100 Suits for Men, a nonprofit organization based in Laurelton that addresses the needs of underprivileged men and women in need of business attire in New York City, hosted its Second Annual Fundraiser Gala on Oct. 8.
The event was held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., which included a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony honoring 15 recipients. Two recipients received the Legacy Award from Kevin Livingston, founder of 100 Suits for Men.
A six-foot ‘100 suits’ lettering lit up the center stage adorned by red, black and gold balloons. Guests were welcomed and directed to the big screen for a video highlighting the diligent work 100 Suits has accomplished over the last year, followed by a special video message from civil rights activist and NFL football player Colin Kapernick, who is a big supporter of the organization.
As the night continued, Livingston introduced the honorees, who each shared personal testaments that define the work and service they put into their communities.
Each honoree was chosen by the 100 Suits board for their work and dedication to the youth and communities alike. Honorees included Congresswoman Grace Meng, Laze Elliot, Khaleel Bragg and Kyle Bragg.
Legacy Awards were presented to Black Hollywood screenwriter and producer Salim Akil, who is responsible for some of the most iconic shows including, but not limited to, “The Game” and “Girlfriends.” Akil’s wife, Mara Brock-Akil, who executive produced a number of projects with him, was also presented with a plaque for her extraordinary work.
Before the night ended, Livingston was presented with the Henry Clayton Legacy Award in honor of his late father and the work he has done in communities.