Last week,Â HOT 97, one of the premiere radio stations for Hip Hop and R&B in the New York tri-state area and theÂ Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation hosted “Lift ‘Em Up,â€ a day of service that gave those less fortunate a first class experience and dignified evening of gourmet food and holiday entertainment. The night provided an outstanding feast and holiday market for 200Â New Yorkers in need. The motivation was simple: “to uplift others and provide nourishment for both bodies and souls, and give back to the community.”
Participants invited by council membersÂ Leroy Comrie,Â Donovan Richards, andÂ Ruben Wills, as well as theÂ Allan Houston Foundation,Â P.S. 195 Rosedale,Â P.S. 276 Louis Marshall School,Â P.S. 45 Clarence Witherspoon School, and theÂ St. Albans School, P.S. 36, arrived at the winter wonderland hungry and excited!
Families gathered on the “Lift ‘Em Upâ€ red carpet to take photos to bring home as mementos, and then stopped by theÂ Fidelis Care Health InsuranceÂ andÂ Queens LibraryÂ tables to pick up free swag and keepsakes. HOT 97’sÂ Ebro DardenÂ welcomed families, and DJsÂ C-LoÂ andÂ SpynfoÂ spun Hip Hop and holiday beats, as people gathered into the main hall for a delectable banquet of entrÃ©es, sides, salad and dessert. Mr.Â Curtis FarrowÂ was on-hand to provide an inspirational invocation and help announce the dinner service.
“I love helping those that need a little lift in life. Good food can put a smile on ones face!â€ stated celebrity chef contributor,Â Chef Jesse.
During the meal, participants enjoyed performances byÂ Akeem Headley, renowned pianist, saxophonist and director ofÂ Riffz, the jazz band fromÂ Joe’s Music Academy, andÂ Sebastian Mikael. Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist and actor,Â Ja Rule, joined fellow Queens-native,Â Rockwilder, singer Shontelle, and R&B singer/songwriterÂ Sevyn Streeter, on the buffet line to help serve food and spend time with attendees.