Apollo Throws Star-Studded Spring Gala Hosted by LL Cool J and Raise $1.7M (PICS)

Last night, the Apollo Theater celebrated its 11th Annual Spring Gala raising $1.7M for its year-round artistic and community programming initiatives. The concert portion of the evening was hosted by LL COOL J, and opened with the dynamic dancing duo Laurent & Larry Bourgeois of Les Twins. The concert also featured performances by legendary R&B group, The O’Jays including rousing version of Love Train, The Backstabbers, For the Love of Money and more. Rising star vocalist, Leon Bridges brought the crowd to its feet with a performance of Mustang Sally and vocalist Andra Day performed her hit song City Burns, followed by a touching performance of Unforgettable in tribute to legendary songstress Natalie Cole. Host LL COOL J also joined DJ D-Nice for a tribute to Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest – one of several iconic artists lost in 2016. The concert portion ended with a powerful Prince tribute which included legendary guitarist Vernon Reid and Cheryl Pepsii Riley, who sang an emotional version of Purple Rain.

Apollo 11th Annual Spring Gala: LL COOL J hosted the concert portion of the Apollo Spring Gala

Apollo 11th Annual Spring Gala: LL COOL J hosted the concert portion of the Apollo Spring Gala

Each year at the Spring Gala, the Apollo also recognizes a corporation for its outstanding philanthropy and community leadership. Last evening VIACOM Executive Chairman, President and CEO, Philippe Dauman accepted the Corporate Award in recognition of his company’s community leadership. Apollo Board Vice-Chairman, Charles Phillips presented the award.

The night culminated with a much buzzed about after party held in a stylish and spacious tent created by celebrity event planner and Apollo board member Bronson van Wyck. Key décor elements included a floral wall set behind the DJ stage and a large video ball suspended above the center of the tent which featured a variety of footage including excerpts from the Purple Rain movie. The after party featured a special Let’s Go Crazy Dance Tribute with DJ D-Nice spinning a dedicated set to the sounds of Prince’s diverse and extensive catalogue.

In a very special addition to the 2016 gala, the celebratory evening began with an afternoon ceremony to induct legendary recording artist Prince into the Apollo Walk of Fame. The induction ceremony took place just under the Apollo marquee and included performances and appearances by legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker, members of Prince’s renowned band The New Power Generation, Prince’s protégé and singer/musician Andy Allo, and R&B singer who sang her hit song Do Me Baby, which was written by Prince.

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Prince joins previous Apollo Walk of Fame inductees—all legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose paths to fame included the Apollo, including: Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard and Ella Fitzgerald. Inductees are honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street.

Apollo Spring Gala Co-Chairs included: Anna Chapman and Ronald O. Perelman, James L. Dolan, Tom Dooley, Sonia and Paul Jones, Debra L. Lee, Carolyn and Mark Mason, Laura and Richard D. Parsons and Karen and Charles Phillips

Apollo Spring Gala Vice Chairs included: Frederick G. Loder, Racquel Oden, Dori Silverman, Christine Taylor and Stephen Volk

Apollo Spring Gala Committee members included: American Express, BNY Mellon, Jim Carter, Citi, Alberto Cribiore, Discovery Communications, Disney, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr., National Basketball Players Association, New York Life, Tawana Tibbs and Bruce Gordon, Time Warner Inc., Bronson van Wyck and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams

Apollo Spring Gala Sponsors included: MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated; Viacom; Citi; The Coca-Cola Company; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Infor; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s; The Madison Square Garden Company and Merrill Lynch

The 2016 Apollo Spring Gala was made possible with generous support from American A

7th Annual WASH Gala Dazzles and Raises $165K (PICS)

Raises $165,000 for FACE Africa’s WASH Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

FACE Africa hosted its 7th Annual WASH, (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala on Saturday March 26, 2016 at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York City. The Gala took place on the heels of World Water Day, (March 22nd) and aimed to bring awareness to the growing clean water epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. 700 million people globally lack access to safe water supply sources, with 300 million people in Africa alone affected everyday.

