On Christmas Eve, All Stars Project co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani hosted a spirited gathering of 122 young people, parents, community activists and about a dozen NYPD officers at our national headquarters, calling for "Unity for Our City." Other speakers addressing the gathering included ASP President and CEO, Gabrielle Kurlander and NYPD Assistant Chief David Barrere.
On December 16th, Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae visited our 42nd Street headquarters to meet with young people and learn more about the All Stars. Youth shared their life-changing involvement in All Stars and let Lecrae known that his music supported their choice to be positive and move forward.
Lecrae posted a group photo of himself with our young people on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles - to a total of three million followers. "Stopped at NYC's All Stars Project to talk to some young people," he wrote. "I was brought out to inspire but left inspired."
On December 5th, Olympian Robert "Bob" Beamon was honored at our Learning from Leaders benefit luncheon for his commitment to the development of our nation's inner-city communities. The following morning, he visited our Newark Flamm Center to take a tour of the space and meet and speak with over a dozen young people.
Mr. Beamon made history at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games with a gold medal-winning long jump of 29 feet 2½ inches, shattering the world record by nearly two feet. He is also an active philanthropist, having organized the South Florida Inner-City Games for at-risk youths.
On December 5th, All Stars celebrated our annual Learning from Leaders 13th Annual Benefit Luncheon at the New York Hilton, raising $480,000 for our Development School for Youth (DSY) program.
We celebrated Rising Stars who are taking on new leadership roles in the DSY: Fossil; Ironshore; Arlene Markowitz, M.D., NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Thomas McKevitt, Allied World Assurance Company; and Protiviti. We also presented a Doctorate of Development Award to Olympic gold medalist, Bob Beamon.
Save the date! Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, the country's leading police-community relations program, will have its next demonstration workshop on January 29, 2015, at 7:00pm at the Apollo Theatre.
To date, Cops & Kids has held over 100 workshops with more than 2,300 inner-city young people and police officers in NYC's five boroughs. In 2011, the program entered into an official partnership with the New York Police Department. For more information on the program, click here. To RSVP for January's demonstration workshop, click here.
On Thursday, November 20, the All Stars Project of New Jersey (ASP NJ) honored Lisa J. Schultz, Managing Director, Co-Head Capital Markets, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW), and the PSEG Foundation at its New Jersey LOVES Its Youth / All Stars LEADS in Afterschool annual benefit dinner at the Robert Treat Hotel.
The event raised over $600,000 for ASP NJ's free, performance-based youth development programs in Newark thanks to the leadership of its honorees. Darla Miles, WABC-TV reporter, hosted the evening's festivities, and 300 business and philanthropic leaders attended.
On Saturday, November 15th, hundreds of people came out to A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem to support our young performers in the All Stars Talent Show Network's final show for 2014. Young people, families and supporters from all over the New York City-area attended the event, which drew 154 performers, 61 volunteers and 409 audience members.
The next ASTSN audition will be in February, 2015. Please contact Jamel Thigpen at 212-356-8447 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
On Tuesday, November 18th, the All Stars Project of Dallas celebrated One Year of Building Bridges, a cocktail benefit held in the Atrium of the Dallas Museum of Art. The event featured special guest speakers Jeanne Phillips, Ambassador, Hunt Consolidated, and David Chard, Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, and highlighted the accomplishments of ASP's young people and its gracious supporters and donors.
For more information on One Year of Building Bridges, download the full sales packet here.