CUBM gala pays tribute to local luminaries in education and community

PITTSBURGH, PA, October 02, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM) is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, “Bridge To Brighter Futures: A Fundraising Gala for Urban Education,” to be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The gala will take place at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, PA, and promises to be an evening of inspiration, recognition, and support for urban education.

Anticipating an attendance of 350 community members, business leaders, academics, faith leaders, and philanthropists, the event offers a remarkable opportunity for businesses to engage with a diverse audience, promote their services, and forge meaningful connections.

Board Chairman Melissa Wharton enthusiastically stated, “Our vision is to bring together the diverse and dedicated community that supports the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM). We aim to raise both awareness and essential funds to further extend the reach of quality urban education in the Pittsburgh area.”

The gala will honor outstanding Pittsburgh professionals and education advocates Karla Threadgill-Byrd, Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis, Judge Kim Berkeley-Clark, Dr. John Stanko, and Rev. Dr. William R. Glaze. Also honored will be the 2023 CUBM Urban Hero Recipient, Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy.

The evening will be filled with memorable moments, including:

• A gourmet dinner and refreshments.
• Inspirational presentations highlighting student success stories.
• A celebration of CUBM alumni achievements.
• Thought-provoking reflections on advancements in the community through education.
• An exciting silent auction, and more.

Proceeds from this event will support CUBM’s ongoing mission to provide quality, accessible higher education in the community. Funds raised will support CUBM in delivering a diverse, Christ-centered education to students of all backgrounds, equipping them to lead and serve in areas such as Community Leadership, Human Services, Ministry, and more.

The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2023, stands out for its focus on providing students with a bridge to higher education. Offering a liberal arts curriculum from a Christian perspective in an urban setting, CUBM provides evening and Saturday classes, making education accessible to all. Financial aid options are available.

The attire for the gala is semi-formal, and individual tickets are priced at $60 each. Alternatively, you can reserve a table for eight for $500. Tickets can be purchased online at

Media inquiries can be directed to Melissa Wharton, Chairman of the Board for CUBM and President/CEO of The Church Online, LLC, at 412-349-0049 or via email at [email protected]. Additional inquiries may be made by contacting Rev. Helen M. Jackson, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry, at 412-247-9010 or via email at [email protected].

About the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM):

The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry is dedicated to providing quality, accessible higher education in the community. With a focus on offering a bridge to a college education through a Christ-centered, urban-based liberal arts curriculum, CUBM opens doors to education, personal growth, and community development.

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