This past Saturday, over 350 people – including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Congressman John Delaney – turned out to support New York Times Best Selling Author Wes Moore at his inaugural Champions of #THEWORK Celebration. Moore and PHILANTHROPIK co-hosted the event at the Four Seasons Baltimore to honor seven individuals for their significant contributions and dedication to their local communities. Just last month, Moore released his second read, The Work, which quickly climbed the ranks of the New York Times’ Best-Seller list.
Moore addressed the crowd in the name of #THEWORK, delivering powerful remarks regarding the importance of finding one’s passion in life through self-discovery, service and risk-taking.
“We want to rejoice the individuals who are using their passions as a vehicle to address the world’s greatest needs, and share their experiences for the chance to inspire others to do the work of their lives.”
The red carpet affair – presented by Prudential – featured CÎROC signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. World-renowned harmonica player Frederic Yonnet serenaded guests with a live performance of classic tunes mixed with modern day hits.
The night honored: Youth Dreamers’ Kristina Berdan, CÎROC Military Ambassador and US Marine Corps Captain Christopher Minaya, President & Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Bonnie Carroll, Youth Build Founder & Executive Director Robert Clark and BridgeEdu’s Codi Chavis, Angelique Smith and Tyson Sanford-Griffin for their continued success in their individual fields.
Additional notable attendees at the soiree included Maryland State Senator Bill Ferguson, CBS Baltimore Anchor Vic Carter and Prudential Vice Chairman Mark Grier among others.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONS OF #THEWORK
Champions of #THEWORK is inspired by New York Times Bestselling Author Wes Moore’s book, The Work. The platform challenges individuals to use their passion as vehicle to address the world’s greatest needs, then share their experiences for a chance to inspire others. Those looking to share their story or find out more, are encouraged to visit www.whatisyourwork.com.
ABOUT WES MOORE
Baltimore Native Wes Moore is an Army combat veteran, national bestselling author, and social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller as a story that conveys the importance of individual decisions as well as community support. In his most recent book The Work, another New York Times Bestseller, Moore recounts the valuable lessons learned from his experiences in Afghanistan to the Bush White House to the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign. He is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” on PBS. www.wesmoore.com Twitter: @wesmoore1 Facebook & Instagram: @iamwesmoore
PHILANTHROPIK is a series of charitable functions produced by activist, strategist and entrepreneur Zachary McDaniels. It was designed to give his network, associates and business partners the opportunity to donate, gain relationships with and connection to organizations both of historic significance and human value. PHILANTHROPIK is an effort to help join those who want to give with those that need it. A simple concept with continual gains. www.philanthropik.org
ABOUT PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL
For nearly 140 years, Prudential Financial, Inc., has helped individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. Today, it is one of the world’s largest financial services institutions with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential also has one of the most recognized and trusted brand symbols: The Rock ®, an icon of strength, stability, expertise, and innovation. The company is a proud sponsor of Wes Moore and Champions of #THEWORK. For more information about this partnership, please visit www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=689860094462336.
Wes Moore and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Photo credit: Steven Presbury.
Wes and Dawn Moore. Photo credit: Steven Presbury.
Prudential’s Mary Rood and Mark Grier, Robert Clark, Wes Moore and Prudential’s Chuck Sevola. Photo credit: Steven Presbury.
CÎROC Military Ambassador and US Marine Corps Captain Christopher Minaya, Naya Evans and CÎROC Ambassador Ke’Shawn Forbes. Photo credit: Alex Acosta.
Award Recipients Robert Clark, Wes Moore, Codi Chavis, Angelique Smith, Tyson Sanford-Griffin, Mark Grier, Lou Oberndorf, Kristina Berdan, Christopher Minaya and Susan Wright. Photo credit: Alex Acosta.