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Meek Mill, Jay-Z Host Reform Alliance's Casino Night Fundraiser For Criminal Justice

A first-time fundraising event of its kind took place last weekend thanks to some familiar stars.

Reform Casino Night Meek Mill

The Casino Night event at Ocean Casino and Resort in Atlantic City hosted by REFORM Alliance co-chairs Michael Rubin, Meek Mill and Jay-Z raised a whopping $24 million, which promises to “impact the criminal justice system at large," according to a press release.

Million Dollaz Worth of Game host, Wallo, shared his thought-provoking story on-stage, along with emcee, Kevin Hart, as he called on some of the nation’s biggest stars to think deeply about the evening’s cause, and how it impacts the Black community overall.

Reform Casino Night Michael Rubin, Jay-Z and Matthew McConaughey

Stories of broken probation, parole policies and how REFORM changed the game were loud and proud from folks, including Pam Sedia, James Severe and Marcella, whose stories were shared in a video.

Superstars decked out in the finest attire participated in a Blackjack tournament, dinner program and live auction. REFORM Alliance founding Board members, which include Clara Wu Tai and Mike Novogratz and Robert Rooks, were joined by the likes of Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Harlow, Fabolous, Jayson Tatum, Quavo, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, PJ Tucker, La La Anthony, Alex Rodriguez, Jalen Rose, Gary Vaynerchuck, Fat Joe, French Montana, Dez Bryant, Tobias Harris, Ella Mai, Ne-Yo, Lil Kim, Gayle King, Taylor Rooks, Josie Conseco, Chantel Jeffries, Camille Fishel and Kevin O’Leary, among many other A-listers from the world of sports, entertainment, and business.

Reform Casino Night Kevin Hart

All of the evening’s guests were able to witness the final Blackjack hand on stage, which culminated in $1 million awarded to Andrew Goldberg, who is the managing partner of the TAO Group. He announced a $750,000 donation from his winnings to support REFORM Alliance’s work.

Amid the evening’s dinner program, Reform’s CEO, Rooks, as well as Reform’s Chief Advocacy and Operations Officer, Jessica Jackson, thanked the guests in attendance and their help in tackling one of the defining social and economic issues of Black folk’s time. Those two also highlighted how the organization focuses on public safety solutions, which has helped propel 17 bipartisan bills in 11 states, creating pathways for close to 700,000 people who need to make the transition out of the justice system and toward more fruitful lives.

Check out more photos from the event below.

Photo Credit: Alex Subers/Shareif Ziyadat

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