Urban League of Central Carolinas

Friday, December 14, 2018

Charlotte, N.C. -- The Urban League of Central Carolinas’ annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Gala is one of Charlotte’s premiere fundraising events. This black tie event honors game changers and leaders who exemplify the Urban League’s commitment to the development of diversity in both workforce and philanthropy. Their efforts have made a positive impact and helped create new opportunities for underserved and underemployed individuals. Hosted by WBTVs anchor Christine Sparrow, the

2017 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Gala will commence on Saturday, May 6 2017, from 5-9 p.m. at the Westin Charlotte Hotel.


This year, the Urban League of Central Carolinas is pleased to announce the following Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipients: Anthony Foxx, 17th United States Secretary of Transportation and former Mayor of Charlotte; Michael Elder, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries and Rep. Dr. Alma Adams 12th Congressional District of North Carolina.


“Throughout their public and private lives, the 2017 Whitney M. Young honorees have been "Standing For Opportunity" to ensure access and equity remains achievable for those less fortunate,” said Nicholas Wharton, Urban League of Central Carolinas interim president. “Whether it has been safeguarding the nation's transportation infrastructure, exercising a clarion voice of reason and determination to defend the rights and liberties of  every North Carolinian, or leading an exemplary nonprofit dedicated to improving the economic mobility of our most vulnerable community members, these honorees are truly stellar examples of Whitney M. Young's legacy,” Wharton concluded.


Title sponsor for the event is Carolinas Healthcare System with additional support from Duke Energy, Delhaize/Food Lion, Enterprise, 53, Ally Financial, At&t, Suntrust, PWC, and many more.


For more information about 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Gala, contact Maya Norvel at (704) 373-2256 ex. 219 or maya.norvel@urbanleaguecc.org. Individual tickets are $175 and are available at www.urbanleaguecc.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting John Ham at (704) 373-2256 ex. 208 or john.ham@urbanleaguecc.org.


About the Urban League of Central Carolinas

The Urban League of Central Carolinas is a multi-service, non-profit agency, organized in 1978. Its mission is to empower the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training, placement and entrepreneurship. Our range of programs can benefit anyone in need of education, skills training, career development, employment services, and youth programs. We serve persons from all economic backgrounds. The success of our Continuum of Opportunity Model is enhanced through investments by key community partnerships focused on social mobility and economic opportunity.


About Whitney M. Young, Jr.

(July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was an American civil rights leader. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively worked for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised.


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