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August 30, 2014, 6:19 am

Celebrities come to philly for good cause

Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee Will Smith is expected to return to his hometown this weekend along with his talented son Jaden.    

The famous father and son are scheduled to be presenters at Charlie Mack’s “I Will Be Great” Leaders Luncheon Awards Ceremony & Red Carpet, a marquee event at the Annual Charlie Mack’s Party for Peace Celebrity Weekend, taking place July 20–22.

Being held at Yesha Fellowship Hall, 2308 Snyder Ave. on July 20, the luncheon will be hosted by “Extra” correspondent A.J. Calloway and will honor Philadelphia’s Top Inner City Youth, ages 10-21.

The star-studded weekend will also feature appearances by Columbus Short of the hit ABC drama, “Scandal,” Regina Hall of the popular feature film “Think Like a Man” and Camden native Tasha Smith, star of the TBS sitcom “For Better or Worse” and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married.” Event highlights include:

Saturday, July 21

- Youth Study Center – an inspiring visit and conversation with “adjudicated” youth

   (hosted by Charlie Mack)

- Healthy Hoops Asthma Clinic & Education (You must register to attend.)

- Annual Charlie Mack Fashion Show

- White Party

Sunday, July 22

- Charlie Mack’s 2nd Annual Talented Teen 2012 Auditions

- Charlie Mack’s Love the Kids Luncheon

   (hosted by Jurnee Smollet, Rev. Run, Nia Long and Tony Rock)

- Charlie Mack’s 2nd Annual Talented Teens 2012 Finale

   (hosted by Faizon Love and Meagan Good)

   Judges: Tyrese, Elise Neal, Q Parker from “112” and JukeBox, producer of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair”

- Charlie Mack’s “Laugh4Peace” Comedy Show

   (hosted by Buck Wild)

   Performers: Alex Thomas, Chris Spencer, Melanie Comarcho, Sam Larkins and Lil Rel.

Motivated by the violence that surrounded him in his community, Alston established the Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend on July 7, 1990, with a celebrity basketball game. He has worked tirelessly to rid Philadelphia of the violence that plagues its neighborhoods, and uses the highly anticipated event as a means to that end. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit


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