Soledad O’ Brien, Robert Gore, MD, Mary Bassett, MD, & Kathy Hirata Chin Honored At The 23rd Black Tie & Sneakers Gala

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The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health celebrated its 23rd Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on Wednesday, October 18th at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine gathered to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

The SportsBall featured interactive games, dinner buffet, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Each guest received a complimentary pair of Adidas sneakers generously donated by Rack Room Shoes, and Adidas.

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The gala was co-hosted by Cheryl Wills, Award-winning NY1 News Anchor and best-selling author, and David Ushery, Award-winning NBC 4 New York Anchor, creator of The Debrief with David Ushery, and co-host of Moms and the City and a Dad named David.

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The gala honored Soledad O’ Brien, award-winning journalist, speaker, and author; Robert Gore, MD, ER Physician, SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine; Mary Bassett, MD, Commissioner, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; and Kathy Hirata Chin, Esquire, Senior Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LL., the institute’s CEO Dr. Marilyn Fraser delivered the welcoming speech.

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Other VIPs in attendance included: David Dinkins, Former New York City Mayor; Darelle Revis, Former New York Jet, NFL Cornerback; Kym Hampton, Former WNBA Center for the New York Liberty; Tobias Truvillion, Award Winning actor and model; Harry Carson, Former NFL inside linebacker for the New York Giants; Paul Wharton; Author, and TV Personality on FOX 5’s Good Day DC.; Sidra Smith; Film, and Television Producer — Daredevil, A Luv Tale, Master Spy; Natasha Alford, Host of “True Story,” Journalist, Deputy Editor at The Grio; and Brett Wright, Co-Founder, CEO/ Uptown Media Ventures, and Board Chair of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

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