Estelle Pays Tribute To “Dear Friend” June Ambrose At Urban Tech Gala

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Celebrity Stylist Honored At Event To Support Minorities In Tech

British warbler Estelle paid tribute to her “dear friend” June Ambrose for her work with kids at a gala benefitting a nonprofit that connects underserved youth with opportunities in tech.

The Bronx-born stylist, who has dressed stars like Kerry Washington, Jay-Z and Missy Elliott, was honored with the Youth Empowerment award at the National Urban Technology Center’s annual gala June 14 at Gustavino’s in NYC.

“She’s a legend, ya dig?” Estelle said before presenting Ambrose with the award. “Even while tackling the hard work of building an empire, June still finds the time to give back, especially when it comes to our youth, the future of America.”

Alicia Quarles Urban Tech Gala

June was lauded for her volunteer work with the Ronald McDonald House, Keep a Child Alive and Feed America.

“It’s always very humbling when you’re recognized for something you do kind of organically and authentically,” Ambrose, who slayed in a Christian Siriano gown, told BOSSIP.

The event also honored attorney, author and producer Crystal McCrary, her husband, Raymond McGuire, the global head of investment banking for Citigroup, Inc., and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s foundation, “Earn Your Future.”

Entertainment journalist Alicia Quarles hosted the event, where BOSSIP spotted “EJNYC” star Elisa Johnson, and where R&B group DMK kept guests entertained with two performances.

Ambrose said she believed in Urban Tech’s mission of educating and creating opportunities for underrepresented young people in the technology sphere.

“If we don’t support our future techies, support our young people, some who have lost their way,” Ambrose told us. “I think it’s important to create the path but also to pave it. And I think everyone here tonight has a common interest. We want to make sure that these kinds of programs continue.”

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