NEW YORK – One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York (OHBM) President, Fitzgerald Miller, welcomed 500 guests to the New York Hilton Grand Ballroom on Thursday, February 27th for the organization’s 34th Annual Benefit Gala, the theme of which was, "Empowering Communities through Health & Wellness and Economic Initiatives." The benefit awards dinner honored four of the country’s most dynamic civic and business leaders:
· Gail Grimmett, Senior Vice President-New York, Delta Air Lines
· The Hon. Basil A. Paterson, Partner, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein
· William F. Pickard, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Global Automotive Alliance
· Rev. Hilton O. Smith, Senior Vice President, National Community Affairs at Turner Construction Company
Derrick Barnes of New York Life and OHBM Board Member was honored as Mentor of the Year.
Peter J. Davoren, President & Chief Executive Officer, Turner Construction Company, served as Corporate Co-Chair and Gala Co-Chairs were Michael J. Garner and Robert B. Brown.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was honored with the Economic Development Award which was accepted by Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary & Counsel for Civil Rights.
Former Gov. David Paterson accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father, former New York State Senator and Secretary of State, Basil Paterson, who was unable to attend the ceremonies.
Dari Alexander, anchor of Fox 5 News and David Ushery, anchor/reporter and host of NBC 4’s The Debrief, served as co-emcees of the black tie fundraiser that featured a cocktail reception followed by dinner, program and dancing.
Among the esteemed guests were former Mayor David Dinkins, Richard Anderson, Ed Cox, Michael and Mary Jack, Peter Davoren, and Mike Woods. There was also a special performance by Meli’sa Morgan.
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 and more recently, Eagle Academies have opened in Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, NJ, and Harlem.