Thursday, December 19, 2013

Business Executive Richard Parsons Hosts Apollo Theater Holiday Party

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Apollo Theater President and CEO Jonelle Procope and Richard Parsons

HARLEM, NY – The Apollo Theater held a Holiday Cocktail Party for its Board of Directors and leadership funders on December 9, 2013, at the newly reopened Minton’s in Harlem. The event was hosted by Apollo Board Chairman Richard “Dick” Parsons, owner of Minton’s, and Vice Chairman Ronald Perelman, CEO, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.

Minton’s fabulous house band played, and in true Apollo fashion, guests were entertained by impromptu performances by noted singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti, and Apollo Board Member and legendary star of stage and screen, Leslie Uggams.

Among the guests were Ed Lewis, co-founder of Essence magazine; Debra Martin Chase, film and television producer; Apollo Board Member Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Time Warner Inc.; Apollo Theater Executive Producer Mikki Shepard; Producer Stephen Byrd; and Marilyn Booker, JoAnn Price, Athena and Mario Bollag, Nadja Fidelia, Lana Woods, Melody Parker, Daisy Holmes, Mark MasonMichele Pagnotta, Carolyn Mason, Judy Byrd, Charles Atkins, Jerry and Debra Shriver, Erana Stennett, Grahame Pratt, Laura Bush Parsons, Yaz Hernandez, David Bartsch, Rodney and Michelle Adkins, Rita Jammet, Hope Knight, Al Zollar and Chris Taylor.

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Art patrons W. Don Cornwell and Sandra Cornwell

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Hope Knight, Apollo Theater Board Member Carla Harris, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley and Patricia Zollar

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Jonelle Procope with Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman

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Apollo Theater Board Member Marcella A. Jones, CEO, Giving Back Foundation; Troy and Keisha Dixon; and Jonelle Procope

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Jason Matthews and Apollo Theater Board Members Troy Dixon, former managing director, Deutsche Bank;
and William Lighten, Managing Director, Eland Capital Partners and President, Lighten Family Foundation

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Fred Terrell, Jacqueline and Kevin Nickelberry

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Richard Parsons and the Minton's House Band

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Apollo Theater Board Member Leslie Uggams performs.

Upcoming events at the Apollo Theater include the Apollo’s Kwanzaa Celebration on December 27, an annual Martin Luther King celebration on January 19, 2014, Apollo Club Harlem in February, and special edition Amateur Nights. For more information on these and other events, visit

Photos courtesy of the Apollo Theater

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