HONORING PHILANTHROPY: Minnesota Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris (l) and Allan L. Cole Sr. (r), Midwest director of urban promotion for J Records, present Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly with the Napoleon Harris Foundation Philanthropy Award during the foundation’s celebrity gala and fundraiser at the Chicago Marriott Hotel. In 2003, before Nelly lost his sister Jackie Donahue to her battle with leukemia, he and Donahue formed Jes Us 4 Jackie, a nationwide marrow donor drive recruitment campaign, which was conducted through Nelly’s nonprofit 4Sho4Kids Foundation. A donor drive in St. Louis made history as the most successful Black bone marrow registry drive, having drawn more than 1,200 people (JET, Sept. 13, 2004). Harris, who grew up in Harvey, IL, and his foundation’s executive director, Lisa Strohman, believe not only is it important to give back to the young community, but also to celebrate the accomplishments of those who give willingly to others. “Our mission is to provide programs that address the educational, social and physical needs of our children and their families,” Harris explained. “It’s about raising money for the kids to better their education.”
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