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Eventide Gilead Fund Best Performing Midcap Growth Mutual Fund for 2014

BOSTON, MA – (Marketwire – Jan 21, 2015)The Eventide Gilead Fund (NASDAQ: ETILX), a mutual fund practicing values-based investing, was the best performing midcap growth mutual fund for 2014 according to independent investment research provider Morningstar. With a one-year total return of 18.08%, the Eventide Gilead Fund had the highest one-year performance in the Midcap Growth category by Morningstar out of 746 funds, for the period ending December 31, 2014.

The Wall Street Journal also recognized the Eventide Gilead Fund for 2014 performance, naming it a “Category King” in the Midcap Growth category – an award honoring the top 10 mutual funds in each equity category in one-year total performance. The Gilead Fund was ranked #1 out of 421 midcap growth funds by the WSJ Category King for the one-year period ending December 31, 2014.

The Eventide Gilead Fund also finished the year with an impressive sweep of long-term rankings in Morningstar’s Midcap Growth category: the No-load Class shares ranking in the top 1% of its peer group for each of the one-, three-, and five-year time periods, for total performance. Overall, the Gilead Fund is rated five-stars out of five by Morningstar, using a methodology that considers both performance and risk factors.

The Eventide Gilead Fund is managed by Eventide Asset Management, LLC, a Boston-based Registered Investment Advisor with a values-based approach to investing. Eventide CEO Robin John commented: “We view the Eventide Gilead Fund outperformance in 2014 and since inception as validation of our investment philosophies of the value of expertise over general knowledge, that truly wise investing means partnering with companies that excel at creating value for others, and a belief that risk management should rely on a wide range of rigorous data.”

Eventide Funds CIO and Lead Portfolio Manager of the Eventide Gilead Fund Finny Kuruvilla, MD PhD commented on two of the Fund’s best performers in 2014: “Legitimate, market-disrupting innovation will consistently be rewarded. Our investments in companies like Agios (AGIO) and bluebird bio (BLUE) were rewarded as these companies combined excellence in biomedical research with disciplined execution in clinical trials. We continue to believe that innovation in biotechnology is a secular trend that has much farther to go.”

Eventide also manages the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund (NASDAQ: ETNHX), a Health sector fund. With a median market cap of just $1.22B and 71.33% percent of the net assets invested in the Biotech & Pharma Industry(as of December 31, 2014), the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund focuses on investing in high innovation, small, early-development stage biotechnology companies with the potential to appreciate in value as positive data is released regarding clinical trials and FDA feedback, and market acceptance of products. The Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund finished its 2014 year in the top one-third of its Morningstar peer group, the Health Category, ranked by total return, out of 126 funds.

When asked what 2015 holds for investors, Dr. Kuruvilla said, “The combination of weak investor sentiment (a contrarian positive signal), reasonable valuations, and favorable leading indicators make us constructive on the market for 2015. While the collapse in the price of oil and the decline in yield on the 10-year Treasury may be alarming, these signals are partially offset by their own effects: cheaper oil means additional money in the consumer’s pocket and lower interest rates results in more affordable mortgages which can sustain a recovery in housing.”

As of December 31, 2014, the Eventide Gilead Fund had $986.62 million in net assets, and the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund had $149.28 million in net assets.

The following tables show the performance of the Eventide Funds since inception:

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The performance data quoted here represents past performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Please review the funds’ prospectus for more information regarding the funds’ fees and expenses. Eventide Gilead Fund performance shown is for No-load Class shares and the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund performance shown is for No-load Class shares (please see a prospectus for information about other share classes). For performance information current to the most recent month-end, please call toll-free 877-771-EVEN (3836).

Eventide Gilead Fund expenses: Total Expenses 1.45%. Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund expenses: Gross Expenses 1.70%; Net Expenses 1.64%. The advisor has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses of the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund through 31 October 2015.

Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. Morningstar is an independent provider of financial information. Morningstar percentile rankings are based on total return without sales charge relative to all share classes of mutual funds with similar objectives and determined by Morningstar. Past performance or ranking is not indicative of future results. Morningstar rating given is an Overall Rating, against 583 US Mid-Cap Growth Funds for the 5yr period, as of 12/31/2014, and 643 Funds for the 3yr period, based on risk-adjusted total return. Ratings are determined monthly and subject to change. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The top 10% of the funds in a rating universe receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars, the next 35% receive three stars, the next 22.5% receive two stars and the bottom 10% receive one star. Past performance or ranking is not indicative of future results. Eventide Gilead Fund Morningstar 5yr percentile rank was out of 583 funds; 3yr rank was out of 643 funds; 1yr rank was out of 746 funds.

Wall Street Journal rankings are not intended to constitute investment advice. Rather, you should use the rankings for informational purposes only.

Agios (AGIO) was 2.54% of the Eventide Gilead Fund and 2.58% of Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund net assets, as of December 31, 2014, and subject to change. bluebird bio, Inc (BLUE) was 2.96% of Eventide Gilead Fund and 4.37% of Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund net assets, as of December 31, 2014, and subject to change.

The S&P 500 is an index created by Standard & Poor’s Corp considered to represent the performance of the stock market generally. The Russell Midcap Growth Index measures the performance of the U.S. equity mid-cap growth segment. It includes mid-cap companies with higher price-to-book ratios and forecasted growth. The Healthcare Blended Index is composed of equal parts of the S&P 400 Healthcare Index and the S&P 600 Healthcare Index. These indexes are not investment products available for purchase.

Mutual Funds involve risk including the possible loss of principal. The Eventide Funds can invest in smaller-sized companies which may experience higher failure rates than larger companies and they normally have a lower trading volume than larger companies. The Funds’ ethical values screening criteria could cause it to underperform similar funds that do not have such screening criteria. The Funds can have risk associated with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in which these companies may be heavily dependent on clinical trials with uncertain outcomes and decisions made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Funds can have risk related to option investing. There are special risks associated with investments in foreign companies including exposure to currency fluctuations, less efficient trading markets, political instability and differing auditing and legal standards. The recent growth rate in the stock market has helped to produce short-term returns that are not typical and may not continue in the future. Because of ongoing market volatility, Fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes.

An investor should consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing or sending money. This and other important information about Eventide Funds can be found in the Funds’ prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. To obtain a current prospectus please call the Fund, toll free at 877-771- EVEN (3836) or visit www.eventidefunds.com. Eventide Funds are distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, member FINRA, which is not affiliated with Eventide Asset Management, LLC.

Qatar Summit to Feature Virtual Surgery Simulator

DOHA, 7 hours, 55 minutes ago – A virtual surgery simulator, a cleft lip and palate surgical training tool, will be showcased at the upcoming World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), as one of 20 of the world’s newest and most ground-breaking healthcare innovations.

The second edition of WISH, a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will take place on February 17 and 18 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).

An interactive way of learning cleft surgical techniques

An interactive way of learning cleft surgical techniques

Smile Train developed the Virtual Surgery Simulator in collaboration with technology company BioDigital to address the challenge of training cleft surgeons around the world. A game-changer in surgical education and training, the simulator is a 3D, web-based, interactive tool that provides users with essential information and training on cleft anatomy and cleft surgical repair techniques.

The free, web-based tool offers a sustainable, accessible approach to cleft surgical training, a statement said.

Susannah Schaefer, CEO of Smile Train, said: “We’re excited to share the Simulator and our sustainable training model with experts tackling some of the most pressing and serious global health challenges facing governments, health systems and populations.”

“Since its launch in 2013, the simulator has become a key to our ‘teach a man to fish’ training model, which empowers and trains local doctors to perform cleft surgery in their own communities. Our sustainable training approach is the mantra for our success, allowing us to leverage the support from our hundreds of thousands of donors to assist children suffering from clefts worldwide.”

WISH’s Innovation Showcases offers a unique platform for smaller, independent start-ups to share healthcare innovations that have the potential to transform lives and save governments’ money.

WISH’s Innovation Showcases was opened up to global applicants and as a result has received 80 applications from 26 countries spanning all areas of health innovation; from digital healthcare and new products to smart-systems and service updates.

