Usher Attends ‘Pencils of Promise’ Gala to Help Create Schools

R&B artist Usher was one of the celebrity attendees and honorees at the 2012 Pencils of Promise Gala held at Guastavino’s on Thursday in New York City.

The organization’s founder Adam Braun and his brother, recording company mogul Scooter Braun, singer Estelle, Tori Kelly and actress Jessica Szohr also attended the event.

Pencils of Promise, which honored Usher at the event, helps create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all.

Usher looked sharp in a shiny patterned purple suit, blue T-shirt and brown shoes. The artist is currently promoting his latest album ‘Looking 4 Myself.’

Usher also paid a whopping $12,000 for a female goldendoodle puppy at the event. The R&B star reportedly outbid Jessica Szohr for the adorable pooch.

“All in the name of feline fun!,” Usher tweeted. (Perhaps he meant to say canine?) “It took me 2 years but I outbid everyone this year to bring Poppy home to Ush”

Pictured: Honoree/PoP Board Member Hope Taitz and her family, David, Amanda, Glenn and Julia Taitz shake hands with Usher at the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala at Guastavino’s on October 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pencils of Promise)