When guests fly in from out of town to help you celebrate your organization’s accomplishment, furthering the outreach and fundraising for your charity event? you and your organization have to be pretty special; better yet a city like Chicago has to be special and welcoming to have said organization host an event as such, that could easily have been held in NYC, LA or Atlanta, here in our great city. Since Steve Harvey now spends a good chunk of time in Chicago, a special Saturday evening was in store for the 5th annual Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
The evening’s theme of ‘Casting Vision. Creating Leaders‘ honored Ariel Investment Founder and CEO John Rogers; HollyRod Foundation’s Holly Robinson Peete; Alex Cummings-Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer for Coca Cola and Wade’s World Foundation’s Tragil Wade & Dwyane Wade.
As guests arrived for the evening, some of the VIP’s took turns on the red carpet for photos and interviews. The mission of the organization is to “provide outreach to fatherless children and young adults, by promoting educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives that will cultivate the next generation of responsible leaders.”
Alan Cummings, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Coca-Cola company, was humbled and honored to be recognized with the award.
Some of the notables in attendance included Leslie Gordon and Ed Gordon former host of BET network’s ‘Weekly with Ed Gordon’, Chicago PD actor Laroyce Hawkins, Pastor Corey Brooks, Chicago Bears’ Matt and Danielle Forte, Lailani Perry and Dr. Steve Perry, Tonya and Steve Pemberton, NBC 5 Chicago’s Marion Brooks who arrived with honoree John Rogers and so many more.
Once guests were led into the ballroom for dinner for the festivities to begin, they were informed that Steve and Marjorie were not in attendance due to the fact that earlier that day, one of their daughters(Lauri) was in a horse riding accident and had to be rushed to the hospital, but she is expected to make a full recovery which he also tweeted.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) May 17, 2015
The Alumni of Chicago Children’s Choir led by Josephine Lee got the high tempo night going with a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Tamron Hall, co-host of the Today show and host of MSNBC’s “NewsNation” along with Karli Harvey took on the emcee role, as guests watched montage of the foundations work over the past year, it really is impressive what they are doing for the next generation with opportunities and access.
Isaiah Horne and Jazmyne Brewer, who will be attending Morehouse University and Howard University respectively, were the recipients of the foundation’s $50,000 scholarship.
Each SMHF Helping Hand Award recipient addressed guests but the tearjerker moment came from Holly Robinson Peete’s son R.J. Holly Robinson has been a tireless autism advocate and that started when she had her son RJ. He told the guests in attendance “I have autism but autism doesn’t have me. My mom fought for me and never gave up. I was only three and they told her I wouldn’t speak and would never read, she said that doctor was a fool. Thank God for my mom and thank God for Mr. and Mrs. Harvey and all of you and all that you do for so many.” Everyone got on their feet applauding.
Photo credits: Holly Max Myrick; Getty Images for the SMHF