Our Youth Matters gala and comedy show to benefit Raleigh youth

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Our Youth Matters, a Raleigh-based nonprofit, will host two star-studded fundraising events on August 27, starting at 4:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public with proceeds benefiting Raleigh youth.

Our Youth Matters, a Raleigh-based nonprofit, will host two star-studded fundraising events on August 27, starting at 4:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public, with proceeds going to Our Youth Matters, which provides academic support, cultural enrichment and leadership development opportunities for Raleigh youth.

The 3rd Annual Gala and Fundraiser, hosted by Radio One’s Brian Dawson, will honor community heroes and feature North Carolina Senator Wiley Nickels as keynote speaker. The gala will honor the following local changemakers:

  • Chief Estella D. Patterson, Raleigh Police
  • District Attorney Nancy Lorrin Freeman, Wake County
  • Judge Sam Hamidani, Wake County District Court
  • Judge Ned Mangum, Wake County District Court
  • Brigadier General Voris W. McBurnette, USAR
  • Circle of Sisters Doctors, WakeMed

The event will also honor the following NPHC organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Alpa Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. The gala will take place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (2 E. South St). The red carpet will begin at 4:30 p.m., doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the gala will begin at 6:00 p.m.

After the gala, guests can join the nonprofit at the Fletcher Opera Theater inside the Duke Energy Center for The Dream Team of Comedy Legends. Presented by Our Youth Matters founder Robert Mitchener, all proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization. The show, hosted by Brian Dawson, will feature the following comedians:

  • Brian Hooks
  • Rock
  • Michale Colyar
  • Shucky Duck
  • Chris Thomas
  • honest jeans

“We look forward to welcoming the community to either of these great events,” said Robert Mitchener. “With the support of our honorees, comedians and star guests, Our Youth Matters will continue to provide our city’s young people with the guidance and support they deserve.”

While working with troubled adults and youth, Mitchener devised an intervention and prevention program, which became known as Our Youth Matters. Since its inception, Our Youth Matters has grown exponentially by providing academic support, cultural enrichment and leadership development opportunities to participants. Mitchener continues to lead the organization as it expands its unique programming for youth and their families.

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