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100 Black Men of Louisville Hosts Its First Gala, Raises Nearly $50,000

Organizations whose sole purpose is uplifting and enriching African Americans will always be on our radar.

100 Black Men of Louisville is on a mission to improve the quality of life for the African American residents of metro Louisville by enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

On February 25, the non-profit hosted its first "Night of Excellence Fundraising Gala" at The Seelbach Hotel Hilton Louisville. The evening was emceed by WAVE 3 News’ host Dawne Gee and featured Ken Howard, adjunct professor at Bellarmine University and philanthropist as the guest speaker.

Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing all while raising nearly $50,000, which will be used to complete and establish the first-ever 100 Black Men of Louisville brick-and-mortar location. Among several other uses, the new location will serve as a gathering place for mentees and mentors to meet in person.

“A Night of Excellence is just one of our organization’s events in 2023,” said Reggie Gresham, 100 Black Men of Louisville’s president. “In the coming year, we will continue to expand existing programs and launch new ones to support the Black youth community in Louisville.”

During the event, 100 Black Men of Louisville also honored 13 Black iconic men and women including, DeVone Holt, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Phillip Baker, District 6 Board Member, FYSC worker in JCPS, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Freddie Brown, Chestnut Street YMCA diversity inclusion chair, C.J. Carter, barber, mentor at Newburg Middle School, Realtor, John Hill, Kentucky horse trainer, David James, Deputy Mayor for Mayor Craig Greenberg Administration, Daniel ‘DP’ Price, Simmons College of Kentucky, Girls Basketball Team head coach, Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Louisville Urban League president and CEO, Daryle Unseld, Jr, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentucky, senior master sergeant, Anthony Walker, recruiting and retention senior enlisted leader for the Kentucky Air National Guard, Dr. F. Bruce Williams, senior pastor of Bates Memorial Baptist Church and Sediqua Reynolds, CEO, Perception Institute.

Check out the photos from the event below.


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