Playing drum set Friday November 1 with music director Mark Cross’ band at the Brotherhood Crusade 45 Year Celebration honoring Mark Ridley-Thomas in Beverly Hills. Mark Cross’ band will be the preliminary entertainment at the start of the celebration.
Funk Icons, Morris Day and the Time, will headline the Brotherhood Crusade’s annual gala this year on November 1, which marks the organization’s 45th anniversary. This year Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley- Thomas, will receive the Bremond Bakewell Award for “establishing new benchmarks for success and achievement,” according BC President/ CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver. Ridley- Thomas, an elected official for more than 20 years has forged beyond the ordinary leadership paradigm in his efforts to address the problems of underserved communities in Los Angeles, she said. “The country has marveled at his accomplishments as a preeminent civil rights leader and politician in the fight to provide affordable, quality healthcare to underserved individuals,” Bremond Weaver said in a statement released earlier this week. “He has also been at the forefront of the battle to open the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.”
Ridley-Thomas won election to the Los Angeles City Council in 1991. In 2002, he began the first of two terms in the state Senate. In 2008, he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the Second District. As a city council member, Ridley-Thomas created the Empowerment Congress to give residents a voice in decision-making; he is considered the father of the Neighborhood Council movement. He is also a leader in the effort to add a transit station to the rail line that will travel along Crenshaw Boulevard to the airport, which will improve transportation and create tens of thousands of jobs.
“During his many years of service, Ridley-Thomas and the Brotherhood Crusade have stood on the same side of issues, as they fought to make life better for their constituents,” said a BC spokesperson. Said Ridley Thomas, “The Brotherhood Crusade’s role in bettering our community and improving lives is well-documented, and to be honored by such an organization leaves me with a sense of deep satisfaction.”
Meanwhile, BC officials gala attendees to gear up for a fun night as, “the man who put the ‘C’ in ‘cool’ will bring the funk and fun with oldies like, ‘What Time is it?’ and ‘Cool,’” they said.
Mark Cross Band
The Brotherhood Crusade 45th Anniversary Gala
Friday, November 1, 2013
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210