On June 2nd at the Beverly Hilton, ABC’s Johnson family were honored the annual Step Up luncheon, presented by Coach, for being “the embodiment of Step Up’s Core Values” according to Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment Group.
Step Up, is an organization that supports girls living in or going to school in under-served communities where resources are scarce. Step Up encourages these young women to live up to their full potential by empowering them to become confident college-bound, career-focused and ready to join in and support the next generation of professional women.
Tracee Ellis Ross, took to the mic and said that she was “[honored] to work on a show that is a part of reshaping the perception of how we see women in the context of humanity and in the family. To be in partnership with your husband and also have your own life is not original, but to see that in primetime on a weekly basis on network television while you’re laughing is very powerful. I just want to repeat that line for all of you young women in this room. …In life, we know that our worth is not defined by being in relationship to something else. We are valuable and powerful and entertaining because we are.”
The event raised #425,000 for Step Up and the Coach Foundation pledged $3 million over the next three years to help the organization grow to additional cities. For more information on Step Up, click here.