"This is a wonderful affair; It's all about kids," said Almie McIntyre, event chair, referring to the organization's mentoring and educational programs.
"This is really our main event of the year, having the chance to see all our supporters; being able to look them in the eye, hug them and thank them for doing something special in the community for not only our kids but for parents, and the community itself," said Ray Lucas, 100 Black Men of Maryland president.
"It's like a gala celebration for me because [of that]," said Philip Strambler, events committee chairman.
For Jeremy Givens, 100 Black Men's mentoring chair, and Triston Young, the president of the chapter's Collegiate 100 group at Morgan State, it was also an opportunity to mingle with mentees and proteges, and meet one another's family and friends.
But there were plenty of nonmembers -- like Betty Greene, retired government logistician -- who embraced both the annual tradition and its mission.
"Mentoring children is something every adult needs to do. Find a child and help them come along the right way," she said.
-- Sloane Brown