Last week we posted about high school senior Cemi Guzman, who was busy coordinating a benefit for the Lower East Side Girls Club. It was his idea to orchestrate an event that would not only raise money for a great organization, but also bring together a group of entertainers and motivational speakers to inspire young people to stay on the right track. We stopped by to check out the benefit, held over the weekend at the Bowery Poetry Club.
That’s Cemi, master of ceremonies, up on stage with author and speaker Ivan Sanchez. Pictured below is Liz Murray, who’s inspirational story won her worldwide fame. Her real-life ordeal was chronicled in the Lifetime movie, “Homeless to Harvard.”
Cemi’s dad, well known actor and LES activist, Luis Guzman (below) took his turn up on stage. But Cemi held his own – an obvious natural in front of an audience. The money raised on Saturday will support the Girls Club’s after-school programs.