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From young to seasoned, Lady Like Foundation shut Beverly Hills down on May 11, 2019 for their 11th Annual, ‘Women of Excellence Luncheon”, hosted by Bounce Tv’s hit television series; Saints and Sinners, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway. Founded by Leah Cher Pump in 2007, LadyLike Foundation was created to “educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged inner-city communities.” Since its inception, this foundation has helped hundreds of young ladies receive funding for education, garner life skills and learn etiquette. Pump says; “I started this foundation on a mission to fulfill the purpose that God had for me. I saw a need here in the community and I wanted to help young women reach their goals and learn from other strong ladies, how to be a lady”. The luncheon was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in the heart of the 90210. The Women of Excellence Luncheon honor’s Lady’s in the community who exemplify the standard of being “Lady Like”, the 2019 Honoree’s included American Idol Winner; Jordin Sparks, The Marjorie, and Steve Harvey Foundation; Marjorie Harvey; A Wrinkle In Time actress; Storm Reid and Carrie Odell.

A-list stars hit the red carpet from Hip-Hop heiresses Vanessa Simmons (Daughter of Hip-Hop legend Run from Run DMC) to Jessie and D’Lila (Daughters of Diddy and the late Kim Porter) and Chance Combs (Daughter of Diddy and Sarah Chapman) to Cali Taylor (Daughter of The Game) to “Living By Design”, star Jazz Smollet-Warwell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Martin Lawrence and Diddy. Simmons says that; “LadyLike Foundation has been serving the community well. Young girls have the opportunity to make their dreams come true by learning the fundamentals of integrity and class. They get to further their education and use what they have learned to help the next generation.”

During the luncheon, 11 young ladies were awarded scholarships for their academic excellence and achievements in high school. One young lady; Aramoni Shanelle Gumbs received the award of a lifetime and left not one dry eye in the room. Gumbs who lost her family and is currently in foster care arrived at the luncheon via 3 buses from the Crenshaw neighborhood just to attend the event. Despite life’s obstacles Gumbs has managed to maintain a 3.7 GPA and will be attending Bakerfield College in the Fall of 2019. Her compelling story led Honoree Marjorie Harvey to not only offer her a ride back home personally but along with her husband offer to pay for Aramoni’s education in full. Harvey said; “This is what it’s all about. Paying it forward and making sure that no one gets left behind. It would be my pleasure for myself and my husband to pay for your 2nd year, 3rd year or how many years we need to until you complete school.” This foundation is making huge strides in across the country and Pump is elated to expand to other communities across the United States and abroad; “ I want to go nationwide and have chapters all over. We have already reached internationally in West Africa and plan to go further. I’m just open to what God has for me and his plan for this vision.”

Storm Reid accepts the Women of Excellence Award onstage

Vanessa Bell Calloway speaks onstage

The LadyLike girls walk

The LadyLike scholarship recipients

 

 

All images provided by The LadyLike Foundation