Brooklyn, New York
Contact: Karmia Berry
On Thursday, May 9, 2019, I AM C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D., Incorporated (IAC) hosted its 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala at 26 Bridge in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn, New York.
The 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala helped to raise funds for IAC programs, which promote self-empowerment and appreciation for cultural richness and diversity by creating young innovative global citizens, ages 15-18 to envision a life beyond their immediate communities while fulfilling personal and professional goals towards success. IAC seeks to reduce hate and discrimination by redefining social norms through cultural
immersion, education, travel and mentorship as tools to inspire and challenge students socially, intellectually and psychologically by advancing the organizational principal of being “C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D.” –
Confident, Unique, Leading, Tenacious, Unstoppable, Regal, Educated, Daring
In addition to providing funding for IAC programs, the gala will help to provide fundingvfor the IAC trip to the African nation of Ghana in 2019. IAC Founder & Executive Director Karmia A. Berry stated, “We are committed to improving the conditions of people who need assistance in Brooklyn and abroad, because
we believe that change does not stop at our borders.” Recently I AM C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D. in collaboration with Project Hygiene came together to help address Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean. “IAC made a monetary contribution to Puerto Rico and our members traveled to St.Maarten/St.Martin to distribute goods at the Philipsburg Methodist Church,” said Berry. “Our Annual Gala helps IAC to be impactful and we deeply appreciate every individual contribution.” Of the 200+ attendees was Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who presented Founder and Executive Director Berry with a Proclamation and a commitment of $5,000 in support for FY2019 and FY2020. Also in attendance was New York State Senator Kevin Parker who acknowledged the event and the honorees with a Senate Resolution
commending them for their impact to their local as well as the global community. “If these young people leave college only knowing people who look like them, talk like them, walk and eat the same food as them, listen to the same music, that’s a Shakespearean tragedy because the globe is opening up and our young people need to explore that globe.” said Borough President Eric Adams. I AM C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D., Incorporated (IAC) is a New York based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since their founding in 2017, IAC has partnered with Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School and successfully completed two cultural series culminating with trips to Cuba and Belize respectively.