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.