All applicants have the potential to transform global health – reducing the costs of healthcare delivery while improving the quality of care for patients – but only twenty could be selected.

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, executive chair of WISH, said: “Smile Train is an example of healthcare innovation that cleverly utilises technology to reduce the burden of costs on suppliers and ease the channel of distribution for practitioners.

“The end result is better patient care, faster treatment, reduced costs and improved results. That is what our Innovation Showcases aim to highlight, ways to simply and effectively improve global healthcare for all,” he added.

The WISH Summit will bring together a global network of high-level policymakers, academics and industry leaders to discuss healthcare initiatives for the benefit of people around the world. – TradeArabia News Service

United Way Calls on President Obama Help Further Youth Employment

Statement from US President, Stacey D. Stewart

The economy is getting stronger, but it’s also true that twice as many youth are unemployed than adults in the U.S., and even more for young men and women of color.

Tonight, United Way is calling on President Obama to go further. As part of America’s strategy to sustain a strong economy and boost higher education, the President should champion investment in solutions that work to help employ youth, like evidence-based apprenticeships, internships, and work-study programs.

Youth employment is a critical issue gaining momentum, with leaders like the World Bank, Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and many others honing in on youth ages 16-24 who are not in school or employed. The link between jobs and education is a clear one, and leaders of all sectors should reinforce that investing in education, skills training and workforce development pays for itself in the long- and short-term.

SDSU Spring Welcome Back

There are celebrations, new facilities, programs and faculty on campus this spring.

SAN DIEGO (January 20, 2015) — San Diego State University will welcome back Aztecs when school begins on Jan. 21.

Look for celebrations as well as new facilities, programs and faculty on campus this spring:

The union’s first birthday: This semester marks one year since the opening of the 206,000 square-foot “campus living room.” On Monday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union courtyard will feature music and treats for a special first birthday celebration. Associated Students will also welcome the SDSU community back to campus with activities set for Jan. 23-31 at or near the union. The fun ranges from a Barn Yard Bash, complete with carnival games and a mechanical bull, to a dance party and a photo booth with SDSU’s men’s basketball team.

Aztecs Shops Terrace open: The new $4 million, 4,537-square-foot facility features sheer glass on three sides and houses a Starbucks, an Aztec Market and indoor and outdoor seating. The new Starbucks replaces its former location in West Commons; which has been renovated to provide additional seating. The market has traditional convenience store offerings, but also makes sandwiches, salads and other items to order.

Leadership minor returns: Open to all SDSU undergraduate students, the minor in Leadership explores a variety of leadership theories and encourages critical thinking skills related to the analysis of leadership styles and practices. The minor, which is collaborative and interdisciplinary, is being offered again this spring. Faculty interested in having their course approved as an elective for the minor should contact Nancy Farnan; students interested in the minor should contact Robyn Adams.

Summer Internship Program: Career Services’ Summer Internship Program features a series of workshops and other preparatory activities designed to prepare students to secure and be successful during an internship. Highlights for the program this spring include an Internship Boot Camp scheduled for Feb. 7. For more information, e-mail sdsuinternships@mail.sdsu.edu or visit the internships section of the Career Services website.

New faculty this spring: Eight new faculty members will join the Aztec family this fall. Three new faculty will being joining the College of Health and Human Services — Daniel Cannon (exercise and nutritional sciences), Jochen Kressler (exercise and nutritional sciences) and Susan Kiene (public health). Five new faculty members will join the College of Sciences, including Gregory Holland (chemistry and biochemistry), Jillian Maloney (geological sciences), Antoni Luque Santolaria (mathematics and statistics), and Marina Kalyuzhnaya and Donatella Zona (biology).

Parking and Traffic: During the first few days of classes, peak traffic congestion hours are 7:30 to 10 a.m. Those who arrive after 10 a.m. should consider Parking Structures 3 and 6 on the east side of campus, which are typically the last to fill. The W Lot near the Storm and Nasatir Hall Building Complex and the H Lot near Zura Hall will be closed. College Avenue at Lindo Paseo will be closed for the South Campus Plaza project. Parking Services has more tips for parking and traffic during the first few days of classes.

