Jim Pitts to Receive Buffalo Urban League’s Highest Honor at 2019 Gala

The Buffalo Urban League will host its 2019 Gala on Saturday, November 23  at the Buffalo Grand Hotel. The annual affair is one of the premiere black tie events in the Buffalo Niagara region. Inspired by the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” the gala will celebrate the work the organization does together with the community as well as honor community leaders.

While the League celebrates positive changes in our community, there is a lot further to go to ensure all people are part of the exciting new era of opportunities in the Buffalo-Niagara region.      

 “As we experience successes, we must always reach back until everyone is included. This can happen if we work together,” stated Brenda McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League.

The gala is a perfect mix of a  fundraiser that supports the programs and services the League delivers in the community to more than 25,000 individuals, and it is a party to celebrate their work. An important part of the celebration is recognizing extraordinary individuals and organizations that make positive contributions in the community. The Buffalo Urban League is proud to honor the following individuals and organizations at its 2019 Gala.

*James W. Pitts will receive the highest award given to an individual, the esteem Williams L Evans and Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award.

*Shamark and Nicole Dalton who have three   birth children and opened their home with love, as foster parents for 10 children, will receive the Family Life Award.

*Buffalo Peacemakers a coalition of organizations made up of:  Back to Basics Outreach Ministries Inc., Buffalo FATHERS Group, Buffalo United Front, Inc., Buffalo SNUG, No More Tears and Stop the Violence Coalition will receive the Community Service Award.

*Jamil Crews a founding member of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals and now leading the National Urban League Young Professionals as the Eastern Regional Vice-President of the Young Professionals, will receive the Emerging Leader Award.

*Jeremiah Isiah Chapman, City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten and Rahim Dunston, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts will represent the Class of 2020 receiving Outstanding Youth Awards for their exemplary academic achievements, community service and character. 

The Gala begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, cash bar, silent auction, art show by the Urban Arts Collaborative of Western New York with  music by violinists Jaliyah and Johnny Linton, the Hutch-Tech Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Amy Steiner and the Muhammad School of Music lead by Maestro Henri Muhammad. At 7:30, awards, and dancing will take place in the ballroom with the New York City Dimension Band and continuing outside the ballroom with the Bilal Negrave Band. 

The 2019 Gala event sponsors are Independent Health, National Fuel and Northwest Bank. The media sponsors are WKBW-TV 7 and WBLK. 

For sponsorships, to make reservations, or to purchase raffle tickets to support scholarships for the Class of 2020 please go to https://BULGala2019.givesmart.com or call the Buffalo Urban League at (716) 250-2400.