CNN Political Analyst to Keynote

CAO’s 52nd Anniversary Dinner and Awards Celebration

Keynote Speaker Bakari Sellers

Keynote Speaker Bakari Sellers

The Board of Directors of the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. is proud to present its 52ndAnniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration on Friday, June 9 from 6 - 9 p.m at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. 

This year’s theme is “Changing Our Direction, Creating a New Future” and will include a recognition ceremony for this year’s outstanding community service leaders, partners and corporate citizens of the agency. Dr. Rev. James A. Lewis, III of Miracle Missions Baptist Church returns as Master of Ceremonies.

Keynonte speakerBakari Sellers, a prominent CNN political analyst,  made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State Legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation.

Sellers, who is also a practicing attorney,  earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Dr. Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to public service while championing progressive policies. In addition to his impressive list of early accomplishments, Sellers served on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election.    

As one of the largest, private, not-for-profit agencies in Western New York, the upcoming event commemorates 52 years of focused and dedicated efforts in promoting self-sufficiency through advocacy, partnerships and services.  The CAO serves over 34,000 low-income residents annually through a network of more than 50 locations across Erie and Niagara counties, providing essential services to individuals and families in need as they move towards self-sufficiency. Tickets are just $50 per person, $500 per table of ten. A limited number of tickets to the VIP Reception and Meet & Greet with Bakari Sellers are just $75.  For sponsorship information, or to purchase an ad in the souvenir journal, contact Keri Socker, Administrative Coordinator at 881-5150. Tickets are available online at