The Bay Area Black Expo hosted its first annual Magnificent 7 Awards Gala that recognized seven people who have made significant contributions and demonstrated their commitment to the Bay Area community. The gala on Wednesday kicked off the Black Expo on Sept. 8 – 9 at the downtown Oakland Marriott Convention Center.
Award winners were (seated, left to right): Dorris Vincent, Community Advocate, Bay View Hunters Point: Gay Plair Cobb, Chief Exec. Dir., Oakland Private Industry Council; Gina Gregory-Burns, M.D., Internist, Chief of Diversity/AAHI-SFO, Co-chair, Community Benefit Advisory Board-SFO, Co-chair, NCAL Regional Diversity Council. Standing left to right: Celestino Ellington, Sports and Recreation Director, Bay View YMCA SF; Bill Thomason, CEO and Mentor of Wall Street Wizards; Romeo Garcia, Co-Founder/Executive Director, ARISE High School; Lionel Bea, Producer, Bay Area Productions. Photo by Adam L.Turner.