Urban Tech 22nd Annual 2017 Gala Benefit At Guastavino’s In NYC

The Urban Technology Center, a non-profit organization that has, for more than two decades, transformed the lives of youth in urban communities through their intensive social emotional learning programs – today announced their 22nd annual awards gala. This year’s gala theme will be “Investing in Today’s Youth-Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

The gala takes place at Guastavino’s in New York City and begins with a VIP Reception and Silent Auction at 5:30 PM, followed by an awards dinner and live auction at 7:00 PM. The gala will be co-hosted by Alicia Quarles, TV host, reporter and humanitarian and Ted Lange, actor, director and screenwriter. Presenters include CNN reporter Laura Jarrett, and executive, investor, philanthropist Robert F. Smith and CEO of Tonio Burgos & Associates, Tonio Burgos.

This year’s Humanitarian Award will be given to Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. The Corporate Leadership Honoree is Vicki Fuller, Chief Investment Officer at New York State’s Common Retirement Fund. The Community Leadership award will go to Don Lowery, Senior Vice President Community Engagement at Nielsen.

“For more than two decades Urban Tech has created intensive education curriculums that empower young people in urban communities with self-awareness and education on core life skills,” said Pat Bransford, founder and CEO of Urban Tech. “The extraordinary accomplishments of the honorees we selected this year send a strong message to our young people and the community. It is simply that with the proper tools there is no limit to learning and no obstacle that can’t be overcome in pursuing your dreams,” she added. “For 22 years, we have worked hard to provide those tools to young people nationwide – utilizing innovative programming and technology. To date, Urban Tech has served over a million children across 40 states. Our programs have been in more than 850 schools and community based organizations – including more than 100 New York City public schools and afterschool programs. We are proud of the many young lives we helped shape in the past two decades and we are fully committed to our mission for many years to come,” she concluded.

To learn more, please visit www.urbantech.org/2017gala.

Photo credit: B. Smith joined John Starks and founder of Urban Tech Patricia Bransford for the 15th annual gala Tuesday June 22, 2010 at the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle in NYC.

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