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Brotherhood Crusade 47th Annual Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Delivers Elegant, High Impact Party with a Purpose. Community Champion, Laphonza Butler Saluted with Distinguished Honors. Youth Members Celebrated and Eric Benèt Brings the H

(Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2015) - The Brotherhood Crusade presented what many are calling the "best ever" party with a purpose last Friday, November 6th at the Beverly Hilton. The joyous and prestigious 47th Annual Bremond-Bakewell Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards shined a light on the beloved labor leader and community champion SEIU Local 2015 President Laphonza Butler, and celebrated the remarkable achievements of its youth members. Grammy nominated R&B artist Eric Benèt gave an amazing performance that brought the house down. 

The event theme, "Be An Ingredient for Change" carried a message of hope and a charge for each guest in the room to make an impact in the lives of people in need. The message was also extended to Brotherhood Crusade youth leaders, who through Brotherhood Crusade mentoring, programs and guidance, have overcome gang violence, the foster care system, drug addiction, the ravages of poverty, and the rise of violence to overcome and achieve college acceptances, scholarships, and obtain leadership roles in their schools and community.

Charisse Bremond-Weaver embraces honoree and friend Laphonza Butler. Photo Credit: Maury Phillips Charisse Bremond-Weaver, President/CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade said, "I am humbled by the outpouring love of all of our partners. A special thank you to Laphonza Butler for making our event the best and most successful ever! Eric Benèt rocked the stage with an amazing show and I'm so proud of our young people who dressed up and came out to the event, so we could tell their story and celebrate their accomplisments. They are reason we do this work and we are so very proud of them."

Special guests included Berry Gordy Jr. (Founder/Motown Records), Kamil McFadden ("K.C. Undercover"/ Disney), William Allen Young (A Soldier's Story, Moesha), Hosea Chanchez, (The Game/BET) and many more.

Many elected officials joined the festivities including, Senator Holly J. Mitchell (30th District), Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Controller, Ron Galperin, Isadore Hall, III/ Member of the California State Senate (35th District), Reginald Jones-Sawyer, SR., Member of the California State Assembly (59th District), Chris Holden/ Member of the California State Assembly 41st District, Autumn Burke/ Member of the California State Assembly 62nd District), Sebastian Ridley-Thomas/ Member of the California State Assembly (54th District), Mark Ridley-Thomas/ Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (District 2), Herb J. Wesson, Jr./ President of the Los Angeles Council (10th District), Marqueece Harris-Dawson/ Los Angeles City Council (8th District), Janna Zurita/ Compton City Council and Emma Sharif/ Compton City Council

Bremond Weaver added, "We are thrilled and grateful for the support and excitement surrounding this year's gala. The house was packed to capacity with dignitaries, celebrities, notables, corporate leaders who are Brotherhood Crusade partners in serving the community of young people who rely on our programs and guidance."

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Founded in 1968, The Brotherhood Crusade is a not-for-profit, human and social services organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting the unmet needs of low-income, underserved, underrepresented and disenfranchised individuals. To learn more about The Brotherhood Crusade, visit www.brotherhoodcrusade.org. To donate to Brotherhood Crusade and support its mission and programs, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/f/lrg/n. or click here.

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