Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon to Honor Hometown Hip Hop Legend and Business Leader, Pay Tribute to WCBS Channel 2 News Reporter

September 5th, 2023 Mount Vernon, NY – The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon will honor the music of the late former Mount Vernon resident Heavy D and Hip Hop star Ludacris’ manager and Club Alumni Jeff Dixon at their Annual Fall Gala on Thursday, September 21st starting at 6:00pm at the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, New York.

The Club will recognize Heavy D and The Boyz with the Hip Hop Legend Award and honor Jeff Dixon, Manager of Hip Hop star Ludacris with their Alumni Award, as part of the 50 year celebration of Hip Hop. The Club will also present board member Lisa Giuffra Diaz, Managing Partner at Turf Advisory with their  Club Leadership Award, and Jenae Brown with the Annual Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Youth of the Year Award. Brown will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Club.  The program will  feature a tribute to Elise Finch, the late Meteorolgist with CBS Channel 2 News. Finch was a long-time supporter of the Club.

“We are pleased and proud to present our annual awards to a truly special group of honorees this year, who represent leaders from our past, present and future.” said Mel Campos, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. “It is very gratifying to see the tradition of mentorship continue today through the involvement of our Board, our Youth of the Year, and the people who have been there to support us when we needed them over the years.”

”This year’s Gala will honor leaders who come from such a wide variety of fields who have all had a tremendous impact on our youth at the Club.” said Rob Potack, President, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Unitex. “We look forward to seeing old friends from our community and meeting new ones, as we celebrate these leaders for their contributions in helping us to Build Great Futures for our youth.”

The event will include a celebration of the honorees, a Hip Hop themed performance by the Mount Vernon-based youth dance troupe the Revelators, dinner by the bite and a silent auction. To reserve seats or for more information about sponsorship and donations, visit or contact Jay Andronaco, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Director of Development at 914.668.9580 or direct at 203.415.9336, email .