Will & Jada Pinkett Smith On Board ‘3rd Annual Charlie Mack Celebrity Weekend’

Will Smith and

wife Jada Pinkett Smith will participate in Charles "Charlie Mack" Alston’s

3rd Annual Charlie Mack Celebrity Weekend, a series of charity events taking place

in Smith and Mack’s hometown of Philadelphia July 21-23.Mack,

a film producer and legendary Philadelphia promoter who has served as Smith’s

long time aide, will donate a portion of the proceeds of the "Charlie Mack

Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend" to various community based charity organizations,

including Mothers in Charge, a Philadelphia based nonprofit that supports women

who have lost loved ones to violent crimes, as well as Yesha Ministries."As

a native Philadelphian, I wanted to provide young people with a vehicle to interact

with today’s entertainment industry leaders, however, it was after the loss

of my two brothers that I saw an even greater need to create a fundraising benefit

to assist anti-violence organizations," Mack said. "I am proud and pleased

that the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Foundation has joined in the efforts to stop

the violence and increase the peace in our great city of Philadelphia and that

the Smith’s are joining us in this year’s cause,” remarks Mack.

Rapper

Queen Latifah, Meagan Good (Waist Deep), Regina King (Ray), Tracy

Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), Duane Martin (All of Us), Allen Payne

(House of Payne), Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris), Cuttino

Mobley (Los Angeles Clippers), Flip Murray (Cleveland Cavaliers) and basketball

great Mark Jackson and others are among the confirmed list of celebrities slated

to attend the charity events.Mack,

who served as co-producer of the movie ATL, which stars rapper T.I., founded

the event over 15-years-ago as a yearly celebrity basketball game, but the event

soon evolved into a charitable benefit that raised money and awareness to deter

violent crimes in Philadelphia."It

is hard for me to get a grip on what is happening in the streets of Philadelphia,

the same streets that I grew up on and walk through," Will Smith stated.

"However, I do understand there is a different mind set today then when I

was raised so I feel compelled to do something. I am excited about illuminating

the positive’s of the weekend and have known Charlie Mack for a lot of years

and has seen how he has changed his life and become a shining example of the possibilities

of what Philadelphia can produce.”Mack’s

weekend begins of Friday, July 21 with the "Praise 4 Peace Gospel Concert"

and other events during the weekend include Saturday’s "Youth Day" featuring

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the Celebrity Gala, the 10th Annual Celebrity Basketball

Game and an official Mary J. Blige afterparty.For

more information visit CharlieMackCelebrityWeekend.com.

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