Presented by Entrepreneur during the weekend of the 59th Grammy Awards, we held our first fundraiser for our International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation at City Summit & Gala 2017.

In association with Daniely Design Group, Allure Events & Catering and Brigade LA, the weekend featured iconic guest speakers and honored guests who came out to support the funding needs of our organization, and those of our recipients including Quincy Jones FoundationBreed Life, and Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

I co-founded International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation (IAPF) to support outstanding non-profits across a wide range of philanthropic efforts. In addition to serving as fiscal sponsor to start-up charities like Breed Life and my Always In The Club Foundation/Project:NOW, IAPF also partners with organizations to help with their fundraising initiatives.

THANK YOU so much to all of our sponsors for helping us realize this amazing weekend of philanthropy and social impact!

We kicked off the weekend’s events on Friday February 10th, with a private dinner held for our host committee and supporters that attracted some of the biggest thought leaders, philanthropists, and influencers. The night was hosted by FORBES RILEY, LIVIA SUZANNE CAUDELL, and DREW STERN, who I cannot thank enough for their amazing job of keeping the event pumped and engaging.  A very special thank you goes to Jeff Spenard & Ryan Treasure of VoiceAmerica – Live Internet Talk Radio for Amplifying the event, and to our sponsors Income Store and Allure Events & Catering. And a VERY special thanks to GREG REID of Secret Knock.

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On Saturday February 11th, we held our CITY SUMMIT Business Conference at USC Tower in downtown Los Angeles, bringing together leaders, entrepreneurs, and influential individuals to share business techniques, inspiring testimonies, and to network with like-minded achievers from organizations such as NASA, Virgin Galactic, and Google, among others. Thank you so much to our moderator GREG REID, all of our esteemed panelists, and our guest speakers HALLE BERRY and ANTHONY MACKIE for sharing their time, passions, and insights during this extraordinary event.

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Here’s a great story from PEOPLE on HALLE BERRY‘s powerful conversation.

And on Sunday February 12th we held our CITY GALA on the evening of the GRAMMYs, where we partied with a purpose during an unforgettable night of inspiration. The star studded event included a silent auction and a Charity Poker Tournament produced by HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS. Thanks guys!! And my deepest gratitude and love to host JEFF TIMMONS (98 Degrees), our moderator GREG REID, our extraordinary auction house 501 AUCTIONS, and of course our honored guests at CITY GALA 2017:

THANK YOU SO MUCH to my dear friend JOHN TRAVOLTA (Honored Guest Speaker), QUINCY JONES (Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award), RUSSELL SIMMONS (Recipient of the Inspiration Award), and JOHN PAUL DeJORIA (Special Guest Presenter)

Finally, I want to give a VERY special and heartfelt thanks to RYAN LONG – Founder of CITY SUMMIT & GALA, who worked tirelessly to support our charities and the important work that we do. THANK YOU, Ryan!

Now check out a couple of videos and pictures below, and JOIN US inside the CITY GALA!!

More Red Carpet Interviews of John Travolta, Quincy Jones, and more!! 

FEATURE STORY on John Travolta from our presenting sponsor ENTREPRENEUR

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