The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) held its Vision 2013 Gala honoring actress/singer Vanessa L. Williams on February 26th at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City. The Vision Gala raised $585,000 and the proceeds will benefit the Next Generation Fund and the Community Engagement Fund.
The evening’s honorary chair was Chelsea Clinton, with Valentino D. Carlotti – Goldman, Sachs & Co as Grand Gala Sponsor, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and his wife Lisa, and Hollywood power couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil as co-chairs. WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa served as the special guest host.
Who was there: Guests included Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Chelsea Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky, Sade Baderinwa, Virginia Johnson, Jillian Hervey, George Wayne, AJ Calloway, Stephen Byrd, Misty Copeland, George Wayne, Ellen Williams, Sara Mearns, Sean Ringgold, Jessye Norman, and Condola Rashad.
“It was a magical evening. We showcased the talented, hard-working young dancers that we’ve been nurturing at the Dance Theatre Harlem and paid tribute to the beautiful and talented Vanessa L. Williams for her contributions to the performing arts,” says Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director. “It was also the perfect opportunity to celebrate the return of the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem Company by offering a preview of the ballet, Glinka, which will be part of the repertoire for our first New York City season as a new company in April at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center.”
More than 300 guests attended the event including renowned opera singer and board member Jessye Norman, supermodel Alek Wek, actor Sean Ringgold from the soap opera One Life To Live, Vanity Fair’s George Wayne, American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland, and New York City Principal Dancer Sara Mearns. Also in attendance were Williams’ castmates from the forthcoming Broadway show, The Trip To Bountiful, Oscar Award-Winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Tony Award-Nominated Actress Condola Rashad, along with the production’s producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones.