Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston, respected and seasoned entertainment and sports industry insider, brought Hollywood to Philadelphia with his 8th Annual Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend. With a portion of the weekend proceeds benefiting local non-profit, The Charlie Mack Cares Center, this weekend of events attracted many stars from Will Smith to Tyrese Gibson, a host of other actors and actresses, athletes: Michael Vick, Raheem Brock,Rasheed Wallace, entertainment figures and music heavy-hitters-Kenny Gamble, Rodney Jerkins, Kalenna of Diddy’s Dirty Money.
Beginning on Friday (July 22nd), Mack appropriately welcomed the celebrities to his hometown of Philadelphia with a private dinner, where actor Alan Payne of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne celebrated his birthday with a portion of the celebrities in town for the positive weekend of events. Actress Elise Neal tweeted thanks to Mack and Keystone Mercy for the kick-off dinner event.
With actresses Jill Marie Jones and Elise Neal, actors Allen Payne, Terry Crews and wife Rebecca, Affion Crockett, and other all-stars, Mack ventured on a city-wide “Good Will” tour visiting juvenile detention centers, speaking to incarcerated teens, empowering them to do better for their future.
Following the “Good Will Tour”, Charlie and Celebrities joined representatives of Keystone Mercy for the ribbon cutting opening of the Bible Way Playground where they reinforced that children deserve the opportunity to enjoy ther youth. Soon after, they visited the location of The Charlie Mack Cares Foundation, formerly OMNI-a once popular space. The building purchase was funded by Will & Jada Pinkett Smith.
They then joined 200 parents and adolscents for a motivational luncheon at the Yesha Center where Philadelphia Easles Wide Receiver-Jason Avant, The Crews’, Toccarra, Breasha Wolford, and Allen Payne.
Charlie Mack’s Talented Teens competition was a platform showcase for teens ages 13-19 from Philadelphia and surrounding areas where they had the opportunity to perform for Super Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Singer/Songwriter Kalenna of Diddy’s Dirty Money, iForTalent’s CEO Amber Noble and Ultimate Merger’s Tocarra Jones and scholarship gifts. BET’s 106 & Park’s Terrence J hosted the event and America’s Best Dance Crew’s Iconic Boys gave fans an energetic performace with Lil Mama. Mack gave the talent competition attendees the ultimate surprise when he introduced Will Smith. Smith remained for the duration of the competition offering words of encouragement and wisdom to young and old. Another highlight of the evening was Smith increasing the scholarship award amounts to the competition winners to total $15,000.
Sunday (July 24th), the annual Health Hoops event & Asthma screenings was held at Philadelphia’s own St. Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena where Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick, Seahawks Defensive End Raheem Brock, Actor/Artist/Author Tyrese Gibson, actors Chico Benymon and Terry Crews and Rebecca Crews, and more attended, playing basketball and speaking to the youth about the importance of maintaining health.
Continuing with the jam packed day, “Streets”, a film produced and directed by Charlie Mack, Todd Wolfe, and Jamal Hill, set to premiere with a star-studded red carpet, including Will Smith, who came to support the youth and upcoming cast. The cast includes Meek Mill, Chico Benymon, Trey Cheyney, Nafessa Williams, Matt Wolfe, Omillio Sparks, Marvin G., Gilly Da Kid, and Lou Williams. Tyrese, Affion Crockett, Tocarra Jones, Elise Neal, Jill Marie Jones and the legendary Kenny Gamble and wife graced the carpet as well.
The weekend came to a close with a fashion show of unique creations hosted by Lisa Raye. A nice addition to the various model lineups was Kai Morae, Lisa Raye’s daughter, who modeled five fabulous looks throughout the event.
[Photo Credit: Whitney Thomas & Tiny]