African American Community Service Agency to Celebrate Four Decades of Impactful Service in San Jose at 40th Annual Gala

Highly-anticipated October 6 event will honor black excellence and salute distinguished community and corporate leaders
By: African American Community Service Agency (AACSA)
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Aug. 29, 2018 - PRLog -- The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people live healthier, happier lives in San Jose and Santa Clara County, today announced it will host its 40th Annual Gala on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The black-tie event will be held at the Fairmont San Jose, and will serve as a fundraiser to maintain and expand operation and service funds, for programs like AACSA's character-building Leadership Academy. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now at

Commemorating AACSA's 40 years in the San Jose and Silicon Valley area, the evening's festivities, honors and entertainment will include include keynote speaker Susan L. Taylor, former editor in chief of Essence Magazine, a VIP reception, live performance by We Are One Band, followed by a delicious dinner and live auction.

"It's an exciting time for our organization, community, and the people whose lives have benefited or been impacted by the services, programs and events AACSA offers," said Milan Balinton, executive director of African American Community Service Agency. "It's time to bring together our community and corporate partners, celebrate the achievements of some of the best of the best, while looking forward and setting milestones for AACSA's next 40 years."

This year's 40th Annual Gala honorees include:
  • Excellence in Education, Dr. Byron Breland, President, San Jose City College
  • Excellence in Leadership, Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris, 16th National President, The Links, Incorporated;
  • Excellence in Community Partnership, San Jose Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
  • Excellence in Corporate, Ms. Molly Q. Ford, Senior Director, Global Equality Programs, Salesforce
  • Excellence in Advocacy, Senator Jim Beall
  • Excellence in Health and Wellness, Mrs. Melody Hames, Mental Health Peer Support Worker Team Lead, ECCAC – African Heritage, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services
  • Excellence in Philanthropy, Mr. George R. Roberts, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, KKR, CEO, Roberts Foundation
  • Excellence in Being a Role Model, TBA
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Mrs. Regina Williams-Gates, Doraville City Manager; Former San Jose City Manager
To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or learn more about attending the event, please contact AACSA at 408-292-3157. You can also purchase tickets and register online at

About African American Community Service Agency (AACSA)
The African American Community Service Agency is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Our vision is to provide quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities. Strengthening African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life is at the heart of all AACSA programs. Membership at AACSA is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The AACSA's diverse activities and services offer a natural gateway to African American life. For more info, please visit

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