Steve Harvey with honoree Tyler Perry at the 2nd Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, April 4, 2011 in New York City.
Harvey Honors Tyler Perry, Chris & Malaak Rock and Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company
NEW YORK CITY (April 5, 2011) – On April 4, 2011 at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, multi-faceted entertainer Steve Harvey and Sherri Shepherd of The View co-hosted the 2nd Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala to support the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men. On this rousing night, 500 friends, family members and supporters were on hand including Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Boris Kodjoe, New York Giant Justin Tuck and more to applaud honorees Tyler Perry, Chris and Malaak Rock, and Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company who were all recognized with the Steve Harvey Foundation’s Helping Hand Award.
The event raised more than $600,000 for the Steve Harvey Foundation and one of its staple programs, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men. The 2nd annual gala was not only a night filled with laughs from Harvey, Shepherd and Rock, but also served as an inspiring call to action to help young men.
Harvey shared, “I know that there are a lot of single women out there who are trying to raise these boys and it’s such a difficult task, and we have a huge problem in our community, but it’s a problem that we ourselves can solve. We don’t need government assistance or anything…and so we formed a foundation to start knocking a dent in this problem so we can produce better fathers, better husbands, better men, better citizens. That’s all it’s about.”
Honorees Malaak Compton Rock, Chris Rock and Alan Mulally of the Ford Motor Company with Steve and Marjorie Harvey
Pauletta Washington, Marjorie and Steve Harvey
Harvey with event co-host Sherri Shepherd
Sponsored by American Airlines, Ford Motor Company, State Farm, JPMorgan Chase, Essence Magazine and Neiman Marcus, the fundraising evening was highlighted by a dynamic and engaging performance from multiple Grammy Award winning saxophonist David Sanborn.
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men will be coming soon to a city near you! Be sure to check out our upcoming 'Insider' feature on Elisha Silvera, the Executive Director of the Steve Harvey Foundation.
About The Steve Harvey Foundation
Hosting the inaugural Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men during Father’s Day Weekend in 2009, Harvey brought 100 teenage boys and their guardians from around the country to his ranch in Dallas. The program’s success inspired Harvey to expand his mission nationwide and create satellite mentoring programs in New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles. This year’s Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men will take place in Dallas, June 16th -19th. For information about The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men or to make a donation, please visit http://www.steveharveyfoundation.com/.