aacsa 40th Anniversary Gala

You're personally invited to celebrate "40 Years of the AACSA & Honoring Black Excellence!” located in San Jose, CA, serving Santa Clara County.   We would be honored for your presence at the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of AACSA (1978), awardees, and raise funds for programs and services.  We plan to dance the night away.


saturday october 6, 2018

6:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Susan L. Taylor

• Founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement
• Editor- in- Chief Emerita of Essence Magazine

Fairmont San Jose

170 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Emcee: Marcus Washington, Anchor, NBC Bay Area

DJ: DJ Oh Henry

DRESS CODE: Black Tie Required


The We Are One Band

Gala Awardees

Excellence in Education

Dr. Byron Breland

President, San Jose City College

Excellence in Being a Role Model


Excellence in Leadership

Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris

16th National President, The Links, Incorporated

Excellence in Community Partnership

San Jose Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Excellence in Corporate

Ms. Molly Q. Ford

Senior Director, Global Equality Programs, Salesforce

Excellence in Advocacy

Senator Jim Beall

Excellence in Health and Wellness

Mrs. Melody Hames

Mental Health Peer Support Worker Team Lead, ECCAC – African Heritage, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services

Excellence in Philanthropy

Mr. George R. Roberts

Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, KKR

CEO, Roberts Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mrs. Regina Williams-Gates

Doraville City Manager & Former San Jose City Manager

Sponsored By:


Black Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Sliver Sponsors

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