Prominent figures in business, sports, media and philanthropy came out for the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Gala Luncheon at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Event chair Leslie Lewis Sword, Lewis’ eldest daughter, announced that this year’s gala raised more than $665,000 toward a $1 million endowment challenge grant from The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, in support of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Harvard Law School Bussey Professor Emeritus Frank E. A. Sander, who taught and mentored Lewis at Harvard Law, received the Millennium Member Award. Profit Investment Management CEO Eugene A. Profit received the Reginald F. Lewis Award, presented to an African American entrepreneur who has broken barriers to become internationally successful before the age of 50. —Alfred A. Edmond Jr.
Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown
Alma Rangel, Dr. Rosalyn Fugett-Wiley (sister of Reginald F. Lewis), former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, Leslie Lewis Sword
Carolyn Fugett, mother of Reginald F. Lewis
Gala emcee and CBS2 News anchor Maurice Dubois with wife Andrea.
Leslie Lewis-Sword, Loida Lewis and Star Jones
Sports journalist William Rhoden and NFL star Dhani Jones
Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle, Reginald F. Lewis Award honoree Eugene Profit, and Black Enterprise Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond Jr.
The gala ended with dancing to the sounds of DJ M.O.S.