Brotherhood Crusade holds its annual awards dinner
California Endowment’s Robert K. Ross to be honored
Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is dedicated to building and sustaining an institution that raises funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community. Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations and foundations of good will that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping the community and people grow and prosper.
The Brotherhood Crusade has made a major impact on the lives of many by creating and providing more than $50 million in grants for programs and supportive services such as job training and placement, teen counseling and mentoring, scholarships for low-income students, gang prevention and intervention programs and much more.
Every year the organization hosts the Bremond-Bakewell Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Dinner to raise funds.
“The dinner is in honor of my late father, Walter Bremond, and the purpose of the event is to highlight one African American’s significant accomplishments, not only in Los Angeles but across the country,” said Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president of the Brotherhood Crusade. “This year we are honoring Robert K. Ross, M.D., president of the California Endowment. He is truly a trailblazer and a visionary, and he cares about the underserved across the entire state. I am very excited to honor him because he has been our biggest supporter since I’ve been at the helm of the organization for the last seven years.”
The awards dinner is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Brotherhood Crusade, and proceeds from the event serve the organization’s many programs such as the Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program, Mentor and Me, Brother to Brother, March to 1000 and more.
Youth from these programs will also be featured during the awards dinner.
“At the dinner we also take the opportunity to thank our partners, like Honda, Wells Fargo, DirecTV, Microsoft, SEIU, Verizon, Southwest Airlines, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt law corporation, and so many more. It’s a partnership, and I get to host all of my favorite people in the city,” said Bremond-Weaver.
“Yes, they are all corporate leaders, but 100 percent of them are my friends.”
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Congresswoman Karen Bass will also be speaking at the event.
With the theme of the dinner being “The Journal of Giving,” Bremond-Weaver said that KEM, the musical guest for the evening, was a fitting choice.
“He just has an amazing story, and the fact that he went from being homeless to now being in a position where he gives back is what this organization is all about.”
More than 900 guests are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 9876 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills this evening. The festivities begin at 7 p.m., with a reception followed by the dinner and program at 8 p.m.
For more information on the Brotherhood Crusade and its work with youth in the community, visit the organization’s website at www.brotherhoodcrusade.org.
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The Brotherhood Crusade is a nonprofit institution founded in 1968 to provide resources, services and a voice of advocacy to traditionally underserved communities. Its mission is to help individuals overcome barriers that deter their pursuit of success, and to offer programming that improves quality of life, promotes health, fosters educational and economic opportunities and builds community.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be honored by the Brotherhood Crusade at the upcoming Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 4. She’ll receive the Bremond-Bakewell Award, named for Walter Bremond, founder of the community-service organization in 1968, and Danny Bakewell, the nonprofit’s institutional builder.
The Brotherhood Crusade’s current president and CEO is Charisse Bremond-Weaver, the daughter of the founder, who assumed the reigns in 2006.