April 9 6th Annual Men of Honor Gala for 100 Black Men of Omaha Inc. Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. 7 p.m., $100 patron, $1,500 table partner, more sponsorship levels available 402-934-7065, 100blackmenomaha.org Stepping up to the challenge of too many African American youths and communities falling behind is 100 Black Men of Omaha. Among its works, this chapter of the nationwide mentoring and enrichment effort pairs strong, successful black men with at-risk black children. Their mantra is “what they see, is what they’ll be.” Dependent on private donations and membership dues, the chapter also counts heavily on its annual gala fundraiser, a recognition dinner featuring high achieving role models. The 2011 honorees include: Marlin Briscoe, the NFL’s first black quarterback; John Mackiel, Omaha Public Schools superintendent; and Maj. Gen. Abraham Turner, Strategic Command chief of staff. The host is actor-director John Beasley. The volunteer mentors embody the group’s motto of Real Men Giving Real Time. The chapter could use some real money, too.

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