Room to Read, a global non-profit that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children® held their annual New York gala last night at The High Line Hotel with honorees, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chairman and CEO of Combs Enterprises and David M. Solomon, President and Co-COO of Goldman Sachs as well as performer, Faith Evans in attendance. The evening brought the New York financial and business community together with the entertainment industry to raise $2.8 million which will support 56,000 children on Room to Read’s programs in literacy and girls’ education, it was announced last night by Scott Kapnick, Room to Read board chair and event chair and Sonny Kalsi, event chair. Faith Evans closed the evening with a performance of several songs in tribute to the honorees.
Combs was presented with the Superhero Award for his commitment to world change through education. Combs has a diverse portfolio of businesses and investments covering the music, fashion, fragrance, beverage, marketing, film, television, and media industries. Combs is the co-founder of Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, a free, public charter school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City which serves grades 6–12 with a year-round, college preparatory education.
"There comes a time in your life when you look for what your purpose is,” said Combs. “This is part of my purpose - to fight for the kids who can't fight for themselves...to fight for them to receive the education they need to take destiny into their own hands and define their future."