SDSU Bookstore deals and discounts: SDSU Bookstore will continue offering its Price Match Pledge to students — the store will match textbook prices from KB Books, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. An aztecnology sale at the SDSU Bookstore for students, faculty and staff will take place Jan. 19 to Jan. 30. Deals include $50 off desktops and laptops, $20 off tablets and 20 percent off accessories with hardware purchase.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 89 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 34,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

Shaw’s and Star Market Make Donations to Local Hockey Communities

Kraft Hockeyville™ USA Will Award One U.S. Community the Opportunity to Host NHL® Pre-Season Game Televised on NBCSN, $150,000 in Arena Upgrades and Coveted Title as First-Ever “Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA”

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass., January 20, 2015Shaw’s and Star Market are celebrating the true spirit of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA by supporting their own local hockey communities. Today, along with the Boston Bruins, all 155 Shaw’s and Star Market stores are making a $500 donation to a local hockey team in their community.

“From pick-up games on the local ponds after school to the ice rinks filled with families throughout the week, the fine tradition of hockey thrives here in New England,” said Jim Rice, President of Shaw’s and Star Market. “We are extremely proud to partner with the Boston Bruins on this exciting program by not only making donations to 155 local teams but by also encouraging our customers to enter the contest and earn the title of “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA.”

This is the first time Kraft’s award-winning, Canadian-born Hockeyville™ program has expanded to the U.S. to help build better hockey communities throughout the country. Now through March 18, 2015 hockey communities across the U.S. can vie for the esteemed title of “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA” and enter for a chance to win the grand prize of hosting an NHL® Pre-Season game televised live on NBCSN and $150,000 in upgrades.

ABOUT SHAW’S AND STAR MARKET

Shaw’s and Star Market are working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every state it operates. Shaw’s is one of the oldest continuously operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860. Throughout five New England states, there are 155 store locations employing approximately 19,500 associates. For more information about Shaw’s, please visit www.shaws.com or connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Shaws.

Dream Foundation Reaches Milestone 20,000th Dream Served, Granting 34-Year-Old Woman’s Final Wish to Make Memories with Her Family

The national wish-granting organization celebrates serving 20,000 dreams since 1994 with special presentation to 20,000th dream recipient

Santa Barbara, CA – January 14, 2014 – Dream Foundation — the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families battling life-threatening illness—has served 20,000 dreams since it was founded in 1994. The milestone 20,000th dream was recently granted to Yvonne Rodriguez, a 34-year-old woman from Los Angeles, CA. The wife and mother of two has been battling terminal breast cancer and dreamt of sharing a special trip where she could enjoy time with her husband Michael and children, Ava, 9, and Eli, 4.

Rodriguez and her family visited SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They spent three nights at the Hilton Grand Vacation Pacific Palisades resort. “It was fabulous; it was better than anything we could have asked for,” her husband said.

Dream Foundation will be celebrating its 20,000th dream milestone with the Rodriguez Family at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 21st at Dream Foundation headquarters, 1528 Chapala St., Suite 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 with a special recognition ceremony. Press is invited to cover this event.

“What dreams do for individuals like Yvonne is allow them the chance to dream again and create memories and experience moments that are among life’s most important, for themselves but also for their loved ones,” said Dream Foundation Executive Director Kisa Heyer. “A dream for an adult is often a humble request about gathering with loved ones, making the most of the time they have left and celebrating a life lived.”

Final dreams range from basic needs items such as a mobility scooter, lift chair, working appliance or laptop, to bedside reunions, final vacations with family or meeting a personal hero. Dream Foundation has never turned down a qualified dream request. The organization receives no federal or state funding, relying solely on corporate and individual contributions and grants.

“Year after year, we continue to see a rise in dream requests, and our goal is to continue to be a resource for those in need,” Heyer said. “After 20 years, our dream recipients continue to inspire us to do the important work of providing comfort and closure during the end-of-life journey. With the support of our dedicated community, we are looking forward to ensuring that Dream Foundation is an important part of people’s lives and dreams for the next 20 years.”

