With an extremely rough winter season behind us, the urge to make an appearance at as many happy hours a week as possible and to catch up with friends strikes even more now that the weather in New York City is finally tolerable and beyond gorgeous. But happy hours for a great cause make it an even better reason to step out for a drink or two, regardless of the weather! Over 250 VIPs in business, philanthropy, and entertainment gathered in Harlem to support a charitable cause on Monday night, despite the unforeseen rain Mother Nature bestowed upon us.


On July 15, 2014, the second installment of REVOLT TV’s community initiative, “HELLO Harlem” – a summer series to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH) took place at The Park 112 in Harlem. It was an honor to be personally invited by 135th St. Agency as a VIP guest. I brought along my business partner, Brittany Capies, as my plus one, and we had an amazing time. It was a memorable night of networking, good vibes, good drinks, delicious hours devours, and amazing music – all in the name of supporting a local cause. Who wouldn’t enjoy a night like this?

Businesses that were represented include JP Morgan & Chase, USA EEOC, Citibank, NYC Law Department, The City of New York, Universal Republic, VH-1, ABC Television, and the National Action Network.

REVOLT TV's "Hello Harlem"

VIPs included Lew Tucker (Owner, Park 112), David Paterson (Former Governor of New York), Peter Thomas (Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Mr. Broadway (Furious Five/Hip Hop Pioneer), Nina Flowers (The Apollo), Ashley Ennis (ABC’s “The Chew”), Vaughn Mack (Bad Boy Entertainment), Hisham Tawfiq (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Marc John Jeffries (“Losing Isaiah”/”Notorious”) and more.

Sponsored by AQUAhydrate, Sean John and Ciroc, and supported by Harlem Park to Park, the evening was hosted by Mike Houston, VP, Acct. Management for The Nelson Group, and featured remarks by Kai Wright, REVOLT TV VP of Communications who acknowledged special guests and encouraged donation support. REVOLT’s DJ Hannah Rad kept the crowd moving while spinning on the 1s & 2s, and soul artist and activist Maya Azucena gave an electrifying performance singing a medley of her songs including “Come With Me,” “Fearless,” “Black Butterfly” and “Dance Revolution.”

The HELLO Harlem summer series will continue every Monday through September 8, 2014. The events are invitation-only and you must become a donor to attend. For a complete event listing, visit www.helloharlem.org.

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HELLO Harlem is a community campaign specifically designed to redefine the fundraising landscape by infusing charity and entertainment to raise interest, awareness and support for the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH). Defined as an effort to Help Expand Life’s Limitless Opportunities, the campaign draws upon influential relationships with the who’s who of NYC philanthropists, entrepreneurs and civic leaders who support the BGCH mission and provide education, social and leadership opportunities for the children and youth of Harlem.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem is to provide access and opportunities for youth to reach their full potential as responsible members of the community.

REVOLT is the new #1 name in music. Focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation, the multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming. Attracting over 50 million young adults through television, digital properties, social and mobile, REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen. Launched in broadcast in October 2013, REVOLT is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Century Link in over 40 of the top 50 U.S. markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and DC.