This past weekend (September 30), REFORM Alliance hosted its first Casino Night Event at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, raising $24 million for criminal justice reform. Click inside to check out photos from the star-studded event!
Hosted by REFORM co-chairs Michael Rubin, Meek Mill, founding partner Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter,and emceed by Kevin Hart, the invite-only, black-tie event supported the work of REFORM Alliance, which works to transform the nation’s supervision system for nearly 4 million people on probation or parole into one that creates pathways to work and wellbeing, rather than a revolving door back to prison.
More than 250 VIPs descended upon Atlantic City for the night to hear about the incredible impact REFORM has had on communities since its founding 4+ years ago, including the stories of people impacted by broken probation and parole policies and those who have benefitted from the bipartisan laws REFORM has passed throughout the country. Three individuals impacted by the supervision system were in attendance: Pam Sedia, James Severe, and Marcella Soto, whose stories were shared via video at the event.
As part of the festivities, guests participated in a blackjack tournament, dinner program and live auction. REFORM Alliance founding Board Members Michael Rubin, Meek Mill, Jay-Z, Clara Wu Tsai and Mike Novogratz, and REFORM CEO Robert Rooks were joined by attendees including Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Harlow, Kevin Hart, Fabolous, Jayson Tatum, Quavo, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, PJ Tucker, La La Anthony, Alex Rodriguez, Jalen Rose, Gary Vaynerchuk, Fat Joe, French Montana, Dez Bryant, Tobias Harris, Ella Mai, Ne-Yo, Lil Kim, Gayle King, Taylor Rooks, Josie Canseco, Chantel Jeffries, Camille Fishel, and Kevin O’Leary, among other A-listers and executives from the worlds of sports, entertainment and business.
The evening’s final blackjack hand was played on-stage for all of the evening’s guests which culminated with a $1 million amount won being awarded to Andrew Goldberg, managing partner of TAO GROUP, who then announced a $750,000 donation from his winnings back to support REFORM Alliance’s work.
During the evening’s dinner program, REFORM’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Rooks, and REFORM’s Chief Advocacy and Operations Officer, Jessica Jackson, thanked the guests for their attendance for helping to confront one of the defining social and economic issues of our time. They also highlighted how the organization’s focus on public safety solutions has helped propel the passage of 17 bipartisan bills in 11 states, which have created pathways for nearly 700,000 people to transition out of the justice system and toward work, wellbeing and stability in their lives. The organization also hosts job and opportunity fairs, often in partnership with NBA teams throughout the country, and provides national and regional grants to organizations that provide services and solutions for people impacted by the criminal justice and supervision system.
The evening’s dinner program included an on-stage discussion between Million Dollaz Worth of Game host, Wallo and emcee, Kevin Hart. Wallo shared his firsthand experiences within the criminal justice system and why he works closely with REFORM to help transform the system. Following the dinner program, guests were able to bid on unique items donated by Tom Brady, George Condo, Rashid Johnson, and Jay-Z. Items included an original George Condo painting which sparked a bidding war between Kim Kardashian and Tom Brady, to a historic timepiece owned by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, and more. The auction items raised $7.8 million.
Following the live auction, guests headed into the after-party at Ocean’s Sportsbook, The Gallery, which featured a full D’USSE bar takeover with specialty cocktails and surprise performances by Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Fat Joe, Lil Durk, Quavo, French Montana, Fabolous and Romeo Santos.
Less than 0.01% of philanthropic giving is directed toward criminal justice reform. And because all REFORM administrative costs are covered by its board, 100% of the proceeds from the evening will be used for REFORM’s work to provide opportunity and stability to the millions of Americans on supervision and those re-entering community after incarceration, such as: bolstering REFORM’s efforts to change laws, expanding its grassroots operations into more states, supporting the implementation of laws it has already passed, convening fairs, and supporting community based organizations.
Salute to the REFORM team for all the work they’re doing!
Cards With The Stars: Jay-Z, Meek Mill & Michael Rubin Host REFORM Alliance’s Casino Night Gala was originally published on globalgrind.com
1. Fat Joe Rippin’ The StageSource:REFORM Alliance
2. Joey CrackSource:REFORM Alliance
3. Enjoying The VibesSource:REFORM Alliance
4. Meek Enjoying Fab’s PerformanceSource:REFORM Alliance
5. Michael Rubin & WifeySource:REFORM Alliance
6. Fab & French MontanaSource:REFORM Alliance
7. Going Up!Source:REFORM Alliance
8. French & Lil BabySource:REFORM Alliance
9. French Montana & Kyle KuzmaSource:REFORM Alliance
10. The Bestfriends Kim K & LalaSource:REFORM Alliance
11. Jayson Tatum, Jack Harlow & Kyle KuzmaSource:REFORM Alliance
12. Philly Legends Kevin Hart & WalloSource:REFORM Alliance
13. REFORM Co-Chair Meek MillSource:REFORM Alliance
14. Kim KSource:REFORM Alliance
15. 4PF BabySource:REFORM Alliance
16. LIl Baby Doing His ThingSource:REFORM Alliance
17. Gracing The StageSource:REFORM Alliance
18. Quavo!Source:REFORM Alliance
19. Matthew McConaughey & Kim KSource:REFORM Alliance
20. Travis & MatthewSource:REFORM Alliance
21. Meek Spittin’Source:REFORM Alliance
22. Immaculate VibesSource:REFORM Alliance
23. Jay-Z & Clara Wu TsaiSource:REFORM Alliance
24. The RubinsSource:REFORM Alliance
25. Blackjack TournamentSource:REFORM Alliance
26. PJ Tucker & Tiffany HaddishSource:REFORM Alliance
27. Michael Rubin With Lala & Kim KSource:REFORM Alliance
28. Taylor Rooks & Jack HarlowSource:REFORM Alliance
29. Let The Good Times RollSource:REFORM Alliance
30. Ballers, Rappers & MotivatorsSource:REFORM Alliance
31. Philadelphia 76ers PJ Tucker & Tobias HarrisSource:REFORM Alliance
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36. Getting Intense At The TableSource:REFORM Alliance
37. Tiffany & MatthewSource:REFORM Alliance
38. Tom Brady & Alex RodriguezSource:REFORM Alliance
39. An All-Star PerformanceSource:REFORM Alliance
40. Tom, Matt & TravisSource:REFORM Alliance
41. Through The RoofSource:REFORM Alliance
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43. TRAVIS & BABY!Source:REFORM Alliance
44. This Conversation Had To Be GoodSource:REFORM Alliance
45. Sheree Hovsepian and Rashid JohnsonSource:Getty
46. Angela Reed Oakley and Charles OakleySource:Getty
47. Michael Rubin & Jack HarlowSource:Getty
48. Angela RyeSource:Getty
51. Jalen Rose & Angela RyeSource:Getty
52. Tobias Harris & Wife Jasmine WintonSource:Getty
53. French Montana, Fabolous & Lenny SantiagoSource:Getty
54. Dez BryantSource:Getty
55. Meek Mill & Nadia Adongo FynnSource:Getty
56. Gail KimSource:Getty
57. Hov Enjoying The FestivitiesSource:Getty
58. Quavo & Tiffany HaddishSource:Getty
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