BCNY Clubhouse Director Richard Dauphin Performs at Annual Concert & Coat Drive Helping Those In Need
WBLS and WLIB on-air personality Liz Black hosted a free concert and coat drive at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem on Monday, December 16 to benefit those-in-need. The annual event, which featured a music performance by BCNY’s Gerry Clubhouse Director Richard Dauphin, partnered with shelters and halfway houses throughout the tri-state area–and was inspired by Ms. Black’s past hardships. According to a recent appearance on WABC’s Here and Now with Sandra Bookman, the impetus behind the event was Ms. Black’s 8-year struggle out of high school where she started modeling, became involved with the wrong crowd, and ended up on drugs. “I didn’t understand my value,” she shared. “I think sometimes those that are out there need to be appreciated, know that they still have opportunities and that there’s hope.”
Richard, who’s become good friends with Ms. Black over the years, was personally invited by her to perform. In case you didn’t know, Richard moonlights as a Hip-Hop entertainer and uses his talents to communicate his faith and heart to audiences across the nation. He has dedicated his love for music to reaching, impacting, and inspiring others through song.
In a heartwarming gesture, as Richard was being introduced, Ms. Black generously shared, “If you are here to receive a coat–and want to join the Boys’ Club of New York–I will sponsor your child.” She ended up agreeing to pay for the memberships of 15 potential new BCNY members! In all, the evening was a beautiful compilation of uplifting music, top-notch performances, and charity–exemplifying the spirit of hope and giving–and the true meaning of the holiday season.