2020 GUIDING LIGHT MENTORING GALA
On behalf of Guiding Light Mentoring (GLM), we are pleased to announce October 16, 2020, is the date of the 4th Annual Guiding Light Mentoring Gala and Silent Auction. The festivities will take place from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM in the ballroom at The Phoenix located at 812 Race Street in Cincinnati Ohio.
We welcome this year’s keynote speaker for the evening, Korey Wise, one of the Central Park 5 who were wrongfully sentenced and convicted of rape and severe assault. After being incarcerated for 14 years, he along with the other four young men were fully exonerated. His story is compelling, and he is a powerful advocate for criminal justice reform.
Guiding Light Mentoring's 4th Annual Gala is its major fundraising event to support our Youth Education, Wellness, and Leadership Programs. The programs work as a collaborative process promoting healthy mentee-mentor relationships with goals which focus on improving overall health, social, and the cultural intelligence of the mentees.
Each volunteer’s focus is to empower our mentees with skill-sets assisting them to overcome adversity while excelling in today's challenged society. We empower our youth to choose a path in preparation of their role as tomorrow's future leaders. Please join us on this journey by choosing to take on the role of a Guiding Light Mentoring 2020 Gala Sponsor. Your generous gift and support will assist us in empowering tomorrow’s future leaders today.
The year is 2020-a new decade filled with bright promise for the Guiding Light Mentoring Program. Event Honorary Chair, Gwen Robinson, former President and CEO of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) is leading a team of civic, community and corporate leaders who are dedicated to supporting the mission and vision of the Guiding Light Mentoring Program.
A passionate advocate for families and youth, Ms. Robinson served in the leadership role at CAA for 18 years. During that time, she successfully evolved the Agency into a one of the city’s major human services and economic development provider that serves nearly 35,000 individuals and families annually throughout the entire county.
Korey Wise was 16 years-old when he voluntarily went to the police station to support his friend Yusef Salaam after Salaam was brought in for questioning in connection with a rape and severe assault in Central Park.42 hours later, Wise was coerced into a false confession that conflicted glaringly with the facts of the case. Nevertheless, he and four other young boys of color were tried and wrongfully convicted of multiple crimes.
Wise was the only one of the five to be tried and sentenced as an adult. Of the five, he also spent the most time in prison, approximately fourteen years in adult facilities, an experience he says had an unalterable impact on his life but also inspired his focus on positivity today. Wise was still serving his sentence at Auburn Correctional Facility when he had a chance encounter with Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer who confessed to having committed the crime alone.
Following his confession, DNA evidence proved that Reyes was the sole rapist and Wise was fully exonerated with the four others in 2002.
Courtis John Fuller’s broadcasting career has spanned more than 30 years. Most of that time has been spent as a news anchor in Cincinnati for the NBC affiliate WLWT-TV. He has received more than 300 awards for his excellence in journalism and his tireless community service. He has been recognized by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, United Press International, the Orlando Press Club and the Cleveland Press Club. Courtis is also one of the first journalists inducted into the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists and Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He is a much sought after speaker and host for dozens of events and we are happy to have him for this Gala.
Natural Progression is a group who believes that “good people deserve good music. "Originating in February 2011, NP hit the ground running and has yet to be stopped. Their exhilarating sound derives from each individual’s roots in Jazz, R & B, Soul, Neo-Soul, and Gospel. The true meaning of “Live” music comes to life when Ronald Fairbanks (keyboard), Jarel Clay Drums) Matt Eugene (Bass), Ben Sweeney (Guitar) Micah Davis (Lead Vocals) and Kei Marie (Lead Vocals) hit the stage. With their distinct sound, NP captures their audience, while taking them on a musical quest, covering artist such as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Chaka Kahn, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Adele, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston and many more.