(AllHipHop) R&B king Ne-Yo can add philanthropist to his long list of professional accolades.
Thursday night, the Grammy-Award winning artist and his nonprofit The Compound Foundation, held their third annual “Fostering a Legacy” in NYC.
Sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, the “Fostering a Legacy” benefit is their premier fundraiser which honors individuals that have impacted children’s lives through their contributions, dedication and advocacy.
Event chairman and Co-CEO of Sun Capital, Mark Leder hosted over 100 philanthropists, business executives and music professionals as they filled into Gotham Hall for a night of entertainment.
Mila J, Kevin Liles, Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price, Ne-Yo’s mother Lorraine Smith, and Porsche Brand & Lifestyle VP, Cristina Cheever were some of the guests on hand to support.
Ne-Yo hosted the awards ceremony with help from Saturday Night Live comedian and recent VMA host, Jay Pharaoh.
Jodie Blum, adoptive parent and Executive Director of Grammy U, and former foster child Steve Pemberton, Divisional Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens, were the special honorees of the night.
Following the dedication, the party kicked into high gear as the audience were treated to performances from both Ne-yo and Trey Songz.
Trey Songz perform a medley of hits including “Heart Attack” , “NaNa” and “Say Ahh”, while Ne-Yo belted his high-energy hit “Let me Love You” and more.
The dancing didn’t stop there as Questlove jumped on the 1’s & 2’s for the official after-party.
Ne-Yo on The Compound Foundation’s Mission:
“Circumstance should never stand in the way of a child’s dream. Being a foster kid, you kind of get this red stamp of disapproval before you get an opportunity to prove and show who you are, and I don’t feel like that’s fair. That’s why The Compound Foundation was founded; to keep these kids inspired, to keep these kids educated of the opportunities that are out there for them, and to make sure that these kids understand that where you come from, and where you end up don’t have anything to do with each other.”
Check out AHH’s exclusive video with guests & honorees of the night below, and head over to The Compound Foundation to learn more about their work in the community.