Black and Gold Gala - 2019
Please join the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and
Honorary Chair, Mayor James F. Kenney
6 PM — 10 PM
Vie | 600 North Broad Street | Philadelphia, PA 19130
Julie Coker Graham
Corporate Leadership Award
Julie Coker Graham is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) where she oversees the organization’s efforts to promote and sell Philadelphia as a top destination for meetings, conventions, overseas travelers and group tour visitors. As President and CEO, Coker Graham oversaw the PHLCVB’s role in the 2017 NFL Draft and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which together had a combined economic impact of $325 million for Philadelphia. She has received a number of awards and recognitions for her work in the community, including the 2017 United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Ball Honoree for Civic Leadership, Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business, Cradle of Liberty Council’s Good Scout Award and the 2011 John Wanamaker Award given by the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity. She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Center City District, and is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Links Incorporated. Coker Graham is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where she received a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Community Hero Award
Malcolm Jenkins is a pillar in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room and the communities in which he has lived, worked and played. Jenkins earned a Super Bowl ring with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, and as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 after being originally selected by the Saints with the 14th-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Aside from football, he is very committed to underserved communities, Jenkins launched The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010 with a mission to effect positive change in the lives of youth by providing resources, innovative opportunities, and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities. Jenkins also is very engaged in social issues. In February 2017, he co-founded the Players Coalition with retired NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin to organize a group of NFL players’ fight for racial and social equality. Their work is prioritized into three areas of focus: criminal justice reform, police/community relations and education/economic advancement for low-income communities, primarily communities of color. His multiple trips to Capitol Hill, the numerous speeches he has given, and his visits to police departments and correctional facilities are a testament to Jenkin’s commitment and desire to have a positive effect on the communities that have supported him.
Alumni Achievement Award
Hayward Bell is the former Chief Diversity Officer of Raytheon Company. While at Raytheon, Bell was recognized as an industry leader and innovator in the practice of diversity and inclusion. Black Enterprise magazine recognized him for “outstanding business achievement” as one of the top executives in diversity. Bell also received the coveted Raytheon CEO award for leading multi-day diversity summits for hundreds of senior company leaders. He retired from the company in 2016 after serving in senior level positions for over 11 years. Bell began his career as a project accountant with Turner Construction Company in Philadelphia while attending Community College of Philadelphia at night. After receiving his associate degree from the College, he earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors from Rutgers University and his MBA from Lehigh University. Before joining Raytheon, Bell had a 30 year career at Air Products and Chemicals where he was promoted ten times and served in a variety of roles. Bell received public recognition from the Air Products CEO for his company-wide contributions in the area of diversity and inclusion. Today, Bell continues to contribute and serve a number of professional and community organizations, including Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Male Engagement where he provides mentorship to young men of color. He also established the Hayward L. Bell Scholarship at the College, which annually awards students $5,000 toward tuition and fees.
Sponsorship of the Black and Gold Gala provides your organization with the opportunity to express your support of Community College of Philadelphia and its students and be recognized among other donors across the Philadelphia region.
To learn more about becoming a Black and Gold Gala sponsor, please call 215-751-8015 or review our sponsorship opportunities.
The purpose of the Black & Gold Gala is to recognize outstanding service of individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services, health, etc. This recognition is awarded to those who exemplify leadership and are active in community initiatives in Philadelphia.
Event proceeds will benefit the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship, which provides Philadelphia high school graduates the opportunity to pursue an associate degree at Community College of Philadelphia with no cost for tuition and fees.
The Honorable James F. Kenney
|Romy Diaz - PECO|
|Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake - Independence Blue Cross Foundation|
|Michael Banks - African-American Chamber of Commerce||Bill Ryan - Einstein Health Network|
|Ronald Davis - Parx Casino||William R. Sasso - Stradley Ronon|
|Napoleon Garcia - Impacto Newspaper||Joe Tucker, Esq. - Tucker Law Group|
|Lisette Gonzalez - UPMC Health Plan||Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D. - Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church|
|Joanne McFall - Keystone First||Dalila Wilson-Scott - Comcast Foundation|
|Sulaiman Rahman - DiverseForce|
For more information regarding the event, please contact Darryl Irizarry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-751-8015
Black and Gold Gala 2018
2018's Black & Gold Gala was a success, with an estimated 500 people in attendance and having raised $225,000 in funding for scholarship programs for the Community College of Philadelphia. The gala recognized Independence Blue Cross for their commitment to social responsibility and community involvement in partnership with the College and other community organizations in Southeast Pennsylvania. It also recognized outstanding achievements by alumni of the College as well other exemplary leaders in the community. Below are photos of the event as well as exclusive video with the individual awardees:
Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Luis E. Torrado
Ronald W. Davis
RoseAnn B. Rosenthal