On Saturday (September 13th), Emmy Award-winning casting director and talent executive Robi Reed held her end-of-summer event, “Robi Reed’s 12th Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration” – The Day Party With A Purpose benefiting The Reed For Hope Foundation. Held at a Beverly Hills estate, the event was hosted by actress/model Eva Marcille (“America’s Next Top Model”) and actress/comedian Kym Whitley (OWN’s “Raising Whitley”), with special musical performances by singer/songwriter Goapele and the Hidden Beach Experience.
Reed had many reasons to celebrate this year, including and a successful second year of her non-profit organization, the Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF), which focuses on health, wellness and disease prevention. RFHF’s Love Healthy campaign is aimed to initiate meaningful conversation about how influencers can use their social currency to affect public attitudes about health disparities, disease prevention, and general wellness. RFHF is extending the Love Healthy Tour next year, which launched in 2013-14 in target markets around the country and with activations on HBCU campuses, encouraging everyone to get screened for HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, diabetes, blood pressure, stress, cholesterol, and breast cancer.
Celebrities attended included Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, actress Regina King, former NFL’er Terrell Owens, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, singer Kenny Lattimore, Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, veteran actor John Amos, actress Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), rapper/actress Lil’ Mama (“CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story”), TV personality Omarosa Manigault (“The Apprentice”) and actress Robinne Lee (“Being Mary Jane”). See the photos on the next page.