From:        One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York

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Photo Caption—One Hundred Black Men., Inc. of New York 35th Annual Benefit Gala Honorees pictured from left to right: Torrence Boone, Duane C. Farrington, Carla A. Harris, and Hon. Charles B. Rangel.

NEW YORK, January 15, 2015—The Board of Directors of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York announced today the honorees for the 35th Annual Benefit Gala which will be held on Thursday, February 19th at the New York Hilton Hotel.

The honorees are:

·         Torrence Boone, Global Head of Agency Sales & Services, Google

·         Duane C. Farrington, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, State Farm

·         Carla A. Harris., Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

·         Hon. Charles B. Rangel, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

Gary Smalls will be recognized as “Mentor of the Year.”

Gala Co-Chairs are Robert B. Brown, CFO, New York Yankees, and Will Brown, Jr., President, Brown Companies And Associates, Inc. The Gala Committee includes John H. Austin, Jr., Steven A. Board, Frederick E. Davis, Jr., Anthony Dupree, Aldrin K. Enis, Michael J. Garner, James Harrison, T. Terrence McKinney, Kaliv Parker, and Hilton O. Smith.

WBLS Radio Personality Shaila Scott and Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Good Day New York, WNYW Fox5, will be the co-emcees of the black tie fundraiser that features a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, awards program and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and additional information, please call (212) 997-0100.


As Global Head of Agency Sales & Services, Torrence Boone is responsible for driving Google’s worldwide strategy and relationships with marketing and advertising agencies. In this capacity, he leads a team that partners with diverse agency constituents to craft innovative ideas and campaigns leveraging the Google product portfolio to deliver business-building results for advertisers. Prior to Google, Torrence held senior agency leadership positions with WPP & Publicis: Global CEO of Enfatico; President of Digitas Boston; and VP/GM of Avenue A (now Razorfish) in New York. Before his tenure in advertising, Torrence was a senior manager at Bain & Company, where he advised a broad range of clients on corporate and business unit strategy, mergers and acquisitions, new product development, and interactive strategy.

Duane C. Farrington, CPCU, is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of State Farm. His responsibilities include oversight of systems, enterprise change adoption, the customer care center, integrated solutions department, the innovation team, and the business and technology integration office. Duane joined State Farm in 1980 as a claim representative in the Concord Ville, Pa., office.  He was named executive vice president & chief administrative officer in 2012.

Carla A. Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history.

Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum  and  in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Congressman Charles B. Rangel, now serving his 23rd term in the House of Representatives, has been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation. He was a prime contributor to President Obama’s historic health care reform law. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

A leading advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity, Congressman Rangel has boosted the incomes of millions of working families with the Earned Income Tax Credit, and pumped billions of dollars into revitalization of communities across the nation, including Harlem. Demonstrating his commitment to education, he has created financial mechanisms to construct and rehabilitate public schools across the country.

Among his proudest achievements is founding the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in the State Department, in cooperation with Howard University.  As of 2013, there are 160 Rangel Fellows serving as U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers in U.S. Embassies around the world. Congressman Rangel still resides with his wife Alma in Harlem where he was born. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.


One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York was founded in 1963 when a group of successful African American men came together to pool their resources to positively impact the Black community.

One Hundred Black Men, Inc.’s service projects focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment.  The organization has a long and successful history of working with its corporate and community partners to make significant differences in the lives of the communities it serves.  A celebrated example is the establishment of The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, with a focus on academic excellence, leadership and character development and more recently, Eagle Academies have opened in Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, NJ, and Harlem.

For more information or to support the programs of the organization, call 212-777-7070 or log on to and click the “Donate” tab.