Inside The 25th Annual Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Black Tie & Sneakers Gala

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Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser, CEO of the AAIUH, 2019 honorees Guy Vickers, Cheryl Wills, Sydney C. Butts, Stan Smith & AAIUH Board Chair Brett Wright. Photo by Mark D. Phillips.

The 25th Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala benefiting the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), took place on Wednesday, October 2nd, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine gathered to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion, activist, and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

This year’s gala was co-hosted for the first time by Ruschell Boone, reporter and anchor for Spectrum News NY1, and Les Trent, senior correspondent for Inside Edition.

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Photo by Mark D. Phillips.

SportsBall 2019 honored Stan Smith, tennis legend and President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Cheryl Wills, Emmy-winning anchor for Spectrum NY1 Live at Ten, and host of In Focus with Cheryl Wills; Guy Vickers, President of the PVH Foundation; and Sydney C. Butts, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser, CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, presided over the gala.

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Photo by Mark D. Phillips.

VIPs in attendance, in addition to the co-hosts and honorees, included: David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York City and past SportsBall honoree; Brett Wright, Co-Founder and CEO of Uptown Media Ventures, and Board Chair of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health; Wayne J. Riley, President SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University; Yvonna Kopacz Wright, Actress, The Village, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Guiding Light; Mike Woods, Meteorologist and Reporter on FOX 5’s Good Day New York, People Magazine’s Sexiest Anchor Alive, and SportsBall 2018 honoree; Steve Lacy, Anchor Fox 5 News at 5:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Tamsen Fadal, 12-time Emmy winning Anchor, PIX11 News, and host of Broadway Profiles; Kori Chambers, PIX 11 News Anchor; Mr. G, Meteorologist, PIX 11 News; Ines Rosales, Morning Traffic Anchor on FOX 5 Good Day New York; Javier Gomez, Artist & Designer, Maison&Objet Ambassador, featured in BVLGARI, FENDI Casa, Roche-Bobois, People Magazine’s Sexiest Artist Alive; and Kym Hampton (WNBA), retired professional basketball player.

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