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Kelly Rowland, Holly Robinson Peete, Mama Tina & More Serve Fabulousness at the Ladylike Foundation Annual Fundraising Event (PICS)

Fab fem power converged on the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Ladylike Foundation’s Annual Women of Excellent Luncheon on Saturday, June 4th in Beverly Hills, California.  This event honors women in the community and in our world who are “Excellent” in their fields of occupation and philanthropy.  Among the stars who attended were Keke Palmer, Tina Knowles,  and Honorees Mel B and Kelly Rowland.  The event was emceed by Holly Robinson Peete who was a complete stunner in a hot pick knee-length sheath dress.  Read The Rest

Across the Pond: Together For Short Loves Midsummer Charity Ball (PICS)

From across the pond…

Midsummer Ball raises over £290,000 (over $420k) for UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives

Alesha Dixon, Judge on Britain's Got Talent at Together for Short Lives  via Fashion Bomb Daily

Alesha Dixon, Judge on Britain’s Got Talent at Together for Short Lives
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A star studded Midsummer Ball at Banqueting House for UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives, raised a staggering £290,000 in support of the charity’s work with seriously ill children and their families. The Midsummer Ball took place on Wednesday 1 June and was supported by Coutts.

Together for Short Lives’ special guests experienced a magical midsummer night to remember, enjoying a champagne reception, dining on an elegant and sumptuous menu. James Toseland and Melanie Sykes were the Ball’s hosts for the night, introducing talent from Gabrielle Aplin, Ella Henderson and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Beau Dermott. Following an evening of stellar performances, Ball guests danced the night away with Soul II Soul, including the legendary 80s club classic Back to Life (I’m totally a fan!!). Read The Rest

Swing! A Summer Cocktail Party on Mon. June 27

On Monday, June 27, 2016, JALC will host the third annual Swing! A Summer Cocktail Party.  Swing! honors the next generation of jazz artists and is specifically geared toward our culturally diverse young professional audience.  Join us for an evening of cocktails, live jazz and more. Proceeds will support Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Education programs.

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Diversity Affluence Hamptons Brunch 2014 (PICS)

Diversity Affluence made magic happen again in the Hamptons during the 5th Annual Diversity Affluence Brunch. Founder and CEO, Andrea Hoffman curated an elite group of Royaltons™, multicultural affluent consumers, business influencers & innovators, at Harlow East in Sag Harbor, NY (formerly B. Smith’s).  The brunch celebrated 5 individuals who are examples of what’s possible for current and future generations. “This year’s theme, Unsung Leaders in Technology, Innovation and Social Impact is among my firms new efforts to bring awareness to these accomplished but under the radar high impact leaders” explains Hoffman.

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This year’s honorees reflected the changing face from board seats to the C-Suite. They included: Professor James I. Cash Ph.D.–James E. Robison Professor & Sr. Associate Dean, Emeritus Harvard Business School (board member of GE, Walmart, Chubb and former Microsoft board member), Marian Croak PhDSVP of AT&T (holds 180 technology patents), Chinedu Echeruo–Inventor of HopStop (sold to Apple), well as Freada Kapor Klein PhD of Level Playing Field Institute, and Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital (Creator of Lotus 1-2-3).

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Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Hosts 15th Annual Art for Life Gala

Rush Philanthropic Arts will host its 15th Annual Art For Life on Saturday, July 26th in Bridgehampton.  With the support of our sponsors, patrons and friends, Rush Philanthropic continues to provide art education opportunities for even more youth and enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.

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UNCF 3rd Annual “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit

On Saturday, August 23 at 6:00pm at the East Hampton Point Resort UNCF will host its Third Annual “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit. This special evening of waterfront cocktails, dinner and conversation is presented by the UNCF Leadership Council of New York, in addition to support from an esteemed group of Co-Chairs and Chairs, Michelle Paige Paterson, Former First Lady of New York State and Camille Clark. Proceeds from the evening will benefit UNCF’s educational initiatives and play a key role in making sure deserving low-income students of color get the education they need to get to and through college. Read The Rest

Brotherhood/Sister Sol Hosts “Voices 10” Benefit (PICS)

Nearly 500 guests attended The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s 10th Annual Voices benefit on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at New York City’s Edison Ballroom.  The event celebrated the organization, an impressive list of honorees, and the young people who inspire and empower their work.

VOICES is their signature annual benefit highlighting youth and life changing programming. The event provided an opportunity for supporters to celebrate BHSS’s commitment to helping youth develop into critical thinkers and community leaders.

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