Shared Interest, a leading New York-based nonprofit social investment fund, will honor award-winning singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte, South African pop band Freshlyground, and freedom fighter and social justice activist Father Michael Lapsley at its 19th Anniversary Awards Gala on Monday, March 18, at Gotham Hall New York City.
JP Morgan, a leading global financial services firm, will receive the Corporate Award at the gala.
Distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats will gather for this celebratory annual event that recognizes leaders for their commitment and ongoing work towards economic democracy and development in southern Africa. The black-tie affair will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dessert.
Caroline Clarke, Executive Editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE and host of BE Business Report, will serve as Evening Host of the gala. This year’s major corporate sponsor is South African Airways.
The evening performance will feature Afropop music from honoree Freshlyground. Following the gala, Freshlyground will perform at an after party geared towards young professionals to support Shared Interest’s Next Generation Campaign, which aims to catalyze investment in South and Southern Africa’s underserved communities for decades to come.. The After Party will be held from 9:30pm- midnight at Gotham Hall.
Shared Interest’s mission is to mobilize the resources for Southern Africa's economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build equitable nations. Since 1994, Shared Interest’s loan guarantees and technical support have benefited more than two million black South Africans – the majority of them women. Shared Interest has never lost a cent of its investors’ interest or principal.
For ticket information, please visit www.sharedinterest.org or call COMPASS EVENTS at 212-843-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual gala tickets begin at $500, table packages begin at $5,000. After Party tickets are available separately for $100.