What: Houston Area Urban League 50th Anniversary Equal Opportunity Gala
Where: Hilton Americas
The Scoop: More than 1,000 guests joined gala co-chairs John Mingé, Calvin C. Guidry, and honorary chair mayor Sylvester Turner at the Houston Area Urban League’s annual Equal Opportunity Day Gala - “Honoring Our Past … Impacting Our Present…Shaping Our Future.” The sold-out gala served as a power-packed backdrop for the organization’s 50th anniversary of serving Houston’s underserved and disadvantaged. The unforgettable evening raised more than $1 million to continue the Urban League’s work in the Houston community for the next 50 years and beyond. The crowd was serenaded by Regina Belle and national recording artists Ruben Studdard, Chris Walker, and Emmy-award-winning producer Ernest Walker and the Ernest Walker Band.
KPRC’s Khambrel Marshall emceed the evening that honored the Urban League’s half century of service to Houston and culminated in recognizing three outstanding community contributors and leaders for their tireless work and efforts to improve the lives they touch. The recipients were Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University - Honoring our Past Legacy Award Recipient; Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Impacting our Present Living Legend Award Recipient; and Roynell Young, Founder/CEO Pro Vision Academy - Shaping Our Future Empowerment Award Recipient.
Who: Dr. Ruth Simmons, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Roynell Young, Susan Dio, Linda Padon, Richard Campo, Scott Schwinger, Jerry Martin, Judson Robinson, III, Peter and Joanne Linden, Iris Cross, Winell and Doug Herron, Terry and Joycelyn Williams, James and Shavonda Harris, Krystn Page, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., Ryan Colburn, Byron C. Stevenson, Don G. Hudson, Donald Bowers, Doug Coughlin, Ernest Peeples, Gilda Ramirez, Herman Burroughs, Jasmine Turner, Karen Hofmeister, Kerrick Henny, Laurie Vignaud, Marian Harper, Marilyn Boss, Marina Coryat, Michelle Lev,Morris Smith, Pamela McKay, Ralph D. West,Sherman Lewis II, Spring Williams Cox, Terry W. Roberson, Victor Lofton, Walter Strickland,Yolanda Green Barnes .