Tyler Perry, Russell Simmons and Oprah BFF and talk show host Gayle King were among the many luminaries at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, held Monday in New York.
Steve Harvey, who calls Atlanta home now (part of the time at least!) co-hosted the fundraiser with Sherri Shepherd of The View.
Actor Boris Kodjoe (another Atlanta resident) and New York Giants player Justin Tuck were among the crowd of 500 or so.
Along with Perry, comedian Chris Rock and his wife, the global philanthropist Malaak Rock, and Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company all were recognized with Helping Hand Awards for their charity work.
The event raised more than $600,000 for the Steve Harvey Foundation and one of its programs, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.
Sponsored by American Airlines, Ford Motor Company, State Farm, JPMorgan Chase, Essence Magazine and Neiman Marcus, the event featured a performance from Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanborn.
It was Harvey’s second charity event involving Neiman Marcus recently. He served as emcee at the National Black Arts Festival’s Fine Art + Fashion event, held at the Atlanta store in March. Here is a link to that story.
“I continue to be inspired by the generosity shown by all the friends and supporters who came out tonight,” Harvey said at the New York gala.
“Marjorie and I are so grateful and will use this money in the spirit it has been given – to change the lives of young men around the world.”
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