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Coronavirus cannot stop The Urban League of Greater Hartford (ULGH) from hosting its 56th Equal Opportunity Day Celebration (EOD), the organization’s signature fundraising event. This year, the traditionally black-tie affair will be held virtually on Thursday, December 10, 2020, with a 5:30 p.m. pre-event reception, a 6:00 p.m. formal program featuring an impressive roster of speakers and honorees, and closing with a virtual dance party.

Registration and Tickets

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“The EOD serves as a platform for the Urban League to celebrate the accomplishments of local leaders who demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunity and exhibit leadership in empowerment and social justice,” explains David Hopkins, President and CEO of the Hartford-based affiliate whose programs and operations impact more than 3,000 individuals and their families every year in the areas of youth development, adult education, workforce development, economic enrichment, community health, and social justice.“ This year’s theme, “A Moment in the Movement,” celebrates the urgency of efforts, sacrifices, allies and aid made in 2020 in the midst of this longstanding fight for racial, social, health and economic equity for Black Americans.”


Charles Blow, columnist for The New York Times and CNN contributor, will have a keynote conversation with event host Jay Harris of ESPN. The virtual dance party will be hosted by Hot 93.7 radio’s DJ Craig G and Top Floor Entertainment. Thomas Barnes, Chairman of Barnes Group, Inc. in Bristol, Conn., is the Honorary Chair.


The following individuals will be honored during the event:

  • Dr. Reginald Eadie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health of New England
  • Susan Gunderman, Director of Reentry Services for the City of Hartford
  • June Archer, Motivational Teacher, Author and Community Empowerment Advocate
  • Richard and Doris Sugarman, Chief Executive Officers of Hartford Promise and of The Connecticut Forum
  • Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President of Trinity College in Hartford
  • Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr., Senior Pastor of The First Cathedral in Bloomfield
  • Janice Castle, Director of the Office of Community Engagement for the City of Hartford


Attendance is free, thanks to the generous support of major sponsors:

Webster Bank, Pratt & Whitney, Comcast; Barnes Group, Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Bank of America, Delta Dental, Bob’s Discount Furniture, The Root Center for Advanced Recovery, Liberty Bank, Key Bank, Eversource, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, Tito’s Vodka, and Hartford HealthCare.


For event sponsorship opportunities, contact: Lois Stevenson, ULGH Resource Development Director at 860-728-4290 or


For general information about the December 10th virtual event, contact Kyrinda Richardson at
860-728-4291 or


The Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. (ULGH) is a community based, not-for-profit 501(c)3. Established in 1964 as the National Urban League’s 66th affiliate. Its mission is to reduce the economic disparities in Greater Hartford’s communities through programs and services in the areas of youth development, adult education, workforce development and training, economic enrichment, health and wellness, and social justice. Visit and follow us on social media @ulgh64.