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Bmore Social: The Be.Org’s Fifth Annual Sneaker Ball

A visual recap of the lively benefit supporting youth development programs.
By Sloane Brown

The Be.Org’s Fifth Annual Sneaker Ball
April 6, 2024
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Rita Rossi Colwell Center

Going to a formal affair often means sacrificing comfort for fashion—especially when it comes to footwear. But that was not the case at TheBe.Org’s Fifth Annual Sneaker Ball, where 350 guests arrived in the requested attire of formal wear paired with athletic shoes. The benefit for the organization’s youth development programs was filled with food, drink, entertainment from a number of artists, and hours of dancing. Four hours later, when the party wound down, attendees departed without a hobbled step or pained smile in sight.

Left to right: Sterling Jones, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority rail traffic controller; Tonee Lawson, TheBe.Org founder/executive director; Andrea Ross, TheBe.Org board secretary; Kyle Whiteford, “DJ Perfect Gentleman”
Left to right: Tracey Barbour-Gillett, TheBe.Org board chair; Dr. Gloria Williams, Baltimore County Emergency Medicine physician
Left to right: Erica Day, U.S. Social Security Administration contract specialist; Monique Middleman, Aboveground Studios co-owner; Latrice Bright, internal audio supervisor
Left to right: “Larry Whaddup” Caudle, More Than Hype documentary film producer/director; Dionne Joyner-Weems, Audacity Group CEO/chief energy officer
Left to right: TheBe.Org colleagues: Bocar Jallow, Be. Virtual instructor; Darrion Stokes-Graham, program coordinator; Kamari Johnson, Be. Virtual instructor
Left to right: Shea Ewell, Greater Baltimore Urban League chief operating officer; Regan Farley, The Kredo Group publicist
Left to right: Nadia Baker, mentee; Alicia Wilson, mentor/JPMorgan Chase managing director/head of regional philanthropy
Left to right: Sherray Belton, U.S. Government executive officer; Christi Owiye, TheBe.Org board member/Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering assistant director for Undergraduate Student Engagement; Saidah Obijiofor, business analyst
Left to right: Amber Charisse Doss, That Good Peace owner; Jennifer Robinson, chief deputy financial officer
Left to right: Joshua Harris, Baltimore City NAACP vice president; Armstead Jones Imagine Think Tank real estate developer; Cornelius Hairston, software engineer