Humanitarian Awards Gala
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The 72nd Anniversary Fundraising Gala will be held Tuesday, April 21st at the Pleasantdale Château

Our signature event brings top executives and community leaders together in their shared commitment to the mission of the American Conference on Diversity (ACOD).

An investment in this event allows ACOD to expand its programs, including their Lead for Diversity Institute; a year-long, life-changing program that, since 1995, has had more than 3,300 participating high-school graduates. Lead for Diversity Institute provides leadership-development and human-relations training empowering youth to stand up against hate, educate their peers, and be better prepared to enter today’s workplace.

“INCLUSION is measured by how DELIBERATE and INTENTIONAL interactions are when cultural differences intersect,” says Elizabeth Williams-Riley, ACOD President and CEO. “And during this rising tide of intolerance, inequality, and injustice it is more important than ever to amplify your commitment to empowering individuals and institutions to address issues of bias and discrimination – advocating for meaningful social change in our communities.”

To make a donation, Click here to make your contribution in support of the Humanitarians of the Year.

2019 Honorees

Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Humanitarian Honoree

Corporate Social Responsibility
Humanitarian Honoree

William R. Hagaman, Jr.
Managing Partner

accepting on behalf of Withum

Civic Advocacy
Humanitarian Honoree

Rev. Forrest Pritchett
Director Special Projects, Freshman Studies and Mentor
Seton Hall University

Bridge Builder
Humanitarian Honoree

Luis De La Hoz
Vice President
Business Community Development BCB Community Bank

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This gala enables us to further our mission of changing lives. Please share in our mission to empower individuals and institutions to eradicate issues of bias and discrimination by advocating for social change in our communities.

A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Ambassador Sponsor

Lead for Diversity Sponsor

Community Sponsors

Justice Sponsor

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or make auction item donations, contact us by calling Lynne Nouvel at (732) 732-200-3439 or email us at

Click here to make a donation in support of the Humanitarian Awards Dinner.