Charlotte’s business, civic and political leaders are looking forward to participating again in the 5th Annual Gray Golf Classic. Bob Marshall, senior vice president in business banking for Wells Fargo Bank, and Steve Crump, Emmy award winning documentary producer and WBTV news anchor, will serve as Honorary Hosts for 2013.
Former players and currently registered duffers include Congressman Mel Watt, the Honorable former NC Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, former Mayor Harvey Gantt, former Mayor Anthony Foxx, Patrick Cannon (Mayor Pro Tem), David Howard (At Large City Council Member), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe, Bob Morgan (Chamber of Commerce), Dr. Ronald Carter (President, Johnson C. Smith University), Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. (President, Livingstone College), Al Dotson (National chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America), Jerome Russell (HJ Russell Construction), and Kevin Henry (Snyder’s-Lance).
The golf tournament, to be held at The Golf Club at Ballantyne on Saturday, July 20, 2013, is but a part of the weekend’s activities under the networking umbrella of the Gray Classic. During the Gray Classic weekend, several events are held throughout Charlotte so that the entire community can get involved, even those who do not play golf. These events include:
- a Business Roundtable at the Wells Fargo Auditorium on Thursday, July 18,
- a Welcome Reception on Friday, July 19 at Delta’s Restaurant,
- the Women’s Empowerment Brunch at Ballantyne (sold out) on Saturday, July 20,
- The After Party Saturday night at Vapiano and
- A Sunday Farewell Brunch at Upstream Restaurant.
Chirl Girl, host and producer of the show bearing her name on CBS Radio WBAV 101.9, will set aside professional production duties to serve as mistress of ceremonies at the Gray Classic’s 2013 Women’s Empowerment Brunch. This event is sold out and currently a waiting list offers the only opportunity to have a chance to attend this popular affair.
The mission of the Gray Classic is to help provide an avenue for students to achieve a higher education, engage in an award winning mentoring program and to provide opportunities for youth to network with community business, civic and political leaders.
This is the fourth year that proceeds from the golf tournament and related events will go to benefit the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte’s Movement of Youth (MOY) mentoring and education program.
“The Movement of Youth represents a group of young people who may be on their way to college but who may not go without the right interventions,” said Herb Gray, a Charlotte businessman and founder of The Gray Classic. “Many of these young men are at a crossroads and being involved with the right mentors increases the likelihood that they will choose the right path. This is our way of showing them that they have the support of an entire community behind them.”
As a public display of Gray’s words and the 100’s mission, a scholarship check will be presented at the golf course to Quelontae Nunn, one of the 100’s MOY graduates who will attend NC Central University this Fall.
For a complete schedule of events, times and locations, please visit www.TheGrayClassic.com.