Black Pumps 2017 Leadership Summit & Gala sets a new Record! On October 21, 2017, the Black Pumps Gala welcomed more attendees than was originally planned and paid for. In the words of Chike Nweke, the CEO of Life and Times Magazine, “the event was oversold” and it was a GREAT thing. In typical Black Pumps Fashion, the men and the women were adorned by the most gorgeous gowns and suits, in a phrase, they came to slay! It was a beautiful night full of excellence, beauty and love. The food was the best and the attendees enjoyed a great performance by Kechi Okwuchi. It was an unforgettable night.
Black Pumps honored two Millennial Disrupters, truly young Women of excellence, Courage and Strength; Grace Eleyae, the Founder of Grace Eleyae, Inc., manufacturers of the satin-lined caps (SLAPs) and Kechi Okwuchi, the Singer, Performer and Finalist of Season 12 American Got Talent. Kechi is also one of the two survivors of the 2005 Sosoliso Plane Crash that claimed the lives of 107 out of 109 passengers and crew.
Black Pumps, Inc. prides itself in being a premier and unique organization that includes men in the empowerment of women. The Founder is often heard saying that “we do women empowerment differently; we include men”. In the 2017 Gala, a very dynamic and distinguished humanitarian, Clifford Eke, MD,
Surgeon with Kaiser and CEO of Chima Medical Missions, received the most coveted award of the night, the Voluntary, Community and Humanitarian Award for his countless and selfless medical missions to Africa and Central America. The Award was presented by Ethiopian Airlines, Black Pumps newest partner.
Black Pumps thanks all its supporters, sponsors and donors. A special thanks to the Founder’s Circle Sponsors, Residency Hotels, Nigeria, Choice Home Care, Inc. and Ethiopian Airlines. We are blessed to have quite a few major corporate sponsors and donors as New York Life, Disney, Equinox, Six Flags, Barry’s tickets, Halper Art, Franklin Covey, and Norma Bruhn. Thank you Voltage Indoor Cycling, LSO Designs, Unoma Fashion, Anita Chinyere Smith, Madam Kofo, Josephine Akametalu for our auction items.
We cannot end our gratitude without recognizing the following men who are truly Black Pumps Men, they support us year after year with their physical presence, their financial support, their emotional support and without them, we will not be here. In no particular order, we salute: Ike Mbelu, Chinedu Nwasike, MD, Ed Ademisoye, Charles Agege, E. Kenneth Nwabueze, Ugo Nwasike and Chike Nwasike.
One of the highlights of the night is when Dr. Steve O. Michael, the Executive Vice President and Provost of Academic Affair of Charles Drew Medical and Science University, announced their partnership with Black Pumps, Inc. and donated two (2) $2,500 scholarship to Black Pumps scholars. Black Pumps will be partnering with Charles Drew for the FIRST ANNUAL HIGH IMPACT SUMMIT (a College, Career and Life preparatory summit for high school student) in Summer of 2018. Stay tuned.
We acknowledge all our attendees, supporters and donors, together, we can change the world by serving the underserved and underrepresented. To all the LA Divas who came out to support us, YOU ROCK ON A HIGHER LEVEL.
Our Theme this year was DARE TO BUILD – Key to Unstoppable Greatness and we had the most amazing and inspiring speakers like the phenomenal Aya Eneli, Speaker,Author, Entrepreneur and Attorney, amazing Dr. Ngozi Ilouno, the goddess herself, Sheila Lee and our incredibly talented Elvis Tognia.
See you all on October 19-20, 2018 in Los Angeles. Keep watching this space