Jay Z To Host Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Featuring Rihanna, Meek Mill, and Alicia Keys


Jay Z is set to host the inaugural gala in Hollywood, Fla., at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel on November 15th. The event will include silent and live auctions and a Black Jack tournament with a $100,000 buy in, which Jay Z will participate in.

Everyone attending can also spend $40,000 on a package that grants them VIP access for the weekend event. Grammy Award Winning artist Alicia Keys will perform Nov. 16 in a live concert. The hotel described it as “an intimate one-time-only performance.

Some of the stars on the guest list are Beyonce’, Rihanna, and Meek Mill. Fans can purchase tickets to see Alicia’s performance on Nov. 16. Tickets are available currently through Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Jay Z launched the foundation in 2003 with his mother, Gloria Carter. The foundation offers multiple programs with educational opportunities for low-income students such as The Scholarship Fund, College Prep, International Exchange and Study Abroad, Community and Goodwill Programs, and the annual HBCU Bus Tour. 

“Equipping our youth with the tools to succeed will always be a priority for me and my family,” Jay Z said in a press statement about the gala. “I’m looking forward to continuing that mission of this year’s Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend, where we’ll celebrate our scholars and continue to support young people in meaningful way.”

Profits from the gala weekend will go toward the Shawn Carter Foundation programs. News of the gala follows Jay Z’s previously announced Annual HBCU College Bus Tour, in partnership with Toyota. The billionaire rapper teamed up with the car company to launch the latest Shawn Carter Foundation effort, which gives students the yearly opportunity to travel the country and tour historically black colleges.