Justin Bieber Misses Pencils of Promise Benefit but Sends Video, Gala Raises $3 Million

Pencils of Promise, a non-profit that helps to build schools and educational opportunities in developing countries, did not see a scheduled appearance from Justin Bieber at its 10 th anniversary gala in New York Wednesday night, but raised more than $3 million anyway.

Bieber is an honorary chair of the event and longtime supporter of the organization — he has donated a dollar from each concert ticket sold since 2010 — which was founded by Adam Braun (pictured above), younger brother of Bieber manager Scooter Braun, who was also an honorary chair. To date, the organization has built over 480 schools and provided access to education to over 95,000 students throughout Ghana, Guatemala, Laos and Nicaragua.

Attendees at the black-tie event, which was held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse, included rapper Lil Jon, singer Bazzi, dancer Val Chermkovasky, model/actress Damaris Lewis, songwriter/producer Drumma Boy, chef Christina Tosi, celebrity tattoo artist Dr. Woo, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Alex Soros and many others. Tori Kelly performed two songs during the event.

Bieber sent a video (watch a few seconds below) that was played to the audience at the event in which he said many affectionate things about Adam and the organization.

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