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Jamie Foxx Joins Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Fundraiser June 25

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Honoree Eugene Profit – photo by Jim Johnson

Grammy and Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx will join the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation as it honors investment manager Eugene A. Profit, CEO of Profit Investment Management, at its fourth annual Gala Luncheon. The triple-threat entertainer will introduce the honoree at the event on Saturday, June 25 at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton. Celebrity spinner DJ M.O.S. will take to the tables at the benefit, which is hosted by CBS2 News Anchor Maurice DuBois and sponsored by J.P. Morgan, ONEX and BET Networks.

Leslie Lewis Sword - photo by Joe Craig Black Label

Leslie Lewis Sword - photo by Joe Craig Black Label


“We are thrilled to have the talented Jamie Foxx joining us,” said event Chair Leslie Lewis Sword, who is also Lewis’s daughter. “He’s such a superstar, and adds the perfect level of Hollywood glam to our Wall Street crowd.”


The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, named after the first black person to build a billion-dollar business, will hold its fourth annual Gala Luncheon on Saturday, honoring  former NFL player and investment manager Eugene A. Profit, who built his company from $100,000 to $2 billion in assets under management.


The event is being chaired by Lewis’s daughter, actress Leslie Lewis Sword. She’s pulled together a committee consisting of a younger generation of supporters; she and they represent the new face of philanthropy. The event raises money for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (The Lewis) in Baltimore, the largest of its kind on the East Coast.

Each year, the Foundation bestows the Reginald F. Lewis Award to an African-American entrepreneur who achieved international business success before the age of 50, as Lewis did. Lewis led the largest leveraged buyout of the 1980s to become the first African American to build a billion-dollar company.

“Reginald F. Lewis was the Jackie Robinson of the finance world, breaking into the highly selective world of high finance,” said Lewis’s widow Loida Nicolas Lewis, legendary chair of the occasion. “His accomplishments should be a page in the financial history books of the United States.”


Reginald F. Lewis photo by Gregory Heisler

“We are thrilled this year to honor Eugene Profit, whose achievements bring the legacy of Reginald F. Lewis into the 21st century,” said event Chair Leslie Lewis Sword, Lewis’s daughter and foundation board member. “Eugene joins an elite group of African American achievers on Wall Street and in business that the Foundation has helped showcase to the world through this award.”

A former NFL player with the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins, Profit started Profit Investment Management with $100,000 and has since grown the company to an impressive $2 billion in assets under management.  “Reginald F. Lewis was an inspiration to me as I started my entrepreneurial life and provided an example of the possibilities I could achieve,” said Profit. “I am deeply honored to be chosen for this award and to follow in the footsteps of a man who, in addition to being a great businessman, was equally dedicated in his philanthropic work for others and to his family.”

Tickets are $550 for the 12:30 pm fundraiser, which is produced by Sharon Lopez of Purple Giraffe Productions, with event and floral design by Jerry Sibal Design Fusion. For more info, please visit

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