2021 R.E.D. GALA

A Virtual Gala Experience

Celebrating Racial Equity and Diversity

Thursday, April 29 at 5 PM (EST)

2021 R.E.D. Gala Honorees, Host and Special Guest

Joseph R. Jingoli, Jr.

JINGOLI Construction

Andrea McChristian

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Jeh C. Johnson

Special Guest; Fmr. Secretary of Homeland Security

Lenny  Green

Gala Host & WBLS-FM 107.5 Host of "The Quiet Storm with Lenny Green"


Alison Banks-Moore

Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey

Carlos Rodriguez

Community FoodBank of New Jersey


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Our 2021 R.E.D. Virtual Gala was a phenomenal event.

A special thanks to everyone who made this possible.  Without all of you we would not be the comprehensive community development corporation that revitalizes local neighborhoods, supports families and equips working residents with the financial empowerment opportunities they need to thrive.

Everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.

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The Urban League of Essex County's Mission Statement

The Urban League of Essex County is an organization of talented professionals, caring volunteers, and engaged trustees dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged residents throughout Essex County, New Jersey.  We believe in the American dream – that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.

Our mission is to help African Americans and disadvantaged urban residents in the achievement of social and economic self-sufficiency with a vision of vibrant, thriving urban communities with good jobs, good schools, and a quality of life that makes them neighborhoods of choice strengthened by our values of excellence, innovation, integrity, respect and effective collaboration.

In consideration of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Urban League of Essex County (ULEC) is proud to announce that our annual R.E.D. - Racial Equity and Diversity - Gala will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021. It will be broadcast as a " Virtual Experience" to celebrate the past and future advances for communities of color. Please Save-The-Date. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year and we hope that we have your support at least equal to, or greater than, previous years as obviously our client families in Essex County are experiencing extraordinary hardship with COVID spread, joblessness, and food insecurity.

The Need for Your Donation – Now More Than Ever

While we will miss the opportunity to meet in person, the growing need makes it imperative that our work continues. Did you know that over 100,000 families received food donations through our partnership with the Community Food Bank of NJ? In addition, through ULEC's core initiatives, including Housing Assistance, Workforce and Job Training, IT/Coding programs and, our onsite Daycare and Preschool.

The need continues to grow and your support for this virtual gala will ensure that these programs are not interrupted throughout the pandemic and into 2021.

Sponsorship, Advertising, and Branding Benefits for Your Donation

We are excited about this years’ event and thanks to this digital experience, we are able to expand our sponsorship package to maximize your reach in the community. Sponsored benefits includes Virtual Invitations, the VIP R.E.D. Gala Gift Box, pre-recorded speaking opportunity for up to 120 seconds and more. Networking in a virtual environment is an excellent way to promote your organization using unlimited event attendance and video replays. I am confident that your donation will have a measurable impact in our community.

Thank you in advance for your support of the Urban League of Essex County's 2021 R.E.D. Virtual Gala. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay Safe and Be Well…

Vivian Cox Fraser,
President & CEO


Gala Contact Information

Urban League of Essex County
2021 R.E.D. Gala Committee
508 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ  07107
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