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Tyler Perry, Chris Rock honored at Steve Harvey charity gala

Comedian Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie, from left, model Gelila Bekele and actor/director Tyler Perry at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, held Monday, April 4, in New York City. All photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation. Photos were provided to the AJC by W&W Public Relations, Inc.

Comedian Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie, from left, model Gelila Bekele and actor/director Tyler Perry at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, held Monday, April 4, in New York City. All photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation. Photos were provided to the AJC by W&W Public Relations.

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.

Steve Harvey and Sherri Shepherd co-hosted the event.

Steve Harvey and Sherri Shepherd co-hosted the event.

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.

Boris Kodjoe, an actor who lives in Atlanta, was among the honorees.

Boris Kodjoe, an actor who lives in Atlanta, attended the gala.

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.

Tyler Perry and Chris Rock both were honored at the gala.

Tyler Perry and Chris Rock both were honored at the gala.

“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.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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April 5th, 2011
7:53 pm

What was funnier, Chris Rock doing stand-up or Sherri Shepherd speaking about things she doesn’t know about….like everything

timbo

April 6th, 2011
9:13 am

Funniest? Your attempt at humor….

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April 7th, 2011
7:31 am

My attempts at humor are not as bad as Sherri Shepherds attempt at coherence, thankfully.