You knew the tone was set for a sophisticated evening the minute you walked into Martin West's ballroom and were greeted by the sounds of a cool jazz combo at the 10th anniversary Spring Gala for 100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc.
Gorgeous gowns and dapper tuxedos on the 750 guests lent further luster to the night. On 100 Black Men members were the added accouterments of kente cloths draped around their tux lapels.
Included in the gathering: Walter Carr Jr., event chair; Cleve Brister and Roscoe T. Heigh, event committee members; Rick Larry, 100 Black Men of Maryland board president; Stanley Hackett, Turhan Robinson, Terry Evelyn, Mel Bates, Joseph Smothers Jr. and Kenneth L. Webster, board members; Howard Tucker, 100 Black Men executive director; Michelle McBride, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System managed care executive director; Calvin Street, Maryland Department of Human Resources deputy secretary; Loretta Henry, Food Lion diversity coordinator; Donna Stanley, Associated Black Charities executive director; H. Bernie Jackson, B.J.R. & Associates president; Saundra Northington, Key Bank & Trust mortgage banker; Drew Berry, WMAR-TV vice president / general manager; Larry West, Chandler Insurance Group president; Dr. Sharon Broy, Noah's Ark president / CEO; Don Abrams, Abrams Investment Co. president; Dr. Trudy Hall, Deaton Specialty Hospital rehabilitation director; and Christina Waddler, Prince George's County public administrator.
The gala raised $51,000 for 100 Black Men of Maryland youth programs and services.