Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Top Philanthropic Duo for 2008


The Mournings have taken the top spot as your favorite philanthropic duo for 2008! This is well deserved (and our top pick also). Alonzo and Tracy have raised millions of dollars for South Florida youth and provide direct services to youth through their programs at the Overtown Youth Center and the Honey Shine Mentoring Program.

Last month, the Mournings continued their '33 Thanksgiving' food giveaway, which provided 500 families in underserved areas in South Florida with a complete Thanksgiving meal. Families received a fully cooked turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread rolls, stuffing, cranberry orange relish, one gallon of iced tea, and pumpkin pie! Alonzo shared, “This is a special time for everyone involved – we get to knock on doors and shower families with all the holiday fixings. We are indeed thankful that we have the opportunity to do this. While we cannot give these families all they deserve, we must give them all we can and it is our privilege to do so this Thanksgiving.” [Source: Miami Herald]


In February, the United Negro College Fund announced its 2008 Annual Awards Recipients. Denzel and Pauletta received the highest honor, the Frederick D. Patterson Award for their philanthropic efforts to support minority education and HBCUs. The Washingtons supported one of UNCF's member institutions, Wiley College, by donating $1 million to revitalize the debate team.


This father and son philanthropic duo has a major project set to launch in 2009: Better Black Television, a family friendly network.
P Miller (formerly Master P) shared earlier this year about this project, "Better Black Television has been a vision of mine for some years. I've done a lot to promote and change the way messages are relayed to our children and our families over the last few years. Promoting positive content and positive messages is so important to educate and preserve the next generation. Being exposed to positive content is what changed my life." View website here.

This year, the couple served as honorary event hosts for the 9th Annual Art for Life East Hampton benefit gala for the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, that raised a whopping 1.5 million dollars to provide arts education and funding for underserved New York City youth. Supporting this event was a perfect match for the couple, as they are avid collectors of African American art.
View photos from the Grant Hill Collection of African American Art here.

Last month, Chris and Malaak Rock hosted more than 250 Brooklyn, NY youth from the Salvation Army to celebrate the grand reopening of the Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center, which now has new books, shelving, furniture, and Dell RED laptops, which Malaak personally asked for. She shared, “For me, as a parent, I feel like reading is fundamental. I really believe that you need a computer to be literate.”

She also shared about Chris' giving to the center, which has not been publicized: "Many people don't realize Chris has been giving to this center in so many ways long before I got involved by picking up bus loads of kids and taking them to Toys "R" Us or baseball games or Radio City's Christmas Spectacular, without any of the press and promotions his wife likes to bring," says Malaak. "That's because he cares deeply." [Source]

Coming up.....The Top Ten Black Celebrity Philanthropists of 2008!

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