Canada Honored, Abraham Pleased

Geoffrey Canada and Denzel Washington (photo credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)

Harlem was represented very well at this past Monday’s gala event for the Steve Harvey Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street. Harlem Children’s Zone’s Geoffrey Canada was among the honorees (alongside State Farm’s Pamela El and two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington). The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the organization, which provides mentoring for young men raised in single-mother households. Canada was praised for his work with the youth of Harlem.

Collin Abraham, owner of Harlem’s Pollen Nation Events and Floral (11 E. 125th Street), provided the floral arrangements for the event. “It was a whirlwind,” says the floral designer to the stars, “but I am pleased we were a part of an event honoring such important work.” The floral arrangements consisted of elaborate centerpieces of purple hydrangeas, white roses and white cymbidium orchids, as well as enormous urns of white spirea branches flanking the stage.

the table setting, including Pollen Nations floral arrangements (photo credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)

Guests included Common, Sherri Shepard, Toni Braxton (who performed), Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Robin Roberts (who hosted the event), Deborah Lee and Malik Yoba.