WASHINGTON — Life hasn’t been a “crystal stair” for 11-time Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter and vocalist, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds; however, he has ascended to unparalleled heights in the music industry and giving back to causes he cherishes most. The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will honor Edmonds for his achievements at its 14th annual Uncommon Height Gala in Washington, D.C., Friday, November 13.
The Uncommon Height Gala black-tie event will celebrate 80 years of visionary work in fostering the growth and development of women, children and families throughout the world. Held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 6:30 p.m., the event will be emceed by the nationally recognized radio personality Donnie Simpson and feature entertainment by comedian Jonathan Slocumb and the dynamic Valerie Simpson, from the legendary duo, Ashford & Simpson. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company are this year’s corporate sponsors.
“We are pleased to honor Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with the 14th Uncommon Height Award,” said the Honorable Alexis M. Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and co-chair of this year’s Uncommon Height Gala. “He is a more than a producer, songwriter and singer. He is a trailblazer, advocate and role model for the African American community and beyond.”
Holding more than 125 top 10 R&B and pop hits, Edmonds will receive the NCNW Uncommon Height Crystal Stair Award, which recognizes leaders from various industries who demonstrate a commitment to community service and excellence as exemplified in the spirit and tradition of Dr. Height. Past honorees of the award have included Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones.
“In the vein of our past honorees, Babyface has used his opportunities and blessings to uplift many others,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, NCNW chair. “His life’s work outside the music industry exemplifies his heart for helping humankind, which is what the Crystal Stair Award is all about.”
“The late Dr. Dorothy Height, former chair of NCNW, was one of Edmonds’ greatest champions,” said Dr. Thelma Daley, Gala co-chair. She was proud of the work he contributed to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Border Babies. She also helped him raise funds for the Washington, D.C.-based transitional home, The Little Blue House.”
In addition, Edmonds is a huge supporter of organizations that work in the areas of brain disorders, organ transplants, prostate cancer and childhood diabetes.
Tickets to the Uncommon Height Gala may be purchased individually or as a table of 10 online at http://www.ncnwgala.org. It is one of Washington, D.C.’s premiere events where many of the most notable African American politicians, business leaders, entertainers and media personalities attend.
Proceeds from the event will strengthen NCNW’s capacity to meet critical needs, empower women and forge new programs and partnerships for future generations.
For more information on the organization, visit http://www.ncnw.org.