Metropolitan Black Bar Association hosts its own holiday party
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association hosted a holiday party with more than 150 members and their guests in attendance at the trendy Paper Factory Hotel in Queens on Friday. It was the first time the group has hosted its own holiday party in at least five years.
“It was a great night being able to bring all of our members together like that,” Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) President Paula Edgar said. “We had a fantastic turnout with at least 150-160 people in attendance. The space was really fantastic. We had great food, an open bar, a photo booth. Everyone was excited to see MBBA do a holiday party again on our own.”
The MBBA used to host its own holiday parties, but over the last five years the group has elected to co-sponsor events with other bar associations. When Edgar took over as president, she said that many people asked her to do an MBBA-only party again.
“That was the way we were doing things for at least the last five years,” Edgar said. “But there was a real call after I became president to make the event our own again, so we set out to do that again this year and it was a big success.”
Edgar explained how the party reminded her of her favorite holiday party from 10 years ago when she attended the MBBA’s holiday party when she was still in law school.
“The MBBA was doing a big membership drive back then and invited a lot of law school students,” Edgar recalled. “That really opened my eyes to how powerful this organization could be because it was the first time in my life where I was in a room filled with black attorneys. It was breathtaking.
“It really made my soul full because it made me realize the power that this organization has when we come together as like-minded individuals who want and are fighting for the same things, trying to develop black lawyers and improve our community,” Edgar continued. “We had that same feeling this year.”
There were no speeches at the event, but there was a toy drive and a raffle to help to promote membership within the group. Edgar said that the group plans on making the toy drive an annual part of the holiday party.
“As long as we are coming together like this, and in the spirit of the holidays, we thought that we could do some good at the same time and have a toy drive,” Edgar said.
The MBBA is already planning its next event at the Paper Factory Hotel — it will host a Masquerade Ball at the location on Feb. 24 as part of Black History Month. Money from that event will go towards the MBBA’s scholarship fund for pre-law and law students.