About Dream Foundation

The first and largest national dream-granting organization for adults, Dream Foundation enhances the quality of life for individuals and their families battling life-threatening illness. Dream recipients are those individuals who have been given a year or less life expectancy. Dreams range from basic need items, like a working stove, to bedside reunions and meaning experiences with children and loved ones.

Founded in 1994, Dream Foundation serves more than 2,500 dreams each year and relies on a network of volunteers, sponsors, and individual donors.

For more information, visit www.dreamfoundation.org

The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel & Tesla Science Foundation Hosted Third Annual Tesla Memorial Conference & Spirit Awards

Guests celebrated Renowned Scientist Nikola Tesla Who Spent His Last 10 Years Working From and Residing at The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

NEW YORK, NY (January 19, 2015) – The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel and the Tesla Science Foundation hosted the Third Annual Tesla Memorial Conference and Spirit Awards on January 10th with a ceremonial inauguration of the Tesla Bust followed by an award presentation to individuals and organizations who contribute in paying homage to Tesla’s legacy.

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The Tesla Bust was unveiled and donated to the iconic property by Tesla Science Foundation’s President Nikola Lonchar along with Executive Director Marina Schwabic, and Serbian Orthodox priest, Father Djokan in presence of the Ambassador of Serbia in the UN, H.E. Milanovic and Ms. Moufida Goucha, Director, UNESCO Representative Office to the UN.

A special Tesla Exhibition: Past. Present. Future. was also on display that evening for a historical and memorable night honoring the legendary scientist that lived at the New Yorker Hotel, room # 3327 for his last 10 years and where he passed away 72 years ago.

About The New Yorker Hotel

Conveniently located at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden and just steps from the Jacob Javits Convention, the New Yorker Hotel is well-suited for groups, business and leisure travelers, as well as anyone seeking a great value in an unrivaled location in Manhattan. The hotel features 1,083 guest rooms, 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, an award-winning catering department, the 24-hour Tick Tock Diner and Cooper’s Tavern as well as Sky Lounge, located on the 39th floor, it offers unprecedented views of the New York City skyline. The hotel boasts a complimentary Fitness Center and a fully-equipped Business Center. Most recently, the property was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for providing outstanding service in addition to being named “Favorite Family Friendly NYC Hotel” by About.com. An iconic part of the New York City skyline, The New Yorker Hotel has had numerous notable guests such as former President John F. Kennedy, boxer Muhammad Ali, Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson, New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio, and inventor Nikola Tesla, who lived at the hotel for ten years.

Seeds of Africa Foundation Retains Momentum Communications Group to Build Awareness of Education & Community Development Programs in Ethiopia

New York, NY, January 19, 2015 – The Seeds of Africa Foundation, www.seedsofafrica.org, a New York City-based NGO that provides education and community development programs in Ethiopia, has retained Momentum Communications Group, www.momentum-cg.com, a marketing communications agency specializing in education and nonprofit clients. Momentum will provide media relations services to increase awareness of the organization’s mission and programs, focusing on its recently launched Dream School Project.

“I founded Seeds of Africa to make a meaningful impact in my community by tackling the root-cause of poverty, lack of education. Our goal is to provide an education that meets the highest international standards and prepare our students to compete with their peers globally. Through our community development program, we work with our students’ families to improve their household income and quality of life, said Atti Worku, Founder and CEO, Seeds of Africa. “We are excited to partner with Momentum to share our mission, successes to date and goals for the future.”

“Seeds of Africa has already made great strides in educating and nurturing young Ethiopian students and their families,” said Jim Miller, President of Momentum Communications Group. “We are excited to spread the word to the education, business and philanthropic communities about the amazing work Atti and her team are doing.”

Seeds of Africa began as an after-school program in Adama, Ethiopia, where it provides educational and community development programs for local children and their families. Through its two major programs, Seeding Education and Sowing Community, the foundation offers quality education to children free of charge. Through Seeding Education, more than 100 students between Pre-Kindergarten and 2nd grade receive school meals, uniforms, school supplies, access to a computer lab and library and medical support. Sowing Community works with families to increase household income and improve quality of life through adult education and financial literacy courses, entrepreneurship training, small business planning, health education services and access to financial credit.

