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Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Tracey Lincoln

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Get Your Tickets for To The Nines!

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Beverly Hilton
876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Dinner – a Los Angeles tradition – serves as the League’s signature fundraiser.  The Awards Dinner was launched in 1974 and is considered one of the most highly anticipated annual fundraising events in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Urban Leauge Young Professionals invite you to join us at this year’s gala and stay for our annual To the Nines After Party!

The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) is a membership organization offering young professionals opportunities to participate in community service and professional development in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Our annual To the Nines event is our largest fundraiser of the year and honors nine emerging professionals innovating creatively or in business, academia or the community. To the Nines is consistently LAULYP largest fundraiser and a phenomenal evening of network and net worth building.


This year for the first time ever all nine of our honorees will be acknowledged on stage during the Whitney M Young Gala presented by the Los Angeles Urban League. With the backing of UPS we’re excited to announce our nine honorees and present their unparalleled accomplishments to the greater Los Angeles Community and the world. They are: 

Non Profit-Erika McCall, Assistant Director, Manifest Your Destiny Foundation

Entertainment-Lil Rel, Comedian, Actor, The Carmichael Show

Politics-Kenya Parham, Political Strategist & Fundraising Specialist

Government-Jawane Hilton, Community Relations Director & Thought Leader

Entertainment-James Ward III, Publicist at Terry Hines & Associates

Broadcast-Kristina Pink, NFL on Fox Sideline Reporter, LA Clippers Courtside Reporter

Entertainment-Andre Johnson, Director, The Virtual Reality Company

Business-John Bowdre, Motivational Speaker, China Trade Consultant, & Corporate Trainer

Faith-Rev. Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard, Pastor, Word of Encouragement Community Church and program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement

About the Los Angeles Urban League

Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League is recognizing 94 years of service to Los Angeles communities. The League is the city’s premier community organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority youths and adults through innovative job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs. Nolan V. Rollins serves as President & CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, one of the largest and most successful affiliates of the National Urban League.


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