The 2013 Urban League Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Gala is one of the premiere fundraising events in Charlotte and surrounding region. This black-tie event spotlights those area champions who have invested their time, talent and treasure in developing this community’s workforce to help create new opportunities for underserved and underemployed individuals. The 2013 Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Gala will commence on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Omni Charlotte Hotel.
This year, the Urban League of Central Carolinas is pleased and honored to announce the following Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipients; Herb and Felicia Gray, local philanthropists and founders of The Gray Classic Golf Tournament; Eric Watson, Community Diversity Champion, and Congressman Mel Watt.
Herb and Felicia Gray have been longtime supporters of the Urban League of Central Carolinas. Their many charitable endeavors are proof of their outstanding community involvement. From founding The Gray Classic Golf Tournament, which supports the programming for local area youth, to their annual holiday soiree, which benefits agencies that assist veterans, women in transition and other underserved individuals, the Grays have exhibited unwavering commitment to giving back and selflessly serve as champions for the community.
Eric Watson, has worked tirelessly to assist in developing partnerships between agencies and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion throughout the Carolinas. Having presence on the Boards of Directors for the Urban League of Central Carolinas, Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Next Generation Network (NGN), the Conference Board Council on Work Force Diversity and Livingstone College, Watson strives for widespread diversity and inclusion.
Congressman Mel Watt serves in the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 12th Congressional District. Watt became one of only two African Americans elected to Congress from North Carolina in the 20th century. He is a longtime supporter of the Urban League of Central Carolinas and the Charlotte community. Watt continuously works toward improving issues he finds significant such as, poverty, HIV/AIDS and other health matters, finance, human rights, law enforcement, genocide and the environment. He is a life member of the NAACP, member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Financial Services Committee.
“The Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards have been a staple in Charlotte’s philanthropic community for over two decades,” says Dr. Patrick C. Graham, President and CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas.”We are excited to have the opportunity to honor four individuals who have shown an unwavering commitment to Urban League initiatives that benefit the community at large.”
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