Seeds of Africa kicked off its Dream School capital campaign in October 2014 to support a new school construction project in Adama. During this two-year campaign, Seeds of Africa plans to raise $2.2 million to build the school. With an anticipated groundbreaking in August-September 2015, the new Ethiopian Academy will meet the highest international standards, preparing students to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Expected to open in 2016, it will support 600 students from Pre-K to the 12th grade.

About Seeds of Africa

Seeds of Africa educates and nurtures under-resourced children, young adults and communities in Adama, Ethiopia. Founded in 2006 and based in New York City, Seeds of Africa achieves its mission through its two major programs; Seeding Education and Sowing Community. Through its framework of innovative curriculum, Seeding Education offers world-class quality education beginning in pre-kindergarten. In addition, students receive school meals, uniforms, school supplies and medical support. Sowing Community works with families to find local and long-term solutions to fight poverty. Through adult literacy courses, health education services and access to financial credit, families are able to increase their household income and improve their quality of life. The Dream School, the Foundation’s new school construction project will house the Seeding Education and Sowing Community programs and serve 600 students from Pre-K through 12th grade, their families, and the broader Adama community. Seeds’ vision is to create a self-sustaining model for education and community development that can be replicated in other African communities. The Dream School is Seeds of Africa’s first step towards replicating its model in other communities.

About Momentum Communications Group

Momentum Communications Group works with many of the nation’s leading foundations, nonprofits and associations, including the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Law School Admission Council, College Board, and Marine Stewardship Council. Based in New York City, Momentum won the Agency Elite Award for Best Work on Behalf of a Nonprofit/Association and the PR Daily Award for Best Media Relations Campaign Under $100,000. Momentum’s team of communicators has also been recognized for excellence in events, viral marketing, media training and op-eds.

We Can’t Breathe: Shifting the Paradigm on Inequality

38th Annual Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Pat Battle…and many more notable New Yorkers in attendance

January 16th, 2015—New York, NY; On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 African-American leaders in the human services community and their colleagues attended the 38th Annual Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel New York.

The timely theme for this year was: “We Can’t Breathe Shifting the Paradigm on Inequality” and Pat Battle of NBC 4 New York served as mistress of ceremonies for the event. The event also featured a thought provoking keynote speech by The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Former Mayor City of New York. The not-for-profit Black Agency Executives (BAE) annual luncheon raised $123K this year [2015]. Last year in 2014, $93K was raised.

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An annual event hosted by Black Agency Executives (BAE), this membership organization comprised of executives of major human service agencies in New York City. “Black Agency Executives members are standing in the gap on every socioeconomic and political issue facing people who look like us – even when the cameras aren’t rolling, even when nobody is watching, even when the credit for our contributions is hard to come by.”, said Danielle Moss Lee, President of BAE.

Each year, the BAE recognizes individuals and organizations with an outstanding track record for serving the community. This years honorees included:

  • Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO/Executive Director – Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies received the Member Agency Award
  • Vivian Manning Fox, Executive Director – 1199 Childcare Funds
  • Lowell Hawthorne, Co-Founder, President & CEO – Golden Crust Bakery & Grill

Since it’s first event in 1977, the organization has continued to grown steadily and continues to honor the life and achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bringing together thought-leaders for an afternoon of thought provoking discussion, the event is designed to inspire social change and make a difference within the black community.

On why it is important to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, Carla D. Brown, the BAE Luncheon Chair said: “Continuing to honor Dr. King’s legacy is extremely apropos at this time in our history. Fifty years after Selma, we are still struggling with racial, economic and educational injustice. This luncheon is an opportunity to encourage people to mobilize and do something to create positive change.”

The 38th Annual Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon is supported by a number of partners and sponsors including; Harlem Children’s Zone, American Express, Colgate Bright Smiles, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and Bright Futures IBM. For more information about BAE click here.

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