This year, the Annual "Black Excellence Community" Gala is back for 2022. The event's theme is Masquerade and it will take place at Revel 32 on Cannon Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. The gala will honor two individuals and one organization for their extraordinary contributions to the Poughkeepsie community.
The 2022 honorees include: Rising Icon Honoree Tyshan Johnson, Civic Leadership
Honoree Perinnella "Penny" Lewis and Keystone of the Community Honoree the Poughkeepsie Cardinals Organization. Keynote speaker Robert Watson Sr will address the audience at the Gala.
Photo Caption: Black Excellence Community Gala 2019 in the middle (Rising con Honoree Hamar Clarke, Civic Leadership Honoree Yvonne Flower and Keystone of the Community Honoree Doreen "Dodie" Henry) at the Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Credit: Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop.
The founders of the Black Excellence Community Mikaal Hurry and Sade Sharas shine a spotlight on the people of color who have been working, motivating and inspiring others in the Poughkeepsie community. The money raised during their annual gala event is then used to create scholarships for Poughkeepsie High School Seniors to help them continue their educational journey.
The very first gala took place in October of 2019. It was a night of elegance and words of wisdom and history from keynote speaker Linda Melton-Man. The honorees for 2019 included Rising Icon Honoree Hamar Clarke, Civic Leadership Honoree Yvonne Flower and Keystone of the Community Honoree Doreen "Dodie" Henry. Local artists also graced the stage with their talent and performances at Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, NY.
After the celebration of the following year in 2020, Poughkeepsie high school seniors Anniyah Coates, Tyler Manrique, and Kharel James were celebrated and awarded scholarship money that was raised during the 2019 gala. The awarding ceremony took place in form of a car caravan full of joy and excitement for the students and their future goals. The car caravan included Poughkeepsie teachers, Black Excellence Community committee members and the honorees of 2019.
GALA 2022 "MASQUERADE"
The 2022 Honorees and Awards
Rising Icon Honoree - Tyshan Johnson
Civic Leadership Honoree - Perinnella "Penny" Lewis
Keystone of the Community Honoree - Poughkeepsie Cardinals Organization
“Our core values include collaborating with other community organizations to build programs that will improve the inner-city of Poughkeepsie and create a better environment for our students, kids, and our interconnected futures.”
-Black Excellence Community
Photo Caption: Black Excellence Community giving out scholarship money to three Poughkeepsie High School seniors (Anniyah Coates, Tyler Manrique, and Kharel James) were celebrated and awarded scholarships) from the funds raised at the 2019 Gala in Poughkeepsie, NY. Credit: Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop. in Poughkeepsie, NY.
For more information about the organization and the 2022 Gala event tickets visit this link.