bai History

Achievers in Industry (bai) was conceived by the late Dr. Leo B. Marsh and established by the YMCA of Greater New York (Harlem YMCA Branch). For forty-six (46) years the bai Gala has been a unique annual celebration that pays homage to leading corporations throughout New York City who come together to recognize and honor achievement, as well as to support the endeavors of a leading youth service organization - The Harlem YMCA.

The bai event has served as a vehicle for participating corporations to provide college scholarships to New York City youth seeking opportunities for higher education. Continuing support for the bai Mentoring Program fosters and encourages relationships between New York City youths and corporate professionals who serve as role models, nurturing young people to realize their full potential as future leaders.

The overall success of this event provides the Harlem YMCA with much-needed funds to support and sustain a variety of youth and teen programs. Some of the programs supported by sponsor generosity are summer day camp, literacy-based after school programs, sports programs, youth swim lessons, child care, the teen mentoring program and the black college tour.

We are proud that the Harlem YMCA will never turn any child away because of inability to pay.


The Dr. Leo B. Marsh Memorial Award was established by the Black Achievers in Industry Committee in 1980 to commemorate Dr. Marsh -- the founder of the Harlem Y’s bai program.  Each year, the award is given to a deserving person whose commitment to community service for the well-being of others reflects Dr. Marsh’s mission in life.  Consistent with his deep belief in the need to nurture young people in their quest for a better life, the award goes to one whose community service has this same focus on youth.


The Deloitte Corporate Community Award is given to a person or organization who has excelled both professionally and as a leader in African-American communities.  The candidate’s actions must be inspiring and serve as motivation for new generations to succeed in any endeavor they pursue.  Recipients must have given of themselves for the benefit of others, embody success in capacity building and be positive role models.  They must have guided young adults in positive directions and encouraged them to improve themselves through educational and/or professional opportunities, while offering them the hope and promise of a brighter future.


Carrie Terrell devoted her life to community service that focused on nurturing young people, teaching them to dream, then helping them toward their dreams.  Her greatest joy was watching young men and women blossom at the Harlem YMCA… begin to understand that they COULD achieve dreams they had thought were out of reach.  The Carrie Terrell Youth of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding young man or woman who has worked hard toward their dream… and along the way, has “payed it forward”, devoting time to helping others as they have been helped.