Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Gracie Cedres, President and Chair of G.R.A.C.E. Inc., appeared on 102.6 The Situation Radio
January 17, 2022

On Tuesday, January 18th at 8:30AM EST on 102.6 “The Situation” Gracie Cedres was the special guest that graced the airwaves. Gracie is an entrepreneur focused on community engagement and development, and she is also one of the winners from @earnyourleisure Pitch, Hustle, and Grow competition for EYL learners. She discussed her transition into entrepreneurship, and the development and mission of G.R.A.C.E (Granting Resources And Community Enrichment) Inc. To hear more, tune in to To stay connected, follow @harlemsgrace on all social media platforms. 

One of the iniatives of G.R.A.C.E Inc., was a clothing and footwear drive to benefit families of Grenada. The objective became imperative to provide the working class men with the proper equipment; as they were working in hazardous conditions. There efforts not only serviced internationally but locally as well providing for those in need in Brooklyn and The Bronx.

This was all made possible by wanting to assist others and the outpour of support was tremendous. The Harlem Self Storage allowing their space to be utilized as the drop off location was a great gesture in itself. Pooling resources together, spreading awareness and showing humanity to make the change you want to see and community better was accomplished.

IYO Visuals hosted their First Annual IYO Day
May 24, 2021

Isaac Yowman, the CEO of IYO Visuals, celebrated the first IYO Day on May 14, 2021. IYO Day was a day to give back to the community, celebrate over a decade of service, and debut IYO Art House in Houston, Texas.

IYO started the day off hand-delivering groceries to Pleasant Hill Village, an independent senior living facility, where eager residents formed a line throughout the building to receive their goodies long before the start time at 10 a.m. The IYO team later went to Mickey Leland where Isaac spoke with students to encourage their journeys and aid them in making connections to launch their future endeavors, before providing bags with art supplies to the students. 

The day continued at the Historic Deluxe Theater where a presentation was made by the Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s office, as well as the City of Houston proclaiming May 14th as IYO Day for their service and contribution to the community. IYO also honored Houston City Council Member Tarsha JacksonDistrict BKathy Payton of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, and Jessie Lot, a Creative Artist for being pillars of the arts in the Fifth Ward community. A special video presentation debuted upcoming IYO Visuals projects and details about the IYO Art House before concluding and ending in celebration of rich art and culture. Special Guests include Ash with 713 Motoring, Derek “D-Reck” Dixon, as well as DJ XO and KG Smooth. 

Photo credit: Chino Chase and Clay Keiser

Nephew Tommy celebrated his 54th birthday and partied with a purpose!
May 17, 2021

Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles celebrated his 54th birthday on Sunday, May 16th at Five Central. He closed down the entire establishment for a private celebration that consisted of a VIP red carpet experience, live music, complimentary lite-bites, dancing, and more. Special Guests hit the red carpet such as cast members from Ready To Love (RTL), Troy McAlister, Bryan Carroll, Alexis “Fly” Jones, Jay Bradley, Chef Derrick, and more. In addition to RTL Cast members, the event host Carl Payne joined the red carpet alongside Tommy and recording artist B. Taylor

Although the event was a celebration, it was also to assist in raising funds for veterans that are in need. Tommy is passionate about this initiative, as it is the primary focus of his nonprofit, Miles of Giving. The mission of Miles of Giving is to provide a critical service that directly grants financial assistance to enlisted Veterans and their families. Through direct payments to a veteran, we cut out middlemen and bureaucratic entanglement that often delay services needed by veterans and their caregivers.

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