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Urban Tech Gala 2017

Pat BransfordUrban Tech, Founder – Pat Bransford 

The Urban Tech Gala 2017 took place on June 14th at Guastavino’s in NYC. Hannah Bronfman was honored as a special guest during  the event. Hannah is a DJ, health and wellness enthusiast and founder of HBFIT.com, a unique online community people passionate about health, beauty, fitness, wellness, travel, music and travel.

Hannah BronfmanHannah Bronfman

This year’s Humanitarian Award was given to Valerie Jarett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. The Corporate Leadership Honoree was Vicki Fuller, Chief Investment Officer at New York State’s Common Retirement Fund. The Community Leadership Award was given to Don Lowery, Senior Vice President Community Engagement at Nielsen.

Valerie JarettValerie Jarett

The gala was co-hosted by Alicia Quarles, TV host, reporter and humanitarian and Ted Lange, actor, director and screenwriter. Presenters include CNN reporter Laura Jarrett, and executive, investor, philanthropist Robert F. Smith and CEO of Tonio Burgos & Associates, Tonio Burgos, Sherry Bronfman.

Guests enjoyed a VIP Reception and Silent Auction, followed by an awards dinner and live auction.  Spotted at the event was Laquan Smith, luxury womenswear fashion designer and top model Grace Mahary, who’s graced the catwalks for Chanel, Saint Laurent and Prada among others.

Grace MaharyCatwalk Model – Grace Mahary

Grace Mahary vibesGrace Mahary

Laquan Smith and Pat BransfordLaquan Smith and Pat Bransford

The Urban Technology Center (Urban Tech, http://www.urbantech.org) – a non-profit organization that has, for more than two decades, transformed the lives of youth in urban communities through their intensive social emotional learning programs.  This year’s 22nd gala theme is “Investing in Today’s Youth-Tomorrow’s Leaders.”



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