The stars shined brightly at the Gotham Hall on May 11, 2017 for The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Gala. Among the guests were actors Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adam Lazarre-White and Michael K. Williams, the Honorable David N. Dinkins, 106th mayor of New York, the Honorable Cyrus Vance, New York County district attorney, film and television producers Terence and Rachel Winter, New York Times columnist Charles Blow, DJ Beverly Bond, founder and executive director of Black Girls Rock!, poet-author Elizabeth Alexander, Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director & Co-Founder and Associate Executive Directors Jason Warwin and Cidra M. Sebastien for Bro/Sis.
Celebrated actor Jeffrey Wright and award-winning artist Carrie Mae Weems were being honored Thursday by Brotherhood/Sister Sol is an AMAZING youth development program based in Harlem. The evening included a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by an awards dinner. Entertainment was provided by Bro/Sis alumni The Peace Poets, a Bronx-based collective of artists who celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry.
VOICES 2017 was chaired by Bro/Sis board co-chairs Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay and Clara Markowicz. Fundraising chairs for the event were Michael J. O’Brien, Michelle Ores and Charles N. Schorin and fundraising vice chair was Tiffany R. Warren. The event was made possible by generous support of the Omnicom Group; the Dr. David M. Milch Foundation/Ars Veritas; BlackRock; Latham & Watkins LLP; Clara Markowicz; Charles N. Schorin and Michelle Ores; Rabbi Rachel Cowan; BBDO Worldwide; Carrington Charitable Foundation; Davis & Gilbert; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy; Harlem Community Development; HBO; Marcy & Bennett Grau; Rahsan-Rahsan & Letena Lindsay; Ravi Mallik; The Margaret & Daniel Loeb – 3rd Point Foundation; Morgan Stanley; Lisa Oppenheim Schultz & Robert Schultz; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; TBWA Worldwide; and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Founded in 1995, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming. “The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is an organization that is dedicated to helping young people understand the political realities of our age and to helping them become social change makers,” said Bro/Sis Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White. “We believe this work is done via education, organizing and the arts—and we are so pleased to have honored two artists whose work and life missions are so intertwined with social commentary, equity and struggling with the important and necessary issues of our time.” For more on the organization, check out this video. is worth the time: .video.