The Harveys Honor Debra Lee, Spike & Tonya Lee, Dr. Steve Perry, and Richard and Kyle Petty
NEW YORK, NY – On May 14, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street, multi-faceted entertainer Steve Harvey and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien co-hosted the Screen Gems Presents The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala to support The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend. Formerly The Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, this gala’s third year was a rousing night full of laughs, inspiration and more, with over 400 friends, family members and supporters on hand including Gayle King (CBS This Morning anchor), Terrence J (host of BET’s 106 & Park), actor Romany Malco, actress/model Selita Ebanks, Hollywood producer Will Packer (Think Like A Man) and more to applaud honorees Richard and Kyle Petty, BET’s Debra Lee, Capital Prep Magnet School Founder Dr. Steve Perry, and Spike and Tonya Lee, who were all recognized with The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation’s Helping Hand Award. The event raised more than $700,000 to benefit The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation and their staple programs for young men and women, The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend.
A night of laughs, entertainment and a stirring call to action from the Harveys and O’Brien, the evening recognized the honorees for their powerful actions in serving youth and inspiring social change. Says Steve and Marjorie Harvey, “We continue to be inspired by the generosity shown by all the friends and supporters who came out for this amazing night. Anyone has the power to make a difference, and we are so grateful for this support, to continue empowering the futures of young men and women around the world.”
Honorees Tonya and Spike Lee
Bill Cosby and Steve Harvey; Gala Co-Host Soledad O'Brien and Honoree Steve Perry
Marjorie and Steve Harvey with Honoree Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks
Soledad O'Brien and Steve Harvey with Honorees Richard and Kyle Petty
Sponsored by Screen Gems (Title Sponsor), Essence Magazine (Print Sponsor), with additional support from The Coca-Cola Company, Neiman Marcus, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and Ford Motor Company, the fundraising evening was highlighted by a rare comedic set from Bill Cosby and a rousing performance from the dynamic Rachelle Ferrell.
About The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation
The mission of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to ensure that the needs of the whole child are met through the development of programs and support of community-based organizations that foster excellence in the areas of health, education, and social well-being within urban and ethnically diverse communities. Two cornerstone programs include The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men, which mentors young men who are without fathers, and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend. For information about The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men, the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend or to make a donation, please visit http://www.smharveyfoundation.org/.
Source: Press release/Photos: Getty Images