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Menformation Project Presents Making A Difference (M-A-D) Awards
By Larry Buford
Published January 14, 2016

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Marcus Farrow

All-Star Benefit Hosted by actor Tommy Davidson

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, on January 26 The Menformation Project will present an all-star benefit – Making A Difference (M-A-D) Awards – at the DoubleTree Hotel in Culver City. Actor Tommy Davidson will host the ceremony.

The Menformation Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that mentors and helps direct the lives of boys 8 to 17 years of age by teaching the 22 principles of manhood. To date, Menformation has impacted the lives of over 450 boys in South Central Los Angeles most of whom come from father-absent homes and do not have positive male role models.

CEO Marcus Farrow says, “This event is our National Mentoring Month fundraiser where we will recognize community and corporate partners who have helped us over the last seven years.”

Honorees for this inaugural ceremony are Corey Dantzler, Challengers Boys & Girls Club; Tom Lillig, Bank of the West Foundation; Iris Gordy and Karla Gordy Bristol, The Fuller B. Gordy Foundation; Mark Whitlock, USC Cecil Murray Center; and Carl Balton, Union Bank Foundation.

Entertainment will include musicians Paul Jackson Jr., Kevin Toney, Billy Davis Jr. (of Fifth Dimension fame), and other surprise guests.

Paul Jackson Jr. is a world class musician who has recorded and performed with some of the biggest artists like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Chicago, Elton John, Barry White and Luther Vandross. Millions know him from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Idol. He’s also an original board member of Menformation.

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Billy Davis Jr.

Kevin Toney was a member of the legendary jazz group The Black Byrds. He’s worked with major artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Pink and Frank Sinatra. In addition to writing film scores, he wrote the hit song “Rock Creek Park.” He’s also a mentor at Menformation.

As Menformation’s Ambassador, singer Billy Davis Jr. says “Mentoring is a proven solution to helping our boys stay in school and stay out of jail.”

The DoubleTree Hotel (Pacifica Ballroom) is located at 6161 West Centinela Avenue. The affair will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For ticket information visit www.menformation.org or call (310) 984-6931.

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