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JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation to hold inaugural weekend gala

Alicia Keys will perform after the blackjack tournament.

Jay Z

To benefit his Shawn Carter Foundation, JAY-Z will host an inaugural gala at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, on Nov. 15. The event will include silent and live auctions and a blackjack tournament with a $100,000 buy-in, which JAY-Z will participate in, with a $500,000 jackpot for the winner.

Attendees can also spend $40,000 on a package that grants them VIP access for the weekend event. Additionally, Alicia Keys will perform on Nov. 16 in a live concert that hotel website describes as “an intimate one-time-only performance.”

While the gala will be a star-studded event, with artists like Meek Mill, Rihanna and Beyoncé expected to attend, fans can purchase tickets to see Keys’ performance on Nov. 16. Tickets are currently available through the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

JAY-Z launched the Shawn Carter Foundation with his mother, Gloria Carter, in 2003. The foundation offers multiple programs with educational opportunities for low-income students, such as the Scholarship Fund, College Prep, International Exchange and Study Abroad, Community and Goodwill programs and the Annual HBCU Bus Tour.

“Equipping our youth with the tools to succeed will always be a priority for me and my family,” JAY-Z said in a press statement about the gala. “I’m looking forward to continuing that mission at this year’s Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend, where we’ll celebrate our scholars and continue to support young people in a meaningful way.”

Profits from the gala weekend will go toward the Shawn Carter Foundation programs.

News of the gala follows JAY-Z’s previously announced Annual HBCU College Bus Tour, in partnership with Toyota. The billionaire rapper teamed up with the car company to launch the latest Shawn Carter Foundation effort, which gives students the yearly opportunity to travel the country and tour historically black colleges.

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