35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gala
Nugget Casino Resort
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV, 89431
January 16, 2023, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
This Year's Theme:
Dare to Dream
This year's theme is ‚ÄúDare to Dream'' after the tumultuous few years we have experienced. We are aiming to spark motivation for our community to dream, and dream again. join us for our second Hybrid experience, you don't have to be in town to celebrate with us!  
In Person
Nugget Casino Resort
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV, 89431

A Link will be sent to the email you use to purchase tickets the day of the event. PLEASE list your email, or the emails of any additional tickets you are purchasing. 

Schedule of Events 
5:00 pM
VIP Reception & Silent auction starts
A private reception for our sponsors held prior to the event to get acquainted with the NNBCAS board and meet our Keynote Speakers. Entertainment provided by the Reno Jazz Syndicate.
5:30 pM
Digital PRe Show
The Beginning of our Digital Celebration begins with an  Interactive Pre Show, featuring some of our prominent community members and live music spinning by DJ RYON
6:00 pM
Doors Open (in person)
6:30 pM
Gala Begins (in person and Digital)
Our extravagant evening begins! Featuring Musical Selections, Award Ceremony. and More! 
Our Keynote Speakers
This year we are doing something different! We have selected 5 community members to offer Small keynotes throughout the evening, that touch on the five focal points which frame our new Reimagining Initiative.  These members will give great insight to these areas, evoke change, and inspire our community and abroad!  
Dr. Al Gourrier
Cultural Awareness/Education
Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell
Holistic Health
Mr. Diaz Dixon
Professional Development
Pastor DeSean Horne
Faith Based Engagement
Ms. Lilith Baran
Civic Engagement
Award Nominations
Every year, we strive to acknowledge members of our community who make it a better place, Please nominate the person/people you feel are most qualified for these positions. Awardees will be announced during the Gala.

The Deadline for Nominations is JANUARY 6,2023
Community Service award

Qualifications are:

- Outstanding Personal Acts; Review acts of courage vision, dedication and tenacity.

- Is there anything outstanding, unique heroic about the nominee and his/her character?

- Community Impact: public service is about serving people and communities.

- Has the nominee addressed important issues facing local communities or the country?

- Has the nominee had a measurable impact?

Click the Button to make a nomination for the Community Service Award
Youth/Young Adult Leadership Award

Qualifications are:

- Has demonstrated and/or is demonstrating leadership with other youth, either in school or community programs.

- Leadership skills may include initiative, dedication, integrity, acceptance of responsibility and teamwork.

- May be demonstrating commitment to affecting positive change and building bridges among cultures and community, either as a leader or volunteer.

- Has been successful in implementing what they learned in school programs to reach personal or career goals and/or make significant changes in life

- Has overcome personal challenges and obstacles in achieving

Click the Button to make a nomination for the Youth/Young Adult Leadership Award
Black Business
Excellence award

Qualifications are:

- Business is at least Majority owned by a person who is Black/African American

- Business does NOT have to be a Brick and Mortar company, Freelancers, and independent businesses
do qualify

- Business Owner has exuded excellent measures of Customer Service

- Business Owner has in operation for two years or more, or has made a great impact in the community in a brief time.
Join us on January 16
We look forward to hosting you!

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