The Gray Classic was founded in 2009 by Herb and Felicia Gray as a golf tournament.  The main purpose of this four day event is to raise community awareness and money to support the mentoring efforts of the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte ("The 100").  The Gray Classic has become the major fundraising event for The 100, to date raising more than $160,000 to support the programs benefitting the youth in The 100 programs.

Over the years it has evolved to 7 events from Thursday - Sunday.  Included in those days are a Business Roundtable, Welcome Reception, 2 Golf Tournaments, Women's Empowerment Brunch, Party with a Purpose and  Farewell Brunch.  It's the premier networking event that focuses on the empowerment of the community and a chance for great exposure for business.  The weekend is made up of over 2,500 participants including many business, civic, and political leaders. 

The Gray Classic’s mission is to help provide an avenue for young students to achieve a higher education, engage young students with mentor programs and to provide networking opportunities for our youth and adult participants.


  • 88% African-American
  • 12% Other
  • 65% Male
  • 35% Female

Notable business, civic, and political leaders participate each year:

Sonja Gantt (WCNC), Congressman Mel Watt, Rodney Monroe (former CMPD Chief), Bob Morgan (Chamber of Commerce), Dr. Ronald Carter (President JCSU), Tony Perez (Carolinas Healthcare Systems), Bob Marshall (Wells Fargo), Harvey Gantt (Former Charlotte Mayor), Congresswoman Alma Adams, Charlotte City Council members: Luwanna Mayfield, James Mitchell, Vi Lyles and David Howard, Harry Jones (former Mecklenburg County Manager),  Kevin Henry (Extended Stay), Steve Benjamin (Mayor of Columbia), Jennifer Roberts (Charlotte Mayor), Dan Clodfelter (Former Charlotte Mayor). Jesse Cureton (Novant Health). Jacqie McWilliams (CIAA Commissioner), Tony Know (Omega Psi  Phi Grand Basileus), Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr (President Livingstone College), Anthony Foxx (former Charlotte Mayor), Al Dotson (National President of 100 Black Men), Eric Watson (Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Diversity), Bob Morgan (Charlotte Chamber of Commerce), Artie Collins (PNC Bank), Jerome Russell (HJ Russell Construction), Sid Levy (Snyder's-Lance), Patrick Graham (CEO Urban League of Central Carolina's), and the Gray Classic Honorable Guest North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton

The 100 Black Men movement, which began in 1963, established the national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in 1986. The 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte was founded in 1991 and has since been awarded “Chapter of the Year” several times. The group is comprised of African-American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African-American community through their collective resources, abilities and experiences.

The proceeds from The Gray Classic weekend have benefited the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte's Movement of Youth (MOY) mentoring and education program.

The MOY mentoring and education program maintains about 60 mentees annually from 6th to 12th grades. This program has helped students to develop high self-esteem and an appreciation for education.

The mentees are encouraged to stay in school with the aim of graduating from high school and getting a post-secondary education. Saturday Academies (twice monthly group mentoring sessions) are held at the 100 Black Men's offices at the Urban League of the Carolinas, and are conducted by members of the organization. Tutorial sessions in finance as well as Black History, one-on-one mentoring, the 3.0 Club, the mentor-mentee basketball game/food drive, and scholarship aid are all elements of the Saturday Academies.

The mission of the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte: A Brotherhood of Leaders Enriching the Lives of African American Youth Through Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment.

100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte Chapter Facts:

  • Awarded "Chapter of the Year" in 1997, 1998 and 1999 by 100 Black Men of America
MOY Mentoring and Education Program Facts:
  • Mentored over 300 students since 1991
  • Structured one-on-one and group mentoring for students with risk Factors
  • Saturday Academies include workshops in citizenship, leadership development, life skills, study skills, financial education, cultural enrichment and community activities
  • Movement of Youth Parents Association (MOPYPA) meets once a month for workshops and activities to support the MOY program
  • New candidates for the Movement of Youth are referred by request of family members
  • Program Capacity is 70 boys in 6th to 12th grades

Each year during The Gray Classic weekend several events are held throughout the City of Charlotte, NC. The weekend is celebrated with various events including a Business Roundtable, Welcome Reception, Women's Empowerment Brunch and Golf Tournament. These events are an opportunity for everyone to get involved, even those that do not play the game of golf, network with other locals and take the time out to give back to the community. Our goal with each of these events is to raise funds for the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte while also highlighting the impact their program have on our youth. We encourage you to attend. We promise that there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Business Roundtable

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


11215 North Community House Road

Charlotte, NC 28277

Friday, July 15, 2016

Gray Classic Welcome Reception

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 Sports One Bar and Lounge

512 N. College Street

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Golf Tournament

The Golf Club at Ballantyne

7:30 AM & 2:00 PM Tee Times

Women’s Empowerment Brunch

The Ballantyne Hotel

Registration Opens at 10:00 AM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM


The Gray Classic Party With A Purpose

Vapiano's (Uptown Charlotte)

 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM

201 S. Tryon Street

Advance Tickets: $20.00

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Gray Classic Farewell Brunch

Sports One Bar & Lounge

521 N. College Street

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Herb Gray - Co-chair

Steven Myers - Co-chair

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