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The Black & White Champagne Brunch

Launching New Beginnings One Scholarship At A Time

Raise your glass...

Join us for the New York Urban League’s Black & White Champagne Brunch hosted by Bevy Smith and Emil Wilbekin on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at The Hilton Hotel. We will raise a glass to celebrate higher education and support the  Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The Brunch event will include a VIP Reception, Silent Auction, and feature musical entertainment and performance by the Brooklyn United Marching Band. The New York Urban League will present the Drum Major for Education Award to Shawn Dove, CEO Campaign for Black Male Achievement and a special appearance by Danielle Brooks. 


Attire: Black and White, Brunch Chic

BW Hosts



Danielle Brooks

Star of The Color Purple: The Broadway Musical

& Orange Is the New Black



Superhero DJ Jon Quick

WBLS 107.5



The Brooklyn United Marching Band



Want to prepare for the Silent Auction? Enjoy this preview of the silent auction items sure to offer premium experiences for all manner of persons— the professional, art lover, foodie, theater buff, etc.


Individual Ticket – $95


VIP Ticket – $150
Enjoy an exclusive pre-brunch cocktail hour with specially curated experience with a live artist, hand rolled cigar making,  mixologist serving signature cocktail, and a preview of the silent auction.


host committee

Grand Marshalls

Tatia Adams Fox, President and Owner, New School of Etiquette; Branding and Marketing Strategist

Garnesha Crawford, Government/Public Sector Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies

Joanita Ricketts, Mergers and Acquisition, Corporate Advisory for MUFG

Rahshib Thomas, Director of Human Resources

Dr. Marcella Maxwell, Clinical Supervisor of Teaching Fellows, Brooklyn College

Dolly Christian, New York Urban League, Board Member Emeritus

Chad Roberson, President of the NYUL Young Professionals

Erika Beckles, Corporate Diversity Media Recruiter for BuzzFeed

William D. Holiber, Chief Executive Officer and President of New York Daily News Company

Alisha Cowan Vieira, Producer, NBC Universal

Kamari Aykes, Software Developer

Beatrice Lors-Rousseau, Grant Writer

Jemar Ward, Director, Recruitment Strategies for NYC Human Resources Administration


Join the Grand Marshall Host Committee for the New York Urban League’s Black & White Champagne Brunch on September 26, 2015 at The Hilton. As a member of the host committee, you agree to purchase two VIP Tickets ($300) to the brunch and lend your name to the event for use in promotions. We hope you will further help by sharing this event with friends, colleagues, and family.


Help make our first Black & White Champagne Brunch a huge success by joining the Host Committee!


Host Committee Reply Form


Learn more about becoming a member of the Black & White Brunch Host Committee by sending an email to


Consider a table or two for your company or friends!  Each sponsored table provides direct support to the scholarship fund and the purchase of laptops for scholarship recipients. Also, sponsorship provides varying levels of visibility for your brand at the event and throughout NYUL’s program year.


Complete this form to make a table contribution: Scholarship Brunch Tables and Sponsorship Form


If you have any questions about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Novella Ford, Development Director at or 212-926-8000 ext. 126