Friday, May 7, 2010

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala benefits Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men

By BlackGivesBack NY contributor Akira Barclay
On May 3rd, comedian, best-selling author and top radio personality Steve Harvey and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts co-hosted the Steve Harvey Foundation gala, an unforgettable night of celebration at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City that honored Academy Award-winning actor and director Denzel Washington, Harlem Children’s Zone President & CEO Geoffrey Canada, and State Farm Marketing Vice President Pam El.

Counting mentoring among his biggest passions, Harvey along with event co-chairs Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Madeline Nelson-Small, Executive Director of the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), celebrated the tireless dedication and inspiring leadership of Washington, Canada and El in impacting youth and community change. Guests in attendance included hip hop artist and actor Common, actors Malik Yoba, Nicole Ari Kodjoe, and Sherri Shepherd; Al Sharpton, and BET CEO Debra Lee. The evening’s entertainment was provided by songstress Toni Braxton and Denzel Washington generously donated one million dollars to the surprise of many. Proceeds from the gala benefited the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.

The mentoring weekend is a 4 day, 3 night program designed to teach the Principles of Manhood to young men to enable them to achieve their dreams. Scheduled for June 17-20th, approximately one hundred young men in grades 8-11 from around the country will be pre-selected to travel to Dallas, TX with a parent or guardian for a weekend of mentoring. To learn more visit:

William Bay and honoree Pamela El; event co-chair Antonio "L.A." Reid and wife Erica Reid
Honoree Geoffrey Canada, event co-chair Madeline Nelson-Small and Steve Harvey

Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington, Steve Harvey and Marjorie Bridges Harvey. In top photo: Geoffrey Canada, Robin Roberts, Yvonne Grant, Marjorie Harvey, Steve Harvey, Pauletta Washington, Pamela El and William Bay
Photo credits: Red Carpet Images & Wireimage

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