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The Buffalo Urban League Inc. will present its highest honor to an individual to William H. Ransom Jr., former president and general manager of WKBW-TV, at its 2013 Gala this evening in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Ransom will receive the William L. Evans & Whitney M. Young Jr. Humanitarian Award.

Also honored will be Roger K. and Betsy M. Strother with the Family Life Award; Tuxedo Junction and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County with Community Service Awards; and Monica A. Manney and Jalen Z. Wright with Outstanding Youth Awards.

A special award, the President’s Exemplary Services Award, will be given to Robert P. Holliday, vice president and general manager of AT&T Mobility – Upstate New York.

Emcees will be Linda Pellegrino, hostess of “AM Buffalo” on WKBW-TV, and Artvoice writer Elizabeth Lewin.

The evening will begin at 6 with a silent auction and a reception with music, followed at 7:30 by dinner and the awards presentations. Dancing to live music by the New York City Dimensions Band will follow.

The Colored Musicians Club All-Star Jazz Quartet will provide a special closing.

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