Youth performing arts organization The All Stars Project (ASP) held its annual gala celebrating the nonprofit’s 40th anniversary and raised a record-breaking $2.25 million in private funding to engage poverty, inequality and social injustice.

The virtual event was hosted by Dometi Pongo, host of the MTV series “True Life Crime,” and attended by 1,100 people from across the country. Young people from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco shared statements and performances. The gala honored ASP’s three national sponsors: EY Principal Marc Ganz, Hilco Global and Cooley LLP Partner Drew Williamson

Since 1981, ASP has served young people in poor and underserved communities by providing a performance based approach to help youth and their families create success in their lives. The organization was able to provide free programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.