Urban League Young Professionals Gala

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The Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh presented the Second Annual Urban Empowerment Gala April 30 with community and business leaders in attendance to honor the legacy of leadership created for this city at the Urban Empowerment Gala, at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel. The annual black-tie Gala is the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year.

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS—The Urban League Young Professionals: Front row from left: Allyce Pinchback, Frances A. Taggert and Melanie Hailsman. Second row from left: Marisa Bartley and Sabrina Saunders. Back row from left: Branson Holly, Eugene Williams III, and Brandon Ballard. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

The event brought together more than 250 esteemed patrons to recognize the unheralded efforts of five young professionals who are committed to service and empowerment in the areas of Education and Youth, Economics, Health and Quality of Life, Civic Engagement and Leadership, and lastly Civil Rights and Racial Justice. Two high school seniors received Urban Empowerment Scholar Awards ($400 book scholarships) and the organization introduced the inaugural “Legacy” Awardee category. A portion of the event’s proceeds were given to the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh for its programming and the Urban Empowerment Scholarship Fund.

Featured at the Gala event was a VIP reception with entertainment provided by the Live City Jazz Band followed by the special Awards program with Master of Ceremonies Brian Cook, of American Urban Radio Networks and the gala with music by DJ Tee Jay. 2011 Award Winners were: Cynthia James, Civic Engagement & Leadership; Jason Rivers, Civil Rights & Racial Justice; Les Scales, Economic Empowerment; Emmai Alaquiva, Education and Youth; Ben Calvert, Health & Quality of Life. 2011 Urban Empowerment Scholars were Corey Allen White; and Davie Huddleston was the special Legacy honoree.

The Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh, an auxiliary organization of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, is a network of young minority professionals ages 21-39 across the Greater Pittsburgh region. ULYP-Pittsburgh provides leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for other young professionals.

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