Hollywood producer, talent executive and highly respected philanthropist Robi Reed is an idol to many people in her community. A woman responsible for the careers of several well known actors today, Ms. Reed has produced movies that will always have an impact on how Black Americans are seen in Hollywood.
On her 11th anniversary for her foundation "Reed For Hope," her annual event, "Sunshine Beyond Summer" – The Day Party With A Purpose, brings together her family, friends and associates to party for a worthy cause. She raises funds for health related issues within the community concerning cancer, diabetes, sickle cell, HIV/AIDS and is an advocate for supporting women and children’s health initiatives. The event started as a party for Reed and her friends to get together every year and has blossomed into one of the most talked about gatherings for the summer.
Reed For Hope partnered this year with The Kess Agency, Nike, Walgreens, Red Bull, Bling H2O and OraQuick- a new at home HIV testing kit currently for sale in Walgreens franchises across the country. The event was held at honoree Jamie Foxx's estate and hosted by Eva Marcille and Wendy Raquel Robinson.
Many celebrities that came out this year included Tatyana Ali, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Terry Crews, Vanessa Williams, Eva Marcille, Kevin McCall, Glynn Turner, Shaun Robinson, Rolanda Watts, MC Lyte, Naturi Naughton and Leslie Berger.
Other celebrity figures honored this year was Ndamukong Suh “Ray of Hope Award,” Kimberly Steward, “Beacon of Light 2013,″ Dr. Rachael Ross “Ambassador,” Keri Hilson “Ambassador,” and Earvin “Magic” & Cookie Johnson “Beacon of Light 2013.″