Cadillac was a sponsor for Russell Simmons’ 15th Annual Art For Life Gale in The Hamptons.
Guests of the American automotive manufacturer drove their various vehicles like the Escalade, ELR and CTS from New York City to The Hamptons.
While in The Hamptons, famed journalist and philanthropist Susan L. Taylor, who lives in the famous African-American community in The Hamptons in called Azurest, hosted a Cadillac Conversations luncheon at her home.
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Taylor is now founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. Vivian Pickard, President of General Motors Foundation, presented a check for $25,000 to Taylor on behalf of the GM Foundation. Pickard shared that General Motors only gets involved in events that meets one of their four principle elements: Education, Health & Human Services, Environment/Safety and Economic Empowerment. Clearly Art For Life meets that mission.
“GM is a company that’s committed to making a difference in our communities across the country. We realize there’s a need from the educational perspective to develop the needs of the kids and parents in the African American community. When you educate one person in the household, you educate the entire family and help change that community,” she explained.
Taylor, the former Editor in Chief of Essence magazine, challenged each of us to get involved in mentoring in our respective communities.
“Go back to your respective cities and get involved in the mentoring that is needed,” she requested. “There’s three million being mentored and 15 million waiting.”
Check out photos from Cadillac Conversations at Taylor’s home below. Special thanks to Jocelyn K. Allen, Director of Regional, Grassroots & Diversity Communications and Director of Diversity Marketing and Communications Center of Excellence; and to Andrea V. Taylor of GM Diversity Communications for a wonderful weekend in The Hamptons. All photos courtesy of General Motors and shot by Kenny Rodriguez for Cadillac.
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