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REFORM Alliance Casino Night event

Source: Alex Subers / REFORM Alliance

This past weekend (September 30), REFORM Alliance hosted its first Casino Night Event at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, raising $24 million for criminal justice reform. Click inside to check out photos from the star-studded event!

Hosted by REFORM co-chairs Michael Rubin, Meek Mill, founding partner Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter,and emceed by Kevin Hart, the invite-only, black-tie event supported the work of REFORM Alliance, which works to transform the nation’s supervision system for nearly 4 million people on probation or parole into one that creates pathways to work and wellbeing, rather than a revolving door back to prison.

More than 250 VIPs descended upon Atlantic City for the night to hear about the incredible impact REFORM has had on communities since its founding 4+ years ago, including the stories of people impacted by broken probation and parole policies and those who have benefitted from the bipartisan laws REFORM has passed throughout the country. Three individuals impacted by the supervision system were in attendance: Pam Sedia, James Severe, and Marcella Soto, whose stories were shared via video at the event.

As part of the festivities, guests participated in a blackjack tournament, dinner program and live auction. REFORM Alliance founding Board Members Michael Rubin, Meek Mill, Jay-Z, Clara Wu Tsai and Mike Novogratz, and REFORM CEO Robert Rooks were joined by attendees including Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Harlow, Kevin Hart, Fabolous, Jayson Tatum, Quavo, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, PJ  Tucker, La La Anthony, Alex Rodriguez, Jalen Rose, Gary Vaynerchuk, Fat Joe, French Montana, Dez Bryant, Tobias Harris, Ella Mai, Ne-Yo, Lil Kim, Gayle King, Taylor Rooks, Josie Canseco, Chantel Jeffries, Camille Fishel, and Kevin O’Leary, among other A-listers and executives from the worlds of sports, entertainment and business.

The evening’s final blackjack hand was played on-stage for all of the evening’s guests which culminated with a $1 million amount won being awarded to Andrew Goldberg, managing partner of TAO GROUP, who then announced a $750,000 donation from his winnings back to support REFORM Alliance’s work.

During the evening’s dinner program, REFORM’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Rooks, and REFORM’s Chief Advocacy and Operations Officer, Jessica Jackson, thanked the guests for their attendance for helping to confront one of the defining social and economic issues of our time. They also highlighted how the organization’s focus on public safety solutions has helped propel the passage of 17 bipartisan bills in 11 states, which have created pathways for nearly 700,000 people to transition out of the justice system and toward work, wellbeing and stability in their lives. The organization also hosts job and opportunity fairs, often in partnership with NBA teams throughout the country, and provides national and regional grants to organizations that provide services and solutions for people impacted by the criminal justice and supervision system.

The evening’s dinner program included an on-stage discussion between Million Dollaz Worth of Game host, Wallo and emcee, Kevin Hart. Wallo shared his firsthand experiences within the criminal justice system and why he works closely with REFORM to help transform the system. Following the dinner program, guests were able to bid on unique items donated by Tom Brady, George Condo, Rashid Johnson, and Jay-Z. Items included an original George Condo painting which sparked a bidding war between Kim Kardashian and Tom Brady, to a historic timepiece owned by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, and more. The auction items raised $7.8 million.

Following the live auction, guests headed into the after-party at Ocean’s Sportsbook, The Gallery, which featured a full D’USSE bar takeover with specialty cocktails and surprise performances by Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Fat Joe, Lil Durk, Quavo, French Montana, Fabolous and Romeo Santos.

Less than 0.01% of philanthropic giving is directed toward criminal justice reform.  And because all REFORM administrative costs are covered by its board, 100% of the proceeds from the evening will be used for REFORM’s work to provide opportunity and stability to the millions of Americans on supervision and those re-entering community after incarceration, such as: bolstering REFORM’s efforts to change laws, expanding its grassroots operations into more states, supporting the implementation of laws it has already passed, convening fairs, and supporting community based organizations.

Salute to the REFORM team for all the work they’re doing!

