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100 Black Men of Chicago’s 14th Annual Benefit Gala & Awards - May 7th

Honoring Four for the Future: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment

CHICAGO, IL April 5, 2011 - On Saturday, May 7, 2011 the 100 Black Men of Chicago, will host its 14th Annual Benefit Gala and Awards Program “Honoring Four for the Future: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment” to be held at the Hyatt Regency - Grand Ballroom: East Tower from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

The Gala is the organization’s most prominent fundraiser of the year, benefiting thousands of Chicagoland school children. This year’s theme “Honoring Four for the Future” highlights 100 BMC’s work, primarily in four areas: Mentoring, where they employ a “mentor-network” or “mentor-team” model; Education, thru their College Scholarship Fair which provides free ACT/SAT practice exams and college campus visitations; Health and Wellness, with seminars such as “For Men Only Health Fair” which serves some 400 men each year; and Economic Development thru partnerships with corporations such as Walmart and Edward Jones, in providing financial literacy education.

Honorees for this year’s event include: Rev. Richard Toliver, Rector of St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church; Tim King, Founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, Mike Lewis, Executive V.P., Harris Bank; Lawrence Oliver, Chief Counsel of Investigations, The Boeing Corp.; and Ron Lofton, Business Owner and President, MOCNI (McDonald’s Owners/Operator Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana).

“Our honorees reflect the mission and substance that we hold in high regard at 100 Black Men of Chicago,” noted Craig M. Gilmore, CPCU, Director Multi-cultural Markets for State Farm and executive board member of 100 Men of Chicago, Inc. “They work tirelessly in their respective organizations and in the community as a whole, and their input is immensely invaluable to our cause.”

Online individual ticket prices are discounted at a total price of $155 each at []. Individual tickets at $200 are available by check or at the door. A percentage of the proceeds will support the 100 BMC programs. Co-Chairs for this year’s event are 100 BMC members Thomas B. Henderson and Curtis Cooper. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Mark Fuller aka Mark Fullaflava.

The mission of the 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., is to help improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for all young people throughout the Chicagoland area. They accomplish this by mentoring at-risk youth, programs and scholarships.

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