The NYC Mission Society Celebrates Their Annual Gala Honoring Cathy Hughes & Mannie Jackson

Pictured (l to r): Mannie Jackson, President, Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation, Elsie McCabe Thompson, President, New York City Mission Society, LTC Francis W. Kairson, Jr., Ret., Director Emeritus, New York City Mission Society, Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Urban One, Inc. (Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

What a difference a year makes! Last night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The New York City Mission Society celebrated their hard work with their annual gala. This year was very different from last year and all of our gala chairs and co-chairs seemingly got along and there were no shared speeches.

Pictured (l to r): Gala Co-Chairs, Jean and Martin Shafiroff (Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The Gala, attended by more than 330 people, is always a event on the society radar, and featured music, dance, and a program including awards presentations.

Legendary Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Urban One, Inc. (which includes TV One and Radio One), received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her myriad, trailblazing accomplishments in media, and Mannie Jackson, 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and President, Mannie Jackson for the Humanities Foundation, received the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award, named after the longtime actor and philanthropist whose family has supported the Mission Society for generations.

Designer b. Michael and Valerie Simpson (Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
“We are celebrating those who have been committed to empowering others to achieve their dreams,” said Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. They embody a profound commitment to make the world a better place, one full of promise and of opportunity, particularly for our younger generations.”