The National Urban Technology Center is a non-profit organization well known for connecting students and families to digital literacy, financial literacy, comprehensive health education and life skills for the past twenty years. Last week, the organization hosted their 2015 gala benefit to honor their outstanding twenty years of service. The glamorous evening, which took place at Gotham Hall, honored big names in the industry for their contributions and achievements in the world of philanthropy. Golden Globe winner Annette Bening accepted the Humanitarian Award, Douglas McNeely, Managing Director of BlackRock, accepted the Community Leadership Award, and last but not least, Russell Simmons accepted the Visionary Award.
The evening began with a VIP cocktail hour, where guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers, and were able to peruse the huge selection of amazing silent auction items, some of which included Madonna concert tickets, an autographed Taylor Swift Guitar, Yankees tickets, vacation packages and more. Following the cocktail party was the dinner and awards ceremony, which was hosted by Maurice DuBois and Alicia Quarles. The awards ceremony was interspersed with live entertainment, including a live band, a Keith Lloyd fashion show, and exciting live auction.
The Nation Urban Technology center has grown immensely since its inception in 1995, when it’s initial aim was to provide computers and technology to schools and community organizations in urban areas. Russell Simmons said, “It’s really that desperate. We have not been inclusive in the education process and this is very important so I’m happy to be doing this. I’m happy to work with them,” in regards to the organization.
The gala marked a successful milestone for the organization and was likewise a successful evening, raising tens of thousands of dollars, which all went to helping Urban Tech’s programs.
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