Pat Harvey, center, receives the award from Charisse Bremond Weaver and Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. (Courtesy photo)

Surpassing all expectations, the Brotherhood Crusade raised a whopping $1.2 million announced President/CEO Charisse Bremond-Weaver during the organization’s 55th Annual Bremond/Bakewell Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Dinner.

More than 2,000 people gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, on Friday, Dec. 8, for the popular event, which honored media icon, community advocate and philanthropist Pat Harvey for her endearing 34-year career in broadcast journalism and philanthropic contributions to individuals and groups throughout the city.

“Pat Harvey is a remarkable individual whose outstanding career and steadfast commitment to community service has made a lasting impact on the lives of many,” said Bremond Weaver, who joined Brotherhood Crusade Board Chairman Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. in presenting Harvey with the award.

“Her legacy of excellence and dedication to uplifting our community embodies the core values of Brotherhood Crusade. Her achievements serve as an inspiration to us all, and it is with great honor and enthusiasm that we recognize her as this year’s honoree.”

“We are honored to present this award to Pat Harvey, not only because of her stellar career over the past 34 years as an icon of news and media here in Los Angeles and throughout the country,  but also because Pat’s willingness to get involved in her community, lend a hand and lend her voice to those things that are important to our people is what the Brotherhood/Bremond Pioneer of African American Achievement is all about,” said Bakewell.

2023 Bremond/Bakewell Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Dinner
Friday, December 8, 2023

“It is an honor awarded to those individuals who are not only icons in their field of endeavor, but use their power and influence, not only for the betterment of themselves, but for the betterment of our community and our people,” he stated.

Emotionally touched by the acknowledgement, Harvey remarked that the Bremond/Bakewell Pioneer of African American Achievement award “means everything to me.”

“Receiving this esteemed award from Brotherhood Crusade is not just a moment of personal pride but a reminder of our collective power to create change, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” said legendary news anchor.

“Brotherhood Crusade’s shared commitment to community service truly resonates with me, and I am excited to lend my voice and efforts to furthering their initiatives. Together, we’ll continue creating stories of empowerment, resilience, and positivity for the communities we serve.”

The gala was highlighted by a range of entertainment led by renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips and complimented with musical selections by the students from the Amazing Grace Conservatory, helmed by actress and founder Wendy Raquel Robinson. The evening’s headliner was singer/songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, who captivated the crowd with his music from his Grammy award-winning catalogue of hits.

Prior to Edmonds taking the stage, Bremond Weaver expressed appreciation to the supporters and partners that donated to the Brotherhood Crusade, stressing that their “generosity will help us continue to directly help hundreds of youth and thousands of families with goods and services in our community.”

She added, “The funds raised will continue fueling Brotherhood Crusade’s Youth Development Trauma Informed programs, designed to empower positive change in South Los Angeles and surrounding areas by providing essential resources that help make a real difference in the lives of young people.”

The gala’s supporters include Platinum Partners Comerica Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and U.S. Bank.

The Diamond Partners are AEG, AFSCME United Domestic Workers, Airbnb, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Bank of America, Boeing, City National Bank, LeadersUp, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, McDonald’s Operators Association of Southern California, Northern Trust, SEIU Local 2015, SoCalGas, and Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters.

The Gold Partners are Accenture, Amazon, Annenberg Foundation, Arnold Hackett, AT&T, BMO, CAM Foundation, Capital One, Celeste Alleyne, Chick-fil-A, L.A. Councilmember Curren Price, Destination Crenshaw, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, FOX, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc., LA Care Health Plan, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Los Angeles Rams,

L.A. Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, McCourt Partners, Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute/California State Dominguez Hills, Play Equity Fund, State Farm Insurance, Southern California Edison, The Berry Gordy Foundation for Truth and Justice, USC Civic Engagement and Economic Partnerships University Relations, Verizon, Webb Investments, Weingart Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

The Silver Partners are ButterFli, CBS2/KCAL 9, Chris Paul Family Foundation, Community Builders Group, Community Coalition, Kaiser Permanente, LA28 Olympic and Paralympic, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles World Airports, Our Authors Study Club, SEIU Local 721, SMS Transportation, Stewart Manhattan Inc., The Castillo Charitable Foundation, and Torrey Pines Bank.

The Bronze Partners are California Community Foundation, Corday Kozberg Family Fund, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Liberty Hill Foundation, mortonwealth, Paramount Pictures, RFP Insurance Agency, Inc., Signature Resolution, Senator Steven Bradford, St. John Well Child & Family Center, The Broad Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and Assemblywoman Tina McKinnor.

(Courtesy photos)