Cards With The Stars: Jay-Z, Meek Mill & Michael Rubin Host REFORM Alliance’s Casino Night Gala  was originally published on

1. Fat Joe Rippin’ The Stage

Fat Joe Rippin' The Stage Source:REFORM Alliance

2. Joey Crack

Joey Crack Source:REFORM Alliance

3. Enjoying The Vibes

Enjoying The Vibes Source:REFORM Alliance

4. Meek Enjoying Fab’s Performance

Meek Enjoying Fab's Performance Source:REFORM Alliance

5. Michael Rubin & Wifey

Michael Rubin & Wifey Source:REFORM Alliance

6. Fab & French Montana

Fab & French Montana Source:REFORM Alliance

7. Going Up!

Going Up! Source:REFORM Alliance

8. French & Lil Baby

French & Lil Baby Source:REFORM Alliance

9. French Montana & Kyle Kuzma

French Montana & Kyle Kuzma Source:REFORM Alliance

10. The Bestfriends Kim K & Lala

The Bestfriends Kim K & Lala Source:REFORM Alliance

11. Jayson Tatum, Jack Harlow & Kyle Kuzma

Jayson Tatum, Jack Harlow & Kyle Kuzma Source:REFORM Alliance

12. Philly Legends Kevin Hart & Wallo

Philly Legends Kevin Hart & Wallo Source:REFORM Alliance

13. REFORM Co-Chair Meek Mill

REFORM Co-Chair Meek Mill Source:REFORM Alliance

14. Kim K

Kim K Source:REFORM Alliance

15. 4PF Baby

4PF Baby Source:REFORM Alliance

16. LIl Baby Doing His Thing

LIl Baby Doing His Thing Source:REFORM Alliance

17. Gracing The Stage

Gracing The Stage Source:REFORM Alliance

18. Quavo!

Quavo! Source:REFORM Alliance

19. Matthew McConaughey & Kim K

Matthew McConaughey & Kim K Source:REFORM Alliance

20. Travis & Matthew

Travis & Matthew Source:REFORM Alliance

21. Meek Spittin’

Meek Spittin' Source:REFORM Alliance

22. Immaculate Vibes

Immaculate Vibes Source:REFORM Alliance

23. Jay-Z & Clara Wu Tsai

Jay-Z & Clara Wu Tsai Source:REFORM Alliance

24. The Rubins

The Rubins Source:REFORM Alliance

25. Blackjack Tournament

Blackjack Tournament Source:REFORM Alliance

26. PJ Tucker & Tiffany Haddish

PJ Tucker & Tiffany Haddish Source:REFORM Alliance

27. Michael Rubin With Lala & Kim K

Michael Rubin With Lala & Kim K Source:REFORM Alliance

28. Taylor Rooks & Jack Harlow

Taylor Rooks & Jack Harlow Source:REFORM Alliance

29. Let The Good Times Roll

Let The Good Times Roll Source:REFORM Alliance

30. Ballers, Rappers & Motivators

Ballers, Rappers & Motivators Source:REFORM Alliance

31. Philadelphia 76ers PJ Tucker & Tobias Harris

Philadelphia 76ers PJ Tucker & Tobias Harris Source:REFORM Alliance


HUNCHO! Source:REFORM Alliance


RAGERS! Source:REFORM Alliance

34. Black Excellence

Black Excellence Source:REFORM Alliance

35. All Smiles

All Smiles Source:REFORM Alliance

36. Getting Intense At The Table

Getting Intense At The Table Source:REFORM Alliance

37. Tiffany & Matthew

Tiffany & Matthew Source:REFORM Alliance

38. Tom Brady & Alex Rodriguez

Tom Brady & Alex Rodriguez Source:REFORM Alliance

39. An All-Star Performance

An All-Star Performance Source:REFORM Alliance

40. Tom, Matt & Travis

Tom, Matt & Travis Source:REFORM Alliance

41. Through The Roof

Through The Roof Source:REFORM Alliance


UTOPIA Source:REFORM Alliance


TRAVIS & BABY! Source:REFORM Alliance

44. This Conversation Had To Be Good

This Conversation Had To Be Good Source:REFORM Alliance

45. Sheree Hovsepian and Rashid Johnson

Sheree Hovsepian and Rashid Johnson Source:Getty

46. Angela Reed Oakley and Charles Oakley

Angela Reed Oakley and Charles Oakley Source:Getty

47. Michael Rubin & Jack Harlow

Michael Rubin & Jack Harlow Source:Getty

48. Angela Rye

Angela Rye Source:Getty

49. Jadakiss

Jadakiss Source:Getty

50. Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo Source:Getty

51. Jalen Rose & Angela Rye

Jalen Rose & Angela Rye Source:Getty

52. Tobias Harris & Wife Jasmine Winton

Tobias Harris & Wife Jasmine Winton Source:Getty

53. French Montana, Fabolous & Lenny Santiago

French Montana, Fabolous & Lenny Santiago Source:Getty

54. Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant Source:Getty

55. Meek Mill & Nadia Adongo Fynn

Meek Mill & Nadia Adongo Fynn Source:Getty

56. Gail Kim

Gail Kim Source:Getty

57. Hov Enjoying The Festivities

Hov Enjoying The Festivities Source:Getty

58. Quavo & Tiffany Haddish

Quavo & Tiffany Haddish Source:Getty