SIPS for Sickle Cell Hosts Pre-Valentine’s Gala and Silent Auction

New York Influencers in Politics, Business and Music Unite to Fight Sickle Cell Disease

SIPS for Sickle Cell (SIPS), a nonprofit organization commissioned to raise awareness and support for sickle cell disease, will host a pre-Valentine’s Day gala and silent auction to help impact the lives of children living with the disease.

Sips 4 Sickle CellThe red carpet affair, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at Lexicon lounge in midtown Manhattan, will unite some of the city’s most notable people and organizations in music, medicine, business, art, politics and food including hosts Sylvia Rhone of Vested In Culture/Sony Music, Gwen Niles of Bad Boy, famed NYC radio’s Ebro Darden, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, Chef Roble, Black Googlers Network, New York Urban League Young Professionals, Howard University School of Law Alumni Club, Dimensional Sports Inc., New York Super Bowl champion Antonio Pierce of Englewood Cliffs Cadillac, and Smile Design Gallery. Read The Rest

DJ Kiss, DJ MOS, The Social Broker, and More Host Sips4Sickle Cell Valentine’s Fundraising Gala


6:00PM -12:00AM

On this red carpet night, Sips4Sickle Cell will gather the echelons of the city to raise support for this disease. Invited guests will be from vast age, social and professional demographics of the TriState area including Philanthropists, Fraternal Orders, Social networking groups, Wall Street professionals, Politicians, Medical and Legal Practitioners, Athletes, and Celebrities.

Kerry Rhodes and Savion Glover - Sips for Sickle Cell Read The Rest

Stars Align for UNCF (Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Tracee Ellis Ross and more)

This past Sunday, January 27, Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the UNCF An Evening of Stars® Educating our Future Presented by Target.  The event aired on BET focused attention on the need for more African American college graduates and the work that UNCF does to get students to and through college.

The show featured Grammy-Award winner and founder of the New Look Foundation, Usher Raymond, who presented a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle.  Other stars in attendance included Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan who presented scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.

Usher presents full scholarship to UNCF scholar, Ammon Lyle(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

Usher presents full scholarship to UNCF scholar, Ammon Lyle
(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

There was a star studded list of performers and presenters  – Chaka Khan , Yolanda Adams , Charlie Wilson , Keyshia Cole , Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson , Melanie Fiona , Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross , Keenan  Ivory Wayans and many more. Read The Rest

Janet Jackson and Heidi Klum being Honored by amfAR!

Janet Jackson and Heidi Klum are being honored on February 6th by The Foundation for AIDS Research.  And it doesn’t end there!  The organization will also be honoring Kenneth Cole at the black tie gala to benefit amfAR.  The black-tie gala benefit honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the fight against AIDS.

What will likely be a star studded event, will be on the eve of New York Fashion Week, will begin with cocktails, followed by dinner, a live auction of luxury items, and a special tribute to the honorees.

Go to amfAR’s website if you’d like to attend or get more information on how you can support their work in AIDS research. Read The Rest

GMHC Cancels Fashion Forward Event

Agency Focuses on Direct Services to Clients Affected by Hurricane Sandy

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers living with or affected by HIV/AIDS have been hit hard. GMHC’s clients are among the poorest and most vulnerable New Yorkers, and the outcome of the hurricane continues to have disproportionate impact on them. Given the ongoing immediate challenges faced by its clients, GMHC has decided to cancel its annual fundraiser, Fashion Forward, and focus on its core mission, providing direct support to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Fashion Forward 2012 is cancelled.

via GMHC

Many of their clients continue to be without housing, food, electricity, clothing and HIV medications—and need basic humanitarian support. In fact, on Monday, October 29, several clients braved the weather, and walked from the Bronx and Brooklyn to their offices on West 33rd Street for a hot meal. This may have been the only meal of the day. Well over 400 meals were served in the heart of the crisis, even when subways had not even resumed, with clients walking long distances to receive food and assistance. Read The Rest