2010 Award Winners at the 18th Annual Black Tie Awards Gala


BOSTON, MA – (April 8, 2010) – This year’s gala on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston will celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and its selected awardees. 
"It is refreshing to partner with a premier organization like the United Leaugue of Eastern Massachusetts which holds many of the same values as The TJX Companies and I am honored to serve as Chairman of the 18th Annual Awards Gala. TJX has a long history of supporting common goals with the ULEM such as access to employment, promoting volunteerism and improving economic development, while simultaneously promoting self-reliance,” expressed Anthony Jerome Smalls, Vice-President / Director of Community Relations, The TJX Companies, Inc.
Additional event sponsors include Verizon as the Auction Chair, Ocean Spray for Entertainment, and Comcast for the VIP Reception. 
“This is a time for all of us to come together and overcome all sorts of barriers – from the high unemployment rate in the African American community, to the challenge of raising funds in this economy, and to keeping our doors open so that we can serve our community. The message from our work is a collective and a strong one: we will ensure that the best resources and services are offered to our constituents during these times. And, our honorees reflect the values. and have demonstrated successful actions in our community to make this happen,” states Darnell L. Williams, President & CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. 
The 2010 award winners include:
  • 2010 President's Award: William E. McGonagle, Administrator, Boston Housing Authority
  • Lee F. Jackson Awards: StreetSafe Boston, Mr. Robert Lewis, Vice President for Program, The Boston Foundation; Reverend Ray Hammond, Ten Point Coalition; and Edward Davis, Boston Police Commissioner
  • Corporate Leadership Award: Target Corporation
  • Mollie Moon Award:  Harry Miller
Also at the 18th award gala, the league will recognizeCleve L. Killingsworth for his Outstanding Corporate & Community Leadership
All of these awardees are well respected in the local communities, and they have demonstrated exemplary leadership in addressing some of the most dire community issues such as affordable housing, green jobs, crime and safety, youth workforce, and investing in low-income communities. 
The Urban League’s 18th Annual Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, April 17 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.  The gala, which is attended by a who’s-who list of area VIPs every year, will include a silent auction hosted by Mayor Menino and a live performance by the Frank Wilkins Vocal Extravaganza performing with a guest appearance by Mr. Walter Beasley.  All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Urban League.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Urban League’s 18th Annual Awards Gala, call (617) 442-4519, email tnguyen@ulem.org or visit www.ulem.org.
About the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
Founded in 1917, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is dedicated to building stronger communities by helping people achieve economic independence. As a champion of civil rights, the ULEM provides hope to local residents in the form education, job training and placement at no cost. Their track record for connecting corporations with well-trained members of local neighborhoods results in a vibrant, self-reliant community which takes pride in its achievements and inspires others to do the same.
Trinh Nguyen
617-442-4519 x217