Urban League of Greater Atlanta 50th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner Honors Cox Enterprises November 12 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

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WSB TV 2 News Anchor Monica Pearson is Mistress of Ceremonies and Youth Ensemble of Atlanta Performs.

An elegant evening of awards to notable corporate, government and community supporters along with a delicious dinner and rousing performance by Youth Ensemble of Atlanta will highlight the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s 50thTH Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner (EOD). Saturday, November 12 at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis, 7 p.m. Cox Enterprises will receive top honors with the coveted Equal Opportunity Award of the Year. WSB-TV Channel 2 News Anchor Monica Pearson will be the mistress of ceremonies for the dinner. The gala will conclude with dancing to the music of the Garry Harris Band.

“We salute Cox Enterprises by bestowing our highest honor for the company’s demonstrated commitment to workplace and supplier diversity, community partnerships and engagement and philanthropy for many years and their unwavering support of the Urban League,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, Urban League of Greater Atlanta President and CEO. “We are equally pleased to present awards to additional outstanding community and government partners and individuals for their support of the League, their work to empower our communities through community service and Urban League partners for their support of our sustainable housing and education and workforce development programs."

In addition to the Cox Enterprises Inc. award which will be accepted by Cox Media Group President Doug Franklin, other honorees include: Joyce Dorsey, President, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA), Distinguished Community Service Award; Mark K. Taylor, 50 plus years of service to the Urban League, Legacy Award and Adrienne White, Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals (AULYP), Rising Star Award.

Program Service Awards will be presented to: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Housing and Community Development Program Service Award, accepted by Ed Jennings Jr., Regional Administrator Region IV; Comcast Cable Communications, Workforce and Education Program Service Award, accepted by Angela Albert and Kortne Harris.

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta better known as YEA will perform theatrical and musical work that has packed houses around the world including here in the U.S., Africa, Europe and Asia.
Sponsors of the EOD Dinner include: Platinum Level: The Coca Cola Company; Sustaining Level: Cox Enterprises and Delta Air Lines; Gold Level: Turner Broadcasting Company, Silver Level: Aetna, Inc, Darden Restaurants, Georgia Power Company, Home Depot, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, State Farm Insurance and Wells Fargo and Bronze Level: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, AT&T, Comcast Cable Communications, Concessions International/HJRussell & Co., Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Kroger, Liquid Soul Media, Miller Coors and Nationwide Insurance Company. Macy’s is the President’s Reception Sponsor.

EOD Dinner Chair 2011 is Dana Lee Jones, ULGA Board Member and Agency Field Executive for State Farm Insurance. Confirmed guests include U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Rev. Dr. Marvin Moss, Pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church will give the invocation.    

Serving the Greater Atlanta Area for 91 years, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s 50th Anniversary Gala themed “A Golden Celebration: Empowering Communities and Changing Lives” is the agency’s primary fundraising event and is open to the public. Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for non members. For table reservations, sponsorship and individual tickets please contact Dottie Johnson at 404 659-6580, djohnson(at)atlul(dot)org or visit http://www.ulgatl.org.

About The Urban League of Greater Atlanta
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s mission is to enable and empower African Americans and others to achieve their highest human potential and secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. To accomplish this mission the League focuses on education, workforce development, homeownership, wealth creation, entrepreneurship, health, social work, law, advocacy and other disciplines to bring about equal opportunities and equal access in metropolitan Atlanta.

About Youth Ensemble of Atlanta
Celebrating 20 years in 2010, the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta is the South’s premiere youth theatre company providing the young people of Metro Atlanta with free training in the performing arts as well as the opportunity to create original, issue-based musical dramas. These productions have been performed with glorious critical acclaim. Although best known for professional theatrical work, YEA’s primary goal is to develop youth with the skills and desire to succeed in whatever they do in life.

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