THE BLACK UNITED FUND 20TH ANNUAL GALA!

THE BLACK TIE AFFAIR HONORING THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY!
















On Sunday, October 21, 2007, Houston City Council Member Jarvis Johnson-District B chaired the 20th Anniversary for Black United Fund of Texas and their 18th Evening of African
American Excellence Fundraising Charity Gala. The red carpet event was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This year’s theme wass
“Achieving Against the Odds; Overcoming Obstacles through Selfhelp and Self Determination.”
The Gala will benefited 30 small fledging organizations that serve low-income youth and families.
These organizations are African Center of Well Being, Bennett House, Better Way Youth, Buffalo
Soldiers National Museum, Community Outreach Partnership, George “Mickey” Leland Library & Museum of African History, Culture and Social Change, Phoenix Outreach Youth Center and the Sarcoidosis Foundation to name a few. The gala also recognized persons who have achieved against the odds and in various ways have worked to help strengthen Black United Fund of Texas. Some of the honorees were: Shawna Thomas, a native Houstonian and the newest Political Journalist for NBC in New York. Andres Ortiz is also an honoree. He is a postal employee who has dedicated his life to serving the community through his involvement as former President of LULAC #42. Scott Gertner world renowned entertainer and manager and owner of the Skybar; Jeannine B. Scott, senior vice president of Africare. Actor Isaiah Washington, who has demonstrated that one can overcome calamities and travesties.
Some others are Houston Rocket’s Robert Reid, Channel 2’s Jerome Gray, and American Postal Workers Union Secretary Treasurer Terry Stapleton. Council Member Jarvis Johnson
stated: “I am very much an advocate to help small fledging community based organizations that promote self-help. These organizations provide services, education and opportunities
that would not otherwise exist if they were not providing them. They deserve my support
and the support of everyone else I I can get involved.” Isiah Carey will serves as Master of Ceremony.