This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Houston Area Urban League Celebrates 49 Years of Excellence

Houston Area Urban League Celebrates 49 Years of Excellence

                              Cary Yates on stage thanking supporters

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Houston Area Urban League held its 49th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Gala at the Hilton Americas Hotel in the Grand Ballroom raising more than $600,000. This organization continues to be a voice for the disadvantaged with new ideas and programs based on their strong leadership, foundation and mission. The programs and services provided by the Urban League to those in need are the areas of Education and Youth Development, Workforce and Economic Development, Workforce Training, Housing, and Health and Wellness initiatives.

The Masters of Ceremony were Khambrel Marshall (KPRC-TV2) and Melanie Lawson (KTRK-TV 13). The gala co-chairs were Yolanda Green Barnes (Haul Board Member) and Marina Coryat (Haul Board Member). The honorable chairs were Dr. Carolyn Farb (Philanthropist and Author) and Dr. Rod Paige (Former U.S. Secretary of Education).

The 2017 Honorees:

  • Gerald Hines Corporate Award – Troi and Kelly Taylor (Taylor Construction Management)
  • Marguerite Ross Barnett Leadership Award – Cheryl D. Creuzot
  • Marguerite Ross Barnett Leadership Award – Sallie Sargent
  • Heritage Award – The Houston Astros Foundation
  • Quentin Mease Community Service Award – Phillips 66 – Black Employee Network
  • Empowerment Award – Ray B. Shackelford

The Houston Area League was founded in 1968, and is a United Way Agency affiliated with the National Urban League. Its mission is to help African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. It achieves this mission through the provision of the following programs and services: education and support services, workforce technology training, housing and social services, employment counseling and placement, economic development and health awareness.

                 Marina Coryat and Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson

                                      Phillip Yates and Ray Shackelford

                                               Cheryl and Percy Creuzot

                                         Adrian and Judge Joe Stephens

                               Khambrel Marshall and Melanie Lawson

                             Miya Shay and Texas State Rep. Gene Wu

        Houston City Controller Chris Brown, Dr. Carolyn Farb and Guest

                                      Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner


Sheila Jackson Lee Fundraising Reception

            Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee with family and committee

On Monday, June 19, 2017, a fundraising reception was held for Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman ▪ Texas 18th District at the home of Tommy O’Neill and Brent Whiteley in Houston, Texas. The Honorary Chair was Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Some Outstanding Committees she currently serves on includes: Member of the Leadership Committee – Steering & Policy Committee, Leadership Appointee of the House Budget Committee, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland, Security and Investigations, Subcommittee on Immigration, Senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House Senior Whip, Member of the International Helsinki Commission, Chair, Energy Braintrust