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Published on November 26th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


100 Black Men Evening of Elegance Gala

Pictured JT McLawhorn, Jr. of the Columbia Urban League will receive the Mentoring Award

Columbia.  The 20th Annual Evening of Elegance Gala hosted by The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia and honor five Community Pillars:  The Honorable James E. Clyburn of the US House of Representatives (Leadership); Dale Collier of Brownstone Construction (Economic Empowerment); Vince Ford of Prisma Health (Health & Wellness); JT McLawhorn, Jr. of the Columbia Urban League (Mentoring); and Leah B. Moody, University of SC Board of Trustees (Education). Wallace Cunningham, AARP-SC Retired State Associate Director of Multicultural Outreach and member, will also receive the President’s Award for Exemplary Service.  The Black-tie dinner program begins at 7 pm and includes the recognition of scholarship recipients, the Induction Ceremony of new members and music by Mike Stone Entertainment.  

The Public is invited to join in the celebration of the 2019 Honorees; however, advance reservations are required.  Contact the Gala Chairman Torri Toland for ticket and/or table donations at 803.467.4831 or  All donations are tax deductible.

Last year’s Honorees were Distinguished Educators:  Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President-Benedict College; Dr. Baron R. Davis, Superintendent-Richland School District Two; Dr. J. R. Green, Superintendent-Fairfield County School; Dr. Ernest McNealy, President-Allen University;  Dr. Carol Moore, President-Columbia College;  Dr. Harris Pastides, 28th President-University of South Carolina; Dr. Ronald L. Rhames, President-Midlands Technical College; and Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Superintendent-Richland School District One.  

Organized in 1999, The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering African American youth and young males in particular to succeed in life through mentoring programs, educational initiatives and community partnerships with corporations and individuals.  The Gala is the signature annual event of “The 100” to raise awareness and support of their five Pillar programs. Vincent A. Gatling, Jr. is President.  Go to for more information about the organization and volunteer opportunities.  


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