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The National Urban Technology Center 19th Annual Gala Celebration

On Wednesday, June 11th The National Urban Technology Center will host its 2014 gala benefit celebrating Urban Tech’s 19 years of service connecting students and families to digital literacy, comprehensive health education and life skills that are critical to academic success. Urban Tech will be joined by over 300 corporate and community leaders who have all pledged their support of the organization’s vital mission.

This year’s gala will be held at Three Sixty°, a gorgeous venue in TriBeCa known for its breathtaking views and spectacular food. Proceeds from the event will benefit The National Urban Technology Center and go towards supporting youth by giving them the capacity for positive behavior and academic success.

The evening begins with a VIP cocktail party at 6pm, followed by the dinner and awards ceremony, and an exciting silent and live auction. Maurice DuBois, award winning anchor of “CBS 2 News This Morning” and the weekend edition of “CBS Evening News,” will serve as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening alongside E! Entertainment News personality Alicia Quarles.

This year The Urban Tech Gala has assembled another group of distinguished honorees including CSI & Covert Affairs actor Hill Harper, who will accept the Humanitarian Award; Christopher J. Williams, Chairman, CEO and Founder of The Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC, who will accept Urban Tech’s Corporate Leadership Award; Kimberly B. Davis, Managing Director at Teneo Strategy, will accept Urban Tech’s Community Service Award; and Stephen M. Coan, Ph.D. will accept the Educational Leadership Award. Dr. Coan is President and CEO of Sea Research Foundation and is also being honored by the Obama Administration for his work. Former New York Knick John Starks is co-chairing the gala. The evening will also feature two very special award presentations by Lou Gossett and Billie Jean King.

There will be exciting live and silent auctions with amazing items such as a week long stay at The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, David Letterman tickets, a trip to visit actor and honoree Hill Harper on the set of “Covert Affairs” in Toronto, VIP Katy Perry tickets, tickets to see Tony Award winning play Kinky Boots and then go back stage to meet the leading man Billy Porter, TOP designer clothing items and more.

Countless notable celebrities and personalities have taken part in previous galas including Michael Bloomberg, Mariska Hargitay, Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, Senator Kristen Gillibrands, Senator Thomas Daschle, Patti LaBelle, Blair Underwood, Star Jones, Judy A. Smith, Richard Kind, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin Vega, Lori Stokes, B. Smith, Miss USA Olivia Culpo, Callie Thorne, and Tatum O’Neal.

The event will be held at Three Sixty in TriBeCa. It is located at 10 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL URBAN TECHNOLOGY CENTER: The National Urban Technology Center (Urban Tech), a not-for-profit educational corporation, transforms lives through the power of technology by giving youth the capacity for positive behavior and academic success. Urban Tech achieves its mission by teaching students essential life skills, and by training and coaching parents and educators to support social and emotional learning. Urban Tech’s flagship programs, The Youth Leadership Academy® (YLA) and SeedTech®, are delivered online to enhance the ability of schools and after-school programs to reach and effectively teach all students.WWW.URBANTECH.ORG

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