Lil Jon, Trevor Noah Among Honorees at 2019 Pencils of Promise Gala

Lil Jon in the field with Pencils of Promise during the build of his schools in Ghana.
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Lil Jon in the field with Pencils of Promise during the build of his schools in Ghana.

Lil Jon, Trevor Noah, social charity community Karmagawa are the honorees at this year’s Pencils of Promise (PoP) gala Nov. 4 in NYC, Billboard can exclusively reveal.   

The "Pencils of Promise Gala: An Evolution Within" will celebrate a handful of heroes for their efforts in supporting PoP’s cause.

Grammy-winning hip-hop star Lil Jon is recognized for his work in opening a second school in Mafi Atitekpo, Ghana, last year, which now boasts 300 children enrolled. “I’ve been involved with PoP – both building schools in Ghana with them and attending their annual gala – for years now. They do incredible work, and for them to honor me this year is amazing," Lil Jon says.

Trevor Noah, the South African-born host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, will be celebrated for his good work through The Trevor Noah Foundation, which has assisted disadvantaged youths in his homeland, and for his “dedication to global education” and distinguishing himself as “an advocate in this field.”

According to PoP, Karmagawa co-founders Timothy Sykes and Mattheau Abad have donated over $2 million through their innovative social charity network and have contributed to the construction of 30 schools with PoP. 

Also taking a bow is acclaimed street artist Kelsey Montague and photographer, skater and surfer, Evan Mock, who are named creative directors of the event, which will be held at Cipriani Wall Street.

“Our honorees have been among PoP’s most loyal and passionate supporters and strong advocates for advancing global education. We are beyond appreciative for their contributions to our efforts in evolving beyond the build and can’t wait to publicly honor their gracious devotion and celebrate with them at the Gala,” said Pencils of Promise CEO Tanya Ramos in a statement. “With the talents of Kelsey and Evan at the creative helm, the evening is sure to be epic,” she added.

The nonprofit Pencils of Promise is committed to providing quality education to people from all over, and has built over 500 schools since its inception in 2008. Today, its schools support upwards of 100,000 students across Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana. 

PoP was founded by Adam Braun, brother of talent manager Scooter Braun. Previous honorees and performers have included Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Usher, Gary Vaynerchuk, Malala Yousafzai and Scooter Braun. The 2019 event will, naturally, contribute to the organization’s efforts of improving access to quality education in impoverished spots.

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