Black Tie for Black History event honors Buffalo’s Difference Makers

Black Tie for Black History is an annual semi-formal event that also serves as a fundraiser for the Buffalo Funk Fest.

BUFFALO, NY – It’s the last Friday of Black History Month, and Friday night the Buffalo community had the opportunity to celebrate those who make a difference.

Black Tie for Black History is an annual semi-formal event that also serves as a fundraiser for the Buffalo Funk Fest. Guests of Honor are people who step up to make a difference in the community.

David A. Smiley ii | retired naval chief

“I think the biggest part is that Marnetta (Malcolm) and his organization shine a light on the talents that we have that otherwise aren’t known in our community,” said David A. Smiley II, one of the honorees. of this year.

“That it even exists, so keeping a spotlight on that is an honor indeed.”

Another winner said it was a pleasant surprise because he does things to help people, not for praise.

Other winners included Robert Cornelius, Tiffany Lewis, Michelle Barron, Thomas Fluker and Valeria Cray.

Black Tie for Black History is sponsored by Dr Catherine Collins, local attorney John Elmore and Camellia Foods, The Challenger, Power 96.5 and WUFO Radio.

All of Friday Night’s winners are stepping up to be positive role models for Buffalo-area children.

Joseph K. Bennett