March 22, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- In a celebratory affair,
, a nonprofit social investment fund serving
, honored on
, award-winning singer, actor and activist
, South African band
, and social justice activist
Father Michael Lapsley
at its 19th Anniversary Awards Gala at
New York City
's Gotham Hall.
, a leading global financial services firm, received the Corporate Award at the gala.
Some 300 distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats gathered for the annual black-tie affair. The gala raised funds to support Shared Interest's mission.
, executive director of Shared Interest, told gala attendees that Shared Interest has built a
guarantee fund, benefiting nearly 2.2 million "hard working, hopeful South Africans".
Lifetime of Social Justice and Leadership Award
. In accepting his award, Belafonte recalled his mentors in the pursuit of justice who helped shape his social activism, including Dr.
Martin Luther King
. Belafonte said one of the joys of an artist was understanding his responsibility of being a "gatekeeper of truth".
, an Anglican priest and freedom fighter, received the
Promoting Healing, Reconciliation and Hope Award
for his life's work in the healing of memories of South Africans affected by apartheid – enabling victims and perpetrators to reconcile and reclaim their humanity.
Freshlyground, a chart-topping multiracial South African band, was honored with the
Voices of the Next Generation Award,
for their ongoing efforts to give back to the community through its social outreach programs and concerts.
, J.P. Morgan's Senior Country Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa, accepted the
Visionary Investment in South Africa's Communities Award
on behalf of J.P. Morgan. J.P. Morgan was recognized for its focus on investments towards the most vulnerable people in
through strategic partnerships, and support for sustainable programs with measurable impact.
, host of Black Enterprise Business Report, was the evening host. This year's major corporate sponsors are
South African Airways
Black Entertainment Television.
Gala corporate partners are
Johnson & Johnson
Event Chairs were
, executive director of Africa Travel Association, and
, senior vice president at Walden Asset Management. Honorary Chairs are The Honorable
David and Mrs. Joyce Dinkins;
Consul General and Mrs. George Monyemangene;
H.E. Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
Ms. Rosieda Shabodien
SOURCE Shared Interest