*Steve Harvey hosted his 1st Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala to support the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.
Alongside co-host Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America,” Harvey gave recognition to Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta Washington for their good deeds. The couple donated $1 million to the cause.
“I am stunned but at the same time I’m not because this gift exemplifies Denzel and Pauletta,” said Harvey. “Giving comes real easy to them and although that’s surprising to a lot of people, its not surprising to us. 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.”
Other attendees included Common, Sherri Shepherd and performer Toni Braxton.
Mentoring Weekend for Young Men brings out adolescent boys from the across the country including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Tampa, Washington DC, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Shreveport.
In its inception in 2009, Harvey brought out 100 teenage boys and their guardians from around the country to his ranch in Dallas for weekend of mentoring and support.
Sponsored by Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Charitable Funds and Essence Magazine, this inaugural affair also honored Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone and Pam El of State Farm Insurance for their commitment to mentoring.