What is the Gray Classic?
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.
Notable business, civic, and political leaders who participate each year:
Sonja Gantt (WCNC), Jeff Conway (Ruth’s Chris) Former 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 and US Transportation Secretary), 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.
Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Golf Club at Ballantyne is among the finest PGA public golf courses in the region. Passionate about providing a destination golf experience, The Golf Club has continued to receive numerous accolades since inception including 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest and named as a top 50 Golf Resort by Golf World.
The Golf Club at Ballantyne’s championship golf course is situated on a dynamic terrain, carefully crafted into the natural hills of the Piedmont. Golf enthusiasts of all skill levels will enjoy the challenging but fair course with multiple water features that come into play throughout the course. This Par 71, tree-lined course is ideal for individual play, group golf tournaments and outings.
Golf facilities include an 18-hole Championship course, practice area, golf pavilion for events & lunch, golf pro shop, Dana Rader Golf School & golf event planners for golf tournaments & outings.
Visit the resort at www.theballantynehotel.com/golf
Become a supporter of one of Charlotte’s most prolific philanthropists, and help support a great cause. You will have a great time and feel good giving back to the community!