Grammy and Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx will join the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation as it honors investment manager Eugene A. Profit, CEO of Profit Investment Management, at its fourth annual Gala Luncheon. The triple-threat entertainer will introduce the honoree at the event on Saturday, June 25 at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton. Celebrity spinner DJ M.O.S. will take to the tables at the benefit, which is hosted by CBS2 News Anchor Maurice DuBois and sponsored by J.P. Morgan, ONEX and BET Networks.
“We are thrilled to have the talented Jamie Foxx joining us,” said event Chair Leslie Lewis Sword, who is also Lewis’s daughter. “He’s such a superstar, and adds the perfect level of Hollywood glam to our Wall Street crowd.”
A former NFL player with the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins, Profit started Profit Investment Management in 1996 with $100,000 and has since grown the company to an impressive $2 billion in assets under management. He will join the ranks of past honorees Sean Combs, prominent entertainment lawyer L. Londell McMillan and real estate mogul R. Donahue Peebles in receiving the Reginald F. Lewis Award, which is presented to an African-American entrepreneur who achieved international business success before the age of 50, as Lewis did. Lewis led the largest leveraged buyout of the 1980s to become the first African American to build a billion-dollar company.
The Foundation will bestow the Millennium Member Award to Harvard Law School Bussey Professor Emeritus Frank E. A. Sander in recognition of the key role he played in Lewis’s career. Sander was the Harvard Law School professor who, in 1965, was one of several faculty members who taught a summer law program for students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), attended by Lewis. Upon observing Lewis’s stellar performance in the program, Sander was instrumental in persuading the director of admissions of the law school to admit Lewis even though he had not filed an application for admission or taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
The Gala Luncheon will raise funds toward a $1 million endowment challenge grant from The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation designed to ensure the continuation of the vital work of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Located in Lewis’s hometown of Baltimore, the museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest African-American museum on the East Coast.
The event is additionally sponsored by Ariel Investments, GenNx360 Capital Partners, Belvedere and Y Interact.
Tickets are $550 for the 12:30 pm fundraiser, which is produced by Sharon Lopez of Purple Giraffe Productions, with event and floral design by Jerry Sibal Design Fusion. To attend or sponsor the benefit, please visit www.reginaldflewis.com.