100 Black Men Hold Anniversary Banquet

The 100 Black Men of Syracuse held its Fifth Anniversary Celebration Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool. The banquet’s theme was “Our Past, Now Our Future.”

Charleston and Mary Collins visit with old friends during the celebration. | Taylor Desirae Baucom, Staff Photo

Meritor, Inc.’s Vernon G. Baker II, senior vice president and general counsel, served as keynote speaker during the evening’s anniversary celebration. Baker shared his personal experiences as well as lessons for minority entrepreneurs and future business leaders in the Central New York area.

In a release from Meritor, Baker said “organizations like ‘100 Black Men of Syracuse’ that direct their efforts at serving underserved youth play an important role for the business and legal communities. By mentoring, we can expand and further diversify the pool of college students who become employees and future business leaders. We all benefit and for that reason, they deserve my support and yours.”

During the event, entertainment was provided by Signature Syracuse, Sonya Hines and the Dance Theatre of Syracuse.

Valerie Flanagan was one of the key speakers at the anniversary banquet for the 100 Black Men of Syracuse. | Taylor Desirae Baucom, Staff Photo

 

The Dance Theatre of Syracuse performed during the 100 Black Men of Syracuse anniversary celebration held Dec. 7, 2012. | Taylor Desirae Baucom, Staff Photo

 

The 100 Black Men of Syracuse held its fifth anniversary celebration at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. | Taylor Desirae Baucom, Staff Photo

 

Signature Syracuse performed during the 100 Black Men of Syracuse's fifth anniversary celebration held Dec. 7, 2012. | Taylor Desirae Baucom, Staff Photo

 

Mayor of Ithaca, Svante Myrick, attended the 100 Black Men of Syracuse anniversary celebration held Dec. 7, 2012 in Liverpool. | Taylor Desirae Baucom, Staff Photo