Harlem Haberdashery and YP4C to hosting “Elegant For Prom” Event

Harlem Haberdashery and YP4C will be hosting “Elegant For Prom” to encourage young professionals to donate new, gently used and clean prom and/or graduation worthy accessories and clothing for younger males and females of color. This light reception will be held on Thursday, May 8th from 6 to 10 pm at Harlem Haberdashery located at 245 Lenox Avenue. RSVP at elegantforprom.eventbrite.com. Read The Rest

Dodgeball for a Cause with CPNYC

CPNYC presents DODGE FOR A CAUSE 2, a charity event that gives adults an opportunity to channel their own inner champion-dodgeball player.  100 % of all funds raised will go to support CPNYC’s various programs.  Light refreshments and cocktails will be served at the event.

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5th Annual Beauty and the Beat: Heroines of Excellence Awards (PICS)

Jon Quick isn’t just a DJ spinning your jam at a party or one of our favorite stations, WBLS 107.5.  He’s also a big man, Superhero to be exact, with the bigger picture in mind.  Each year, for the past 5th years, he has presented the ultimate party with a purpose, “Beauty and the Beat: Heroines of Excellence Awards” Fundraising Event in honor of National Women’s History Month.  He honors women of color who are rising stars within their professions.  On March 24th, he hosted the 5th Annual “Beauty and the Beat: Heroines of Excellence Awards” at Suite 36 emceed by Extra TV’s AJ Calloway.  Proceeds of the event benefited Hip Hop Loves Foundation and AJ Calloway’s Building the Bridge Foundation.
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Oprah Makes a Powerful Cup of Tea

This is the stuff that I love to see!  This is what makes me warm and fuzzy about philanthropy! I may have been under a rock for the past couple of weeks. So, please forgive me if I’m wrong…  I haven’t really heard much buzz about the announcement of Oprah teaming up with Starbucks to create the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea.  Yes, I saw that Oprah’s sites and social media pages announced it, but outside of that I haven’t seen much.  I would think that it would be since it’s Oprah and since it’s such an easy way to give back to education and get something tasty in return. (Not that you do it for the return.   You’re doing it out of the goodness of your heart. But, being able to give back while buying something that you would get anyway is always a hit to me..)

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DesignCare 2013 Features NeYo Performance and Fashion by Rubin Singer

When you think of philanthropy in Hollywood the names Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete are some of the first to come to mind. Their HollyRod Foundation has been serving and advocating for families impacted by autism and Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. When the couple launched DesignCare back in 1999 the goal was to support these efforts through fundraising, and boy did they build a strong groundwork. Today it has morphed into one of the most anticipated celebrity events of the summer, featuring live and silent auctions, fashion shows, performances and a star-studded reception.

“Rodney and I are so grateful to our community of friends, family and supporters who keep coming back every year.  We are proud to host this special evening that recognizes incredible individuals and corporations for their work to create awareness for autism and Parkinson’s,” Holly Robinson Peete said in a release. “When people are willing to speak out and tell their personal stories, that’s when change happens.”

This year, the 15th annual DesignCare fundraiser will take place at a private estate in Malibu on Saturday, July 27th. Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and producer NeYo will perform, and the fashions of New York based designer Rubin Singer will be showcased on the runway. Also, five exceptional individuals who go to bat for these causes daily will be honored; Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin with the HollyRod “AUsome” Mother of the Year AwardJordan Pattillo, a young adult living with autism with the HollyRod4Kids Champion AwardJim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive, with the theHollyRod Corporate Compassion AwardJohn Ball, author, advocate for Parkinson’s disease and philanthropist, with the Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage; and Michael Strautmanis, autism dad and advocate with the HollyRod Advocacy Hero Award.

If you’ll be on the West Coast, grab a ticket for this perfect mix of fab and philanthropy. For more information contact designcare@mtaevents.com or (818) 906-0240. For sponsorship opportunities contact Mia Gorman, The Gorman Group at (310) 270-9464 ormgorman@gormanadvisory.com or go to www.hollyrod.org/designcare.

Dimension Data Grows Harlem With a Day of Service

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Sometimes the best giving comes from corporations. We love seeing big business dedicate time and funds to champion the not for profit causes significant to them. Participating in projects that enrich and nurture our communities keeps the corporate conscience honest, creates a climate of giving, and adds character and integrity to the company culture.

On Thursday, May 23rd sister telecommunications giants Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation did just that; hosting a service day in the name of Harlem Grown. Founded by Tony Hillery, the organization grows urban farms in Harlem with the goal of connecting our communities to nature and green spaces, read: healthier foods. “You have pizza, fried chicken, fried fish, fried everything. I couldn’t get a healthy meal,” Hillery told Emma LaPerruque last year. “I said to myself: Why not do something?” Read The Rest

ALP Annual Leadership Breakfast in Harlem

On Saturday, April 27th, more than 100 guests attended the Achieving Leadership’s Purpose (ALP) Annual Leadership Benefit Breakfast to honor eight men and women who embody a commitment to affecting change in many of New York’s most challenged neighborhoods.  Funds raised at the event will benefit the organization’s mission of providing leadership development training to African-American high school students in preparation of a lifetime of civic leadership.

2013 ALP Breakfast Honorees:

  • Rev. Gregory Chisholm’70 – Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo
  • Maurice Coleman – SVP, Bank of America
  • Laurie Cumbo’93 – Founder, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art and Candidate, City Council 35th District
  • Stacie NC Grant’88 – CEO, CG Enterprises
  • Ryan Mack – President, Optimum Capital Management
  • Robert Reffkin – CEO, Urban Compass
  • Sig Shirodkar – Partner, KPMG
  • Anne Williams-Isom – COO, Harlem Children’s Zone Read The Rest

Robert Reffkin and Ryan Mack to be Honored at ALP 45th Anniversary Event

Achieving Leadership’s Purpose, Inc. (“ALP”) is hosting its annual breakfast on Saturday, April 28th.  The event will honor eight men and women who are change agents New York’s most challenged neighborhoods.

  • Rev. Gregory Chisholm’70 – Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo
  • Maurice Coleman – SVP, Bank of America
  • Laurie Cumbo’93 – Founder, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art | Candidate, City Council 35th District
  • Stacie NC Grant’88 – CEO, CG Enterprises
  • Ryan Mack – President, Optimum Capital Management
  • Robert Reffkin – CEO, Urban Compass
  • Sig Shirodkar – Partner, KPMG
  • Anne Williams-Isom – COO, Harlem Children’s Zone

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Spelmanite, Ione Rucker and Family Host Fashion Show and Raise $15k for Scholarship Fund

In an article posted on Black Gives Back, writer, project strategist and philanthropist Valaida Fullwood  recaps the  inaugural fundraising fashion show, Elegance for Education with Fashions by Coplon’s, for the Rucker Education Scholarship Fund. The Fund was founded by Spelman College graduate, Ione Rucker Jamison and 100% of proceeds will benefit the Fund for college bound alumni of A.R. Rucker Middle School.

The fund’s mission is to promote academic excellence, community empowerment and leadership development primarily through financially supporting the aspirations of deserving first generation college students.

Ruby, Ellen, Ione, their mother Ruby Rucker, and Renata Coker, Director of Sales at SOCIETY Charlotte Magazine

Ruby, Ellen, Ione, their mother Ruby Rucker, and Renata Coker, Director of Sales at SOCIETY Charlotte Magazine

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