Mark your calendars Philly! Thursday June 22, 2023 Change Our Future Foundation will hosts its 3rd Annual Sneaker Ball.
The Sneaker Ball is an important fundraiser to provide youth with back-to-school supplies for the upcoming school year.
A Foundation Of Promise
Change For Future is a non-profit organization founded by former Philadelphia Eagle and Super Bowl LII Champion Rodney McLeod and wife, Erika McLeod.
The mission of the organization is to remove barriers and labels placed on underserved communities. This is done by empowering people through education, advocacy and awareness.
Students of the organization experience engaging and challenging programs. Indeed such programs prepare them to become innovators of change and impactful leaders of tomorrow.
Cultural awareness and diverse experiences are front and center at Change Our Future to ensure equitable representation in areas of leadership, mentorship, literacy, healthy lifestyles and community enrichment.
Fashion Meets Philanthropy
The Sneaker Ball, now in its 3rd year, is an upscale, black-tie gala to support Change Our Future’s programs and initiatives. Presented by Wing Stop Charities and hosted by Emmy award-winning anchor/reporter Jason Martinez of Fox 29 News Philadelphia, this year’s sponsors include Aetna, Titos, Handmade Vodka, Community College of Philadelphia, J.P. Morgan, Eagles Charitable Foundation and more!
Featuring a one-of-a-kind pop-up sneaker museum, powered by Glausangeles, some of the rarest, classic, and exclusive sneakers donated by local boutiques will be showcased.
This year’s black-tie gala will feature not only an award ceremony but also luxury sneaker vendors and fashion entertainment.
The itinerary also includes a live and silent auction, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and celebratory cocktails. Lastly, attendees will delight in the Taste of Philadelphia experience and more!
The following recipients of the 2023 Game Changer Award include NFL Veteran, Activist and Entrepreneur Malcom Jenkins, Dr. David E. Thomas, Dr. Melanie Jackson, Actress and Singer Sherly Lee Ralph, and Senator Vincent Hughes.
A Party With A Purpose
“Our annual sneaker ball fundraiser is something we look forward to each year, says Erika McLeod, founder of Change Our Future. “It allows us to showcase who we are, what we have done, and the communities we have served over the years. It’s a special time to party for a purpose and not only continue but expand our foundation’s mission.”
Significantly, last year, Change Our Future’s 2nd Annual Sneaker Ball raised over $150,000. More than 200 sneakers and school supplies were donated to the Blue Babes Foundation and the Philadelphia Police Department.
“We are proud of the foundation’s significant growth over the past two years,” says Rodney McLeod, founder of Change Our Future. “Our goal to expand the foundation’s presence and its programs remain at the forefront. We rely greatly on our supporters to help advance the kind of change we look to see in the communities we serve.”
Attendees are asked to bring school supplies and a gently used pair of sneakers.
Unquestionably, Change Our Future will distribute all donations to several schools and organizations throughout Philadelphia. All proceeds will support Change Our Future’s 2024 programs and initiatives that directly impact youth and families in the community.
In summary, The Sneaker Ball will take place Thursday, June 22nd from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at Vie by Cescaphe.
Where: 600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130.