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Operation Hope Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 136 (2)Ambassador Andrew Young, supermodel and humanitarian Petra Nemcova, John Hope Bryant and friends


What an incredible and historic day in the Harlem community this was, back in October, 2007, with the opening of the Operation HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center, Harlem.  The opening was attended by hundreds of leaders and dignitaries, from government, community and the private sector, along with celebrities such as philanthropist, businesswoman and supermodel Petra Nemcova, who just this weekend held a fundraiser and awards ceremony in NYC for her own charity, the Happy Hearts Fund, where my other mentor, Quincy Jones (also the 5MK co-chair for HOPE), was honored.  Bravo Harlem, bravo Lance Triggs and the Harlem HOPE Center team, and bravo to my friend Petra, who is making a real difference in our world.

A special thank you to our signature HOPE Center Harlem partners, E TRADE Financial and JP Morgan Chase, and Harlem local Carver Federal Savings Bank, and its CEO (and my friend) Debbie Wright, without whom our work in Harlem would not have been possible.

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