Update: The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Raises More Than $500K At Annual Gala Event

May 6, 2014  |  

Hosts Steve and Marjorie Harvey attend Screen Gems Presents The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation

Update: The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Annual Gala raised more than $500,000, according to a press release sent to MN Business. The funds include $45,000 for a VIP package to a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game provided by Helping Hand Award honoree Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Programs including the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend will benefit.

Update by Tonya Garcia

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Original post published April 25, 2014.

Brandi Harvey said she learned to “work hard and lead with love” from her father, comedian, author and radio host Steve Harvey.

With that motto in mind, Brandi, executive director of the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, will present the foundation’s fourth annual gala on May 3 at the Hilton Chicago along with Steve and his wife Marjorie Harvey.

Throughout the evening, the gala will showcase the Chicago Children’s Choir, a youth presentation featuring Erica Vincent and Joseph Foster, a live performance from R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer Kem, and an after-party soiree with DJ Timbuk2.

The gala, themed “The Power of 3: Potential, Passion & Purpose,” will also highlight its Helping Hand Award honorees: Pastor Corey Brooks of Chicago’s New Beginnings Church; Clint Culpepper, president of Screen Gems; Steve Pemberton, chief diversity officer of Walgreens; and Cookie and Magic Johnson.

Brandi said the honorees were chosen because of their impact in the lives of young men and women, which in turn encompasses the “Power of 3.”

“This year’s honorees really have shown potential, passion and purpose and they embody these powers through their lives, careers, and philanthropic work,” Brandi said. “It takes a village to raise children and communities and these people are upholding that truth and helping to build that village.”

While Brandi praised all the foundation’s honorees, Brooks captured national attention in 2012 when he camped on the roof of an abandoned Chicago hotel for 94 days, raising an astounding $580,000, even prompting Tyler Perry to donate $100,000. Later that year, Brooks again made headlines when he walked from Times Square in New York City to the Staples Center in Los Angeles where he and his team raised another $450,000. While Brooks hopes to raise $20 million to build a state of the art community center in Chicago, he said the core of his efforts is to uplift Chicago’s youth through his campaigns: The Circle of Influence 2014 and Project Hood (Helping Others Obtain Destiny).

“People don’t realize how much power, gifts and ability they have. Everybody has a circle of influence and if you can work within that circle and take small incremental steps you can make big changes,” Brooks said. “I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by the foundation and I am hoping that I can go beyond my own goals and raise enough money to support Steve and Marjorie with the success of their foundation. We plan on being long term partners in uplifting urban youth.”

Brandi agreed and said the fundraising goal for this year’s gala is to raise $1 million. Funds will go towards its projects like Girls Who Rule the World and Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.

“We want to expand globally so we can offer young people national exposure and business opportunities. We are also planning to build a holistic family center in Dallas, TX, where we can hold our camp and to have a place where people from all over the world can convene and mentor.”

With the foundation’s programs going global, the gala, sponsored by brands like Coca Cola, AT&T, and Morgan Stanley, will be the next step towards forming long lasting partnerships to give kids what Brandi calls a “global mentality.”

“We want to show our kids that service is a part of life and when you give you get so much more. We are going to push a service initiative that will teach our kids how to go out and lead, and to see that the world is so much bigger than their neighborhood,” Brandi said.

Brandi said her ability to lead comes from her father’s “genuine commitment to compassion.”

“My father is the clearest example of hard work. I have had to work hard for whatever it is that I have gotten in life and that is something he always instilled in us and into the boys and girls in our programs,” she said. “I have been blessed to have a father like him and I take everything I learned from him into my family, into my team and sometimes you have to be stern to lead but that’s what love is. It comes with toughness and that’s all right.”

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