Black and Gold Gala

Please join the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and
Honorary Chair, Mayor James F. Kenney for the

Black and Gold Gala

6 to 10 p.m.
Crystal Tea Room
100 Penn Square East | Philadelphia, PA 19107



Leslie Bluestone





Corporate Leadership Award

Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. In addition, the Xfinity brand provides wireless, security and automation services. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks; the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks; television production operations; television station groups; Universal Pictures; and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights.

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Community Hero Award
President, WURD Radio

Sara Lomax-Reese is the President and CEO of WURD Radio, LLC, Pennsylvania’s only African-American owned talk radio station. She transformed WURD Radio from a legacy talk radio station to a multimedia communications company providing cutting-edge, original programming on-air, online and through community events. In 2017, Sara led the expansion of 900AM-WURD to the FM dial.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Sara has written for many publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and Essence Magazine, as well as contributed to a book of essays, “Our Black Sons Matter.”

Sara also served as an adjunct professor at Oglethorpe University, and she taught a collaborative course at the University of Pennsylvania. Sara completed the Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership program in 2018, and this year she will attend the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard Kennedy School.

Sara has received numerous awards, and was most recently named one of the “100 Most Influential Philadelphians” by Philadelphia Magazine. She sits on a variety of boards and has participated on the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. Sara is also co-founder of Philadelphia’s People of Color meditation group, and is the proud mother of three boys.

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Alumni Achievement Award
Manager/Buyer, Joan Shepp

Tuesday Gordon is one of the most influential fashion professionals in Philadelphia and on the east coast. After nearly four decades, Tuesday is at the forefront of the industry and many of the city’s most stylish people turn to her when it comes to fashion.

Her career began with positions at The Limited, Joan and David, and Toby Lerner. For the past 20 years, she has held dual roles as buyer and manager at Joan Shepp, a Philadelphia institution. She was also the stylist for the television program “You Bet Your Life.” An avid traveler, her trips around the globe have enhanced her unique fashion sense.

Nineteen years ago, Tuesday founded “Celebrating Women of Substance and Style,” an annual Black History Month event to honor black women who make a difference. It has grown into a highly anticipated event with a portion of ticket sales donated to charity. Tuesday has also raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims, and is a volunteer for Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Medical Fund. She also volunteered for President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, and has been a speaker and mentor at Moore College and Drexel University.

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The purpose of the Black & Gold Gala is to recognize outstanding service of individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services and health. This recognition is awarded to those who exemplify leadership and are active in community initiatives in Philadelphia.


Event proceeds will benefit the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship, which provides Philadelphia high school graduates the opportunity to pursue an associate degree at Community College of Philadelphia with no cost for tuition and fees.

Cocktail Attire Preferred

Cocktail attire is requested. We look forward to seeing you in your suits and cocktail dresses.


Crystal Tea Room


Honorary Chair

The Honorable Mayor James F. Kenney


Rasheia Johnson
Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc.

Joan N. Stern, Esq.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot

Committee Members

Michael W. Banks
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Ronald Williams
Fox Rothschild LLP

Ronald Davis
Parx Casino

Romulo L. Diaz
PECO Energy (retired)

Matthew Freimuth

Napoleon Garcia
Impacto Newspaper

Lisette Gonzalez
Heart Beet Kitchen, Cherry Hill

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Joanne McFall
Keystone First

Sulaiman Rahman

Bill Ryan
Einstein Health Network

William R. Sasso
Stradley Ronon

Javier Suarez
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Joe Tucker, Esq.
Tucker Law Group

Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Check Out Exciting Scenes from 2019

The 2019 Black & Gold Gala was a success, more than 600 people attended and $310,000 was raised for Community College of Philadelphia scholarship programs. The Gala recognized the outstanding service of notable Philadelphians who exemplify leadership and community activism, as well as the outstanding achievements of the College’s students and alumni. Below are event photos and videos:



Malcolm Jenkins

Julie Coker Graham

Hayward Bell


2019 Photo Gallery


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Check out some of our guests in action at the Foto Fete photo booth.

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