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Event Details

Our 10th Anniversary Gala, which is the organization’s primary fund-raising event, will showcase our programs and history of service. Thus, our 2017 gala theme: “Celebrating A Decade of Service.” Our program begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in the Finger Lakes ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (a new location for our event), with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Come early for our networking social hour. Then, stay and enjoy the rest of the evening with us while celebrating and supporting the work we do for our youth and community all year round.

Ticket Info

Tickets can be purchased from 100 Black Men of Syracuse members or by arranging pickup at the 100 Black Men office at the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S. Salina St. in Syracuse. Call our office at (315) 443-8749.

Individual tickets are $100 and $850 for a table of 10. Seating is limited.

SOLD OUT: Because of the high interest in attending our gala and limited seating, our gala is now sold out. However, if you don’t have a ticket to the gala, please consider attending our post-gala party immediately following the gala program. Admission at the door is $20 per person.

Proceeds from our gala support our mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment activities throughout the year. All or part of your ticket purchase (excluding processing fee) may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.

Keynote Speaker – David C. Banks

100 Black Men of Syracuse is extremely pleased that David C. Banks, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Eagle Academy Foundation, has accepted our invitation to serve as keynote speaker at our 10th Anniversary Gala. Banks was the founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. Since opening in 2004, the Eagle Academy family has grown to include six college preparatory schools in New York City and Newark, New Jersey, and is expanding its vision to other cities in the United States. The Eagle Academy has also served as an inspiration for the 100 Black Men of Syracuse’s Saturday Academy.

Prior to his roles at Eagle, Banks served as Founding Principal of The Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice. This theme-based high school provided a unique opportunity for him to combine his law and education backgrounds. During his tenure, Banks helped spearhead a community-wide effort to secure a permanent home for the school. As a result, Bronx Law is now housed in a $75-million, state-of-the-art facility, representing an unprecedented partnership between the criminal justice community and an inner-city high school. Banks is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University.

See the speech Banks delivered at the 2016 Democratic National Covention.