On Saturday March 3rd the award-winning boutique Harlem Haberdashery welcomed nearly 300 guests from fashion, media, non-profit and other professional circles to celebrate its 5th Annual Masquerade Ball – “A Royal Ball in Harlem” at The Riverside Church of New York City. The South Hall was illuminated in royal purple that happily coincided with their presenting sponsor Crown Royal.
The evening benefited #TakeCareofHarlem and honored three special individuals: Bevy Smith (unable to attend due to covering the Oscar’s for Page Six TV sent a beautiful thank you speech;) Margarette Purvis (Food Bank for New York City) and Michael J. Garner (100 Black Men) accepted their awards and shared touching speeches about “What Harlem Means to Me?”.
The awards were presented by Radio 103.9 FM Roxie Digital, Sharene Wood (President & CEO , 5001 FLAVORS and Harlem Haberdashery) and Kells Barnett (Founder, #TakeCareofHarlem). Crown Royal made a surprise donation of $5,000 to #TakeCareofHarlem. Additionally, 40% of all ticket sales and donations will support the organization’s 2018-19 programming.
Guests enjoyed tasty treats by Harlem community restaurant partners: Doc’s Cake Shop, Eyrnn Henderson, Harlem Shake, LoLo’s Seafood Shack and Row House as well as drinks Papi Wines and all soft drinks donated by FreshDirect. Rakiem Walker Project and DJ Olivia Dope provided fun-filled live entertainment all evening.
The evening was presented by 5001 FLAVORS, Harlem Haberdashery and sponsored by Crown Royal, New York Post/Page Six TV, Radio 103.9fm with community partners: Fresh Direct, NiLu, Doc’s Cake Shop, Eyrnn Henderson, Harlem Shake, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Papi Wines and Row House.