(Updated October 27, 2014) The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala launches the museum’s 10th anniversary, with a Community Awards Program, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 29, highlighting the work of local organizations and individuals for their service to our communities. The six awardees are Theo Rodgers, president of A&R Companies; Annette March-Grier, president of Roberta’s House; Bronwyn Mayden, executive director of Promise Heights; Associated Black Charities; the AFRO American Newspapers; and The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. The celebration continues with the Museum Gala, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1 at Martin’s West, Baltimore, Md.

This year, the gala will honor the late Delegate Howard “Pete” Rawlings and his legacy and dedication to Maryland communities. The special awardee is Paulette Brown, Baltimore native and the first African-American woman to be named president-elect of the American Bar Association. The honorary co-chairs are Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Judge Robert M. Bell and Del. Adrienne A. Jones, speaker pro tem, Maryland House of Delegates. Rep. Elijah Cummings will also be in attendance. The gala co-chairs are Beverly Cooper and Beverly Carter. Live entertainment is provided by the Panama band. There will be a live auction of Orioles’ Adam Jones’ cleats and two pairs of airline tickets to Puerto Rico plus hotel, courtesy of Southwest Airlines and the Hyatt House. The gala supports the work of the museum to share with audiences from around the world the iconic legacy of African American history and culture to create greater understanding and healing. Gala attendees will also have the chance to contribute to community access for schoolchildren by funding one or more school buses so that children may visit the museum.

For more information about the gala, visit www.RFLewisMuseum/gala