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100 Black Men of Atlanta to honor Joyner, Smith, Hill at virtual fundraising gala 

Atlanta, GA – WEBWIRE
Louis Negron
Louis Negron

100 Black Men of Atlanta will recognize four notable Atlantans and celebrate its successes during the pandemic year of 2020 during a virtual fundraising gala May 13th.

The organization will honor radio icon Tom Joyner, former Olympian Tommie Smith, basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill, and Goodr CEO Jasmine Crowe, plus corporate partner Microsoft, and will salute outgoing board chair Kevin A. Gooch and his accomplishments over the past year.

The honors gala, themed “Investing In Our Communities,” will be broadcast from 6-7 p.m.

Joyner, retired host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, will receive the Andrew Young Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith, a Gold Medal-winning sprinter at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, will receive the Maynard H. Jackson Community Impact Award. Hill, co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, will receive the Nathaniel R. Goldston, III Trailblazer Award. Crowe, whose food waste management company connects restaurants with nonprofits, will receive the John Lewis Emerging Leader Award.

The 100 also will honor Microsoft Corp. with its Chairman’s Circle Corporate Responsibility Award. The company donated $100,000 in cash, plus contributed technology and training and helped create a computer science class at Best Academy on Atlanta’s west side. Microsoft recently announced it has purchased 90 acres parcel at Quarry Yards and Quarry Hills to house a future campus, part of a series of investments aimed at making Atlanta one of Microsoft’s largest hubs in the United States in the coming decade.

Unlike many nonprofits, 100 Black Men of Atlanta had a strong year financially and programmatically in 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 100:

  • Awarded more than $150,000 in tuition and other educational assistance,
  • Was honored by Mutual of America with the Thomas J. Moran Award for its robotics program, the 100 Scholars Robotics Alliance,
  • More than tripled participation in its mentoring program, which went from serving 90 kids a month to more than 300 via Zoom.

The 100 also hired new staff, avoided layoffs and provided groceries, meals and other critical aid to families that had suffered job losses.

“We doubled down on our commitment to the Atlanta community, to young men and women, children and families,” said The 100’s Louis Negron, who was named executive director and chief operating officer in February. “Our reach was more extensive. We served more young people virtually than we had in person.”

The group’s success was aided by an increased commitment from corporate partners and other donors. “People definitely invested in The 100 who had not done so before,” Negron said.

On the day following the fundraising gala, The 100 will introduce its new leadership, with the virtual inauguration of Keith I. Millner as the 18th chairman of the board on May 14th at noon. CBS46 Anchor Karyn Greer will emcee the event, which will feature greetings from Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., National Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and the swearing-in of the board officers by Judge Glenda Hatchett.

The inauguration will include special greetings from corporate, community, and civic leaders as well as presentations from the organization’s Project Success Scholars, who have overcome unimaginable adversity to achieve stunning success. People can register to attend at:

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