100 Black Men LA (309170)

Unlike several “virtual” events that have been staged during the pandemic, the gala being planned by 100 Black Men of Los Angeles will actually include delivered meals. There are four options for the dinner, ranging from roast beef to a vegetarian pasta dish.

Tickets for the 5 p.m. Oct. 23 event are $100 and meals are extra through https://www.100bmla.net. The last day to order meals and cocktails is Friday, Oct. 15.

“The catering company is Chef Carmen’s 3C’s Cakes, Catering and Consulting,” said Kirk Willliams, organization president. “And proceeds will help the youth in our technology, entrepreneurship and Young Black Scholars programs.”

The 100 will be holding its annual gala for the 40th year. Founded in 1981, the non-profit professional mens organization provides talent and leadership to Black youth. More than 23,000 students have utilized its programs and 90 percent of their students matriculate to college.

The mission of 100 Black Men is to improve the quality of life for African-Americans and other minorities through the enhancement of educational and economic opportunities.

“We help drive positive impact for our youth in the Los Angeles community in the areas of mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment,” Williams said. “Our members represent a variety of professions and they are eager to share their expertise and thereby uplift our communities.”

This year, the organization will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to the honorable Rep. Maxine Waters (D-43); its Woman of the Year Award to L.A. County Supervisor Holly J. Michell; and the Man of the Year Award to Thomas A. Parham, President of Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Community partner awards will be given to Salesforce and Wells Fargo Bank.

Sponsorships are still available. For more information about 100 Black Men of LA and its programs for middle and high school students, visit www.100bmla.net.