Save the the date for the 98th Anniversary Gala!

August 12, 2023 – Tickets are on sale NOW

This event is a wonderful opportunity to dress up and enjoy a night of celebration with other community members. It is a chance to don a mask and indulge in some mystery and intrigue while supporting a worthy cause. By attending the Masquerade Ball, you are not only supporting the Akron Urban League’s mission, but you are also contributing to the betterment of our community. Additionally, the Masquerade Ball promises to be a night filled with entertainment, delicious food, and dancing, making it a memorable experience for all who attend.


The 98th Anniversary Gala is an event that brings together individuals, businesses, and community leaders to celebrate our accomplishments in creating economic opportunities and empowering underprivileged communities in Akron. By buying a ticket, table, or sponsoring at this event, you can show your support for our mission and contribute to our efforts to improve the lives of people in need.


Danielle Wiggins is a two-time Emmy and Gracie award-winning journalist at WKYC Studios 3News, Northeast Ohio’s NBC affiliate. She currently serves as an anchor and reporter at the station.

In addition to her daily TV responsibilities, Danielle was also the co-creator, host, and producer of the station’s “Rising” initiative. “Rising” told the stories of people in Northeast Ohio who have overcome obstacles to achieve success and inspired others to do the same.

In 2018, Danielle won a regional Emmy and a Salute to Excellence award from the National Association of Black Journalists for a “Rising” episode telling the story of a teen with cerebral palsy who pursued his dream of playing organized basketball.

Before joining 3News in 2013, Danielle was the main producer and correspondent for “The Regina Brett Show” on 89.7 WKSU, Northeast Ohio’s regional NPR affiliate. “The Regina Brett Show” won multiple state and national honors under Danielle’s leadership, including an Ohio Excellence in Journalism award for best radio show.

Danielle is a graduate of Bedford High School and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kent State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists. 

Danielle lives in northern Summit County with her husband, two children, and rescue pup.


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