New York Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond will celebrate the launch of his most recent charitable effort this weekend in Manhattan. The Walter Thurmond Foundation for Arts and Education promotes youth literacy and goal-setting, and benefits disadvantaged young people.
“Thurmond’s foundation works in partnerships with other non-profit organizations to empower inner-city youth, and promotes programs in sports, fashion, film, and art,” according to the organization’s website.
On August 29, Thurmond will host a red carpet fundraising event at Shadow Boxers (215 W. 40th St.) at 7 p.m. to celebrate the foundation’s launch. The elegant soirée will welcome the NFL player’s teammates, New York Knicks players, hip-hop artist Fabolous, VH1 "Hollywood Exes" star Nicole Murphy, as well as other specially invited guests. The chic event will also feature a silent auction, a hosted bar provided by Nicole Murphy’s Destiny Moscato, and passed hors d’oeuvres. An after party for VIP guests will be held on a private yacht for an unforgettable experience.
Donations will be accepted throughout the event, and benefit the United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC, an initiative that aims to double the number of children reading on grade level by third grade in 10 of NYC’s toughest neighborhoods, Pros for Africa, a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization based in Oklahoma City that encourages professionals of all fields to share what they know, have and create with the children of Africa, and Impact Repertory Theater, a Harlem-based performing arts company for the many kids who have entered its walls. The company provides a safe space where they can explore their full potential without fear of stigma, ridicule or recrimination.