The 47th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Virtual Celebration

Join us for our 47th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Virtual Celebration on Thursday, May 20 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm as we honor the pillars in our community for their service in improving the lives of children, adults and seniors in Palm Beach County.

This year’s theme is Building a Better Community: Closing the Disparities.

The proceeds from the event will go toward supporting our community programs.

Tickets are $20.

Register here. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call Soulan Johnson at 561-833-1461Ext.3002 or email her: sjohnson@ulpbc.org

Keynote Speaker: Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League.

Marc Morial is an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor, president of U.S. Conference of Mayors, and president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization.  

In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, he has performed all of these roles with excellence and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.  As President and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003, he has been the primary catalyst for an era of change — a transformation for the 105-year old civil rights organization.  His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and Blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans.

Judge Edward Rodgers Award: U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings (posthumously)

The late Alcee L. Hastings represented his native state of Florida by serving as Congressman for District 20, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. During the 116th Congress, Hastings served as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

Congressman Hastings was first elected in 1992 and served his 14th term in the Congress. 

Born in Altamonte Springs, he attended Florida’s public schools, and graduated from Fisk University in 1958. He earned his law degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Known to many as “Judge,” Alcee Hastings had distinguished himself as an attorney, civil rights activist, judge, and now Member of Congress. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he became the first African-American Federal Judge in the State of Florida, and served in that position for 10 years. Since his election to Congress as the first African-American from Florida since the post-Civil War period, Congressman Hastings had been an outspoken advocate for Floridians and our nation as a whole. Throughout his lifetime, Congressman Hastings had championed the rights of minorities, women, the elderly, children, and immigrants.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Earnie Ellison, Ellison Consulting

Earnie Ellison, Jr. is a managing partner at Ellison Consulting Group, LLC and in a partnership with EPB Golf, LLC, Walk-Off Golf, LLC, and Mosaic Golf Partners, LLC.

His current businesses provides consultancy in developing and implementing inclusionary strategies and event management for professional sports organizations and sports businesses.  His corporate career includes PGA of America, Director of Finance & Director Business and Community Relations from 1997-2013; UDIC (family business), Executive Vice President Business Development from 1993-1997; Unisys, Director of Finance from 1988-1992; and various Corporate & Division financial positions with IBM from 1970-1988.

A graduate of Alabama A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi (Boulé) Fraternities.

Ellison has received family, civic and business awards, one being the 2015 Fellowship Open Life-Time Achievement Award. In 2015 Ellison was inducted into The HistoryMakers, the single largest collection of African American first-person video oral history testimony in the world that are digitized and housed permanently at the Library of Congress.

He was chairman of United Way of Palm Beach County and the first Black to serve as Chairman, Community Foundation, Children’s Golf Foundation, Economic Council, Business Development Board, Black Chamber of Commerce.

Ellison continuously use his voice to drive board of director inclusion and economic parity. Following the more recent police killings of Blacks, the Economic Council established a Racial Equity Sub-committee (Ellison is Co-Chair), and the Community Foundation created a Racial Equity Inclusion Committee (Ellison is a member). Through regular discussions on race with board members and staff in both organizations, the awareness of the historic racial disparities and injustices has been heightened.

Trailblazer Award: Rick Christie, Editor of The Palm Beach Post

For more than 30 years, Rick Christie has been an award-winning reporter and editor from Miami to Moscow to Mexico City. A Martin County native, Christie first worked at The Post as a business writer in the mid-1980s covering banking and finance. Since then, he has worked at the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, and the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau. He has covered everything from billion-dollar banking takeovers to Florida gubernatorial races to foreign bombing campaigns. He returned to the Post in 2001, running the Business and Breaking News desks. He is now editor of the Editorial Page, directing and managing the opinion-editorial content for The Post and PalmBeachPost.com/opinionzone.

Community Champion Awards: Media Partners

The Palm Beach Post: Keely Kideon-Taylor, Community Relations & Special Events Department, ULPBC Board Member

WPTV Newschannel 5: Lloyd Bucher, GM, ULPBC Board Member

Hubbard Radio Station: Elizabeth Hamma, GM, ULPBC Board Member

VP KO-MAR Productions: Jim Gallagher, Jr., ULPBC Board Member

You are cordially invited to attend the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s (ULPBC) 47th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Celebration scheduled Thursday, May 20th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  

This year’s theme is – Building a Better Community: Closing the Social and Economic Disparities.  As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic this premier fundraiser will be held VIRTUALLY and the ticket price for the 47th Annual EOD ticket price is $20. However, the ULPBC would like you to consider the following sponsorship levels because the we are keenly aware of the enormous financial burdens COVID-19 is still causing many Palm Beach County (PBC) residents and clients, especially those who were working prior to the pandemic.

While many of our clients and PBC residents have taken the COVID-19 Vaccination, many are still in need of food, medicine and transportation to take their shot. With that being said we ask you to continue helping the ULPBC serve the PBC community by considering the following sponsorship levels for our 47th Annual EOD:

Sponsorship Levels:

  • $500:               Percy H. Lee  – “ULPBC Founder” Donation
  • $1,000:            U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings – “Stand Up & Fight” Donation
  • $1,500:            Judge Edward Rogers – “Trailblazer” Donation
  • $3,000:            Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “Women’s Rights” Donation
  • $5,000:            Hank L. Aaron – “ Humanitarian” Donation
  • $7,500:            Vernon E. Jordan – “Legacy” Donation
  • $10,000:          John R. Lewis – “Good Trouble” Donation


Corporate Partners will be notified regarding the number of guests you can invite with your sponsorship.  Please call me at 305-360-3732 if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your consideration!  Together we can empower communities and change lives.

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