Gala 2017 News Release

Group Observes
Milestone at Annual Fundraiser

Nationally Recognized Educator to Deliver Keynote Address at 10th Anniversary Gala

David C. Banks

David C. Banks

(Syracuse, New York, Oct. 22, 2017) – David C. Banks might have stepped on the most prominent stage of his career when he spoke during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Appearing alongside 40 scholars enrolled at the Eagle Academy, Banks demonstrated why the school he co-founded for at-risk young men in metropolitan New York City serves as an inspiration for 100 Black Men of Syracuse. It’s also one of many reasons the 100 invited Banks, president and CEO of the Eagle Foundation to serve as keynote speaker at the non-profit organization’s 10th Anniversary Gala, scheduled Nov. 18 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

True to the gala theme “Celebrating a Decade of Service,” the 100 will reflect on 10 years of serving youth and the Syracuse community through its mentoring, education, health and wellness, economic empowerment and leadership programs.

During the gala, the 100 will also recognize:

Community Service Awardees

  • Walt Dixie, Executive Director, Jubilee Homes of Syracuse
  • Sam Roberts, New York State Office of Temporary Assistance and Disability; former state Assemblyman

Future Leaders Awardee

  • Sheena Solomon, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives, Gifford Foundation

Event Details


Saturday, November 18, 2017


Program starts at 6:30 p.m.


Marriott Syracuse Downtown

100 East Onondaga St.

Syracuse, NY


$100 per individual

$850 per table (seats 10)

Proceeds from the banquet support the 100’s mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment activities throughout the year. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting the 100 Black Men of Syracuse office at (315) 443-8749 or buying them online by visiting the organization’s website at

Other Media Notes

100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. is a
non-profit, non-partisan volunteer organization founded in
2008. The group, which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
was inducted in June
2009 as an official chapter of 100 Black Men of America Inc.