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2010 Urban League of Greater Dallas Gala

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By Michelle London Bell

Dignity….Honor….Legitimacy…. Those were the theme’s at last Saturday’s Urban League of Greater Dallas gala, which typified 43 years of commitment, dedication and passion to helping the citizens of Dallas reach greater heights.  In celebration of this milestone, outstanding community leaders received well-deserved accolades in praise of their accomplishments and philanthropy.

Honorees included Sam and Ruth Bussey of Bussey Trucking, recipients of the Buddy Minyard Award for outstanding support of the Urban League; Reverend George Pryor receiving the Whitney M. Young Jr. Humanitarian Award for his strides in mentorship and scholarship to area youth and Floyd Williams claiming top honors with the Presidential Award.

The event also highlighted the immeasurable contributions of Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks, President & CEO of Urban League Dallas, and her outstanding vision in leading the organization.  Under her leadership and guidance, the Dallas Chapter received top honors at the National Urban League Conference and Convention, and contributed to garnering the prestigious Women of Power Award for Outstanding Affiliate CEO in 2010.

The evening commenced with a cocktail reception and “Solid As A Rock” raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Urban League’s Capital Campaign: A Choice for the Future – You can make it happen, you can make a difference.  Items included in the raffle ranged from autographed football and baseball collectibles to high-end “stay”cation packages, and American Airlines “Choose Your Destination” tickets.

Debbie Denmon, Weekend Anchor of WFAA-TV  graced attendees with her poised and eloquent commentary as the Mistress of Ceremonies.  Gala Co-Chairs graciously thanked sponsors as Citi, Texas Instruments, United Way and Verizon in support of the event, and also recognized trailblazers in their own right attending the affair – Mayor Tom Leppert, Governor Rick Perry, NAACP’s 1st Vice President of Texas Bob Lydia, Councilman Tennell Atkins,  and Artist Frank Frazier, to name a few.

In the spirit of tradition, the audience sang a resounding rendition of “Lift Every Voice & Sing” to draw upon the feeling of unity and community, and remind us of our plight towards collective impact – then and now!

Following the awards presentation, legendary artists Ashford & Simpson provided music entertainment to conclude the evening.

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