Dancing With The Community Stars 

The Erie County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated celebrated its annual Night on the Town Scholarship Dinner Dance on Saturday with a gala “Dancing With Community Stars Competition” at the Adams Mark Hotel. Reverend Jonathan Staples, Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist Church and his lovely wife Tanya P. Staples danced their way to first place (they are the lovely couple gracing the front page, and pictured top right). New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy (63rd Senate District) and Gladys Diji danced an impressive second (pictured top middle) and Dr. Hal Payne –retired Vice President of Student Affairs at Buffalo State College and Honorable Rose H. Sconiers – retired New York State Supreme Court Justice placed third (They're the dapper coupe top 3rd from left). Also competing and struttin’ their stuff, was Raul Vasquez, MD,FAAP, President and CEO of Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and Catherine Lewis; and Reverend Edward Jackson, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church and Janet E. Barnes. Links Barbara Glover served as Chairperson, Charlene Galloway, Co-Chair and Link Janet E. Barnes, Chapter President. 

Congratulations 2017 Black Achiever Awardees!

45th Annual Gala to Honor 32 Outstanding Citizens

 Four Special Awardees and Two Buffalo Public Schools

Black Achievers, Inc. will host the 45th Annual Black Achievers Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 7 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street. The organization will recognize 32 outstanding individuals, all of whom have inspiring stories of personal, professional, spiritual and community achievements. The event, an evening of fine dining, networking and entertainment, will begin with a Red Carpet Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and cocktails at 6p.m. Dinner and award presentations will follow starting at 7 p.m.

The 32 outstanding Black Achiever awardees and their sponsors include: Ras Jomo Akono, Sponsor WUFO Mix/ Power 96.5 Darnell Barton, Sponsor NFTA Landrum Beard, Sponsor, John W. Danforth Company Dawn Marie Bracely, Sponsor The Buffalo News Jessica L. Bryson, Sponsor M&T Bank Tyrone F. Christopher Jr. Sponsor Belmont Management Company Congratulations 2017 Black Achiever Awardees! 45th Annual Gala to Honor 32 Outstanding Citizens, Four Special Awardees and Two Buffalo Public Schools Nancy R. Crenshaw, Sponsor Roswell Park Cancer Institute Janique Curry, Sponsor Uniland Development Co. Drea D’Nur, Sponsor Challenger Community News Vernon Duncan, Sponsor Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Program Misty Garrett, Sponsor Entercom Buffalo (AM 1400) Curtis Tony Grant, Sponsor General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant La ‘Ree Hendricks, Sponsor Adam’s Mark Hotel Darnell J. Haywood Jr., Sponsor Bank on Buffalo Anthony Johnson, Sponsor Drescher & Malecki Pastor Dwayne Jones, Sponsor Mt. Aaron Baptist Church Marty McLaughlin, Sponsor Five Star Bank Renee D. Moody Sims, Sponsor People Inc. Janiah Patterson, Sponsor Lawley Insurance Stephan Lamar Perry, Sponsor Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home Reverend Willie Pulliam, Sponsor Belmont Housing Resources For WNY Karl Shallowhorn, Sponsor GHD Charlette Smith, Sponsor JMS Bros. Construction Dr. Cleveland Southern, Sponsor True Word Anointed Ministry Karen Stanley-Fleming, Sponsor Northwest Bank Lindsey Taylor, Sponsor Hodgson Russ, LLP Jared Threat, Sponsor Key Bank Andre Tucker, Sponsor La Nova Pizzeria Deatra L. White-Paris, Sponsor Design, Development & Compliance. Inc. Dionne Williamson, Sponsor Bellamy Enterprises, LLC Reggie Witherspoon, Sponsor Evans Bank

In addition to the 32 Black Achiever Awards, four special awards will also be presented at the banquet. Rev. Mark E. Blue, President of the Buffalo Branch NAACP, will receive the Community Service Award; Rhonda A. Ricks Ph.D., President and CEO of R+A+R Development, Inc., will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award; Nekia Kemp, Executive Director of the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, will receive the Mayor’s Youth Award and former Buffalonian, Rona Drinkard, a Senior IT Project Manager with Leidos, will be honored for a lifetime of achievement with the Homecoming Award. Also to be recognized at the banquet will be two Buffalo Public Schools, City Honors and the International Preparatory School.

The Co-Chairs for this much anticipated event are history making business executive, Sheila L. Brown, Manager and Principal Owner of Visions Multi Media Group, LLC, and Robert Mootry, Jr., the Regional Director of CSEA Western Region and President of the Buffalo Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. For more information on the gala or to purchase tickets, call 884-1490, or visit the Black Achievers, Inc. web site at www.buffaloblackachievers.comTickets may also be purchased at Doris Records at 286 East Ferry.