Via Uptown Magazine: March 8, 2011 - Last night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in midtown Manhattan, the Jackie Robinson Foundation paid tribute to those who embody the humanitarian ideals of Jackie Robinson and who helped raise money for the Foundation’s premier minority scholarship and mentoring program.
During their 37th Annual Awards Dinner and Gala, they honored outstanding industry professionals and philanthropists Sean “Diddy” Combs (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bad Boy Entertainment Group), Ingrid Saunders Jones (Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company), and Joseph R. Perella (Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners).
Honored for their charitable and philanthropic contributions and innovation in the music, fashion and financial arenas, respectively the three honorees were introduced by Russell Simmons (Founder, Def Jam Records), Ray McGuire (Head of Global Investment Banking, Citi) and Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts III (Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church).
Russell Simmons touted his support of colleague and ROBIE Achievement in Industry Award recipient Sean “Diddy” Combs saying, “I was asked to present Sean with his award tonight. I’m honored. He’s one of my heroes and a good friend.”
Hosted by comedian and entertainer Bill Cosby, Mayor Bloomberg also made a speech and introduced the award recipients. R&B artist Chrisette Michele provided entertainment for the evening.
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