By BlackGivesBack NY contributor Akira Barclay
On Saturday, August 21st, On Our Toes in the Hamptons, the annual performance and fundraising gala benefiting Evidence, A Dance Company was held at the Watermill, NY home of event Co-Chairs the Honorable Bernard H. Jackson and Joyce Mullins-Jackson, Chair of the Evidence Board of Directors. Long recognized as the premier African-American cultural and social event of the Hamptons summer calendar, the event honored Prince Kunle Omilana of Nigeria and his wife Princess Keisha Omilana for their longtime support and dedication to the company. The late afternoon affair featured specialty cocktails by Moet Hennessey USA, a luxury online auction on CharityBuzz.com and an electrifying performance, "Ebony Magazine: To A Village."
On Our Toes in the Hamptons brilliantly merged the glamour of the Hamptons social scene with heartfelt sincerity and support for the Evidence mission to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. The Jacksons, Board Members, event committee and guests, most of whom attend the event every year, exuded a unique warmth and enthusiasm that exploded on the dancefloor with the invitation to “dance with the dancers.” Poolside, Hermès displayed the limited edition custom scarf created to commemorate the Company’s 25th anniversary. The scarf is available for purchase at the French design house’s East Hampton location, and a portion of sales will benefit Evidence.
On Our Toes in the Hamptons’ benefit committee included Reginald Van Lee, Chairman Emeritus of the board of Evidence; Zaid Abdul-Aleem, Monica F. Azare, Veronica Claypool, Joanne E. Hill, Andrea Hoffman, Leslie Mays, Gail Monroe Perry, Lauren Roberts, Jennifer Streakes, Dr. Ancy Verdier, Kathleen Vita and Lisa Walker. The Young Professionals Committee included BJ Coleman, Keenan Davis, Estelle, Mignon Espy, Dr. Erika Faust, James Nixon, Nkumera Pierre and Phillana Williams.
The Silver Anniversary Committee includes T. Troy and Keisha Dixon, Maurice and Andrea DuBois, Noel Hankin and Moet Hennessy USA, Judith Jamison, Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida; Debra Lee and BET Networks, Terry McMillan, Rhonda Mims and ING, Ms. Baraka Sele, Marva Smalls and MTV Networks, René Syler, Susan Taylor and Khephra Burns, Tamara Tunie, Cicely Tyson, Reginald Van Lee and Booz Allen Hamilton, and Lynn Whitfield.
For more information on Evidence, A Dance Company visit: www.evidencedance.com.