up took a break from their day – for Mr. Wood Jr., his ‘night job’ at the Daily Show with Trevor Noah to head the First Annual NUF Fundraiser and Comedy Show at Gotham Comedy Club. The show benefited the incoming cohort of 16 students enrolled in the 2016-2017 National Urban Fellows program. Read The Rest
On Saturday, July 29th, the 5th Annual Smaltz Foundation Summer Fundraiser was held in Long Island, NY. Better known as Ken’s Backyard BBQ Bash, the annual event was held to raise funds in support for people with dementia. As is customary for this event, folks came dressed in their “backyard best” to dance to the sounds of PhearNone (Violin/DJ) and take advantage of fabulous live and silent auction items. Leonard E. Burnett Jr. of Uptown magazine served as the co-chair for the event that was hosted by Toni Belafonte.
500+ New York and national movers and shakers gathered at the New York Marriott Marquis Grand Ballroom last Thursday for the 50th Anniversary celebration and 33rd Annual Benefit Gala as One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City (OHBM) saluted five national civic and business leaders:
- The Hon. David N. Dinkins, Former New York City Mayor and One Hundred Black Men Founder
- The Hon. H. Carl McCall, Former New York State Comptroller and Chairman, Board of Trustees, SUNY
- Kevin Newell, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Brand Officer, McDonald’s Corporation
- Vivian Pickard, President of GM Foundation, General Motors Corporation
- James Reynolds, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Loop Capital Markets
- Eytone Ruiz, Andrew Lyttle and Tochukwu Agouji were honored as Mentors of the Year.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) held its Vision 2013 Gala honoring actress/singer Vanessa L. Williams on February 26th at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City. The Vision Gala raised $585,000 and the proceeds will benefit the Next Generation Fund and the Community Engagement Fund.
The evening’s honorary chair was Chelsea Clinton, with Valentino D. Carlotti – Goldman, Sachs & Co as Grand Gala Sponsor, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and his wife Lisa, and Hollywood power couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil as co-chairs. WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa served as the special guest host.