Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dance Theatre of Harlem Hosts 2015 Vision Gala

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Arthur Mitchell Vision Award Honoree Jessye Norman with Dance Theatre of Harlem School students


Black tie event raised $500,000 for scholarships, arts education and community programming

NEW YORK, NY – Dance Theatre of Harlem’s most prominent fundraising event of the year honored three individuals for their commitment to the arts, and featured performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Held on February 24th at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Vision Gala benefited the Next Generation Fund, which provides scholarships and financial assistance to the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and the Community Engagement Fund, supporting arts education and community programs.

The gala honored Grammy-Award winning opera singer Jessye Norman with the Arthur Mitchell Vision Award; Theodore Bartwink (post-humously) and the Harkness Center for Dance with the Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Family Foundation Medal; and Virtuoso Award Honorees Mario Baeza and Under Armour, Inc.

The evening began with a reception, followed by dinner with a menu of lobster salad, filet mignon and an assortment of desserts, including lemon meringue with strawberries and chocolate souffle with raspberries and cream. The event concluded with dancing at the post-gala party.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Board Chair Michael Armstrong; Leanne Fremar,
Head of the Women's Division at Under Armour, Inc., which received the Virtuoso Award;
ESPN's Hannah Storm; and Board Vice Chair Leslie Wims Morris

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Company dancers with Virtuoso Honoree Mario Baeza

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Valentino Carlotti, Senior Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Sherry Bronfman;
Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and Company dancer Francis Lawrence;
Gloria Steinem; and Jessye Norman

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Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Jessye Norman and Guest

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Dance Theatre of Harlem School students

Visit the website for more information on the 2015 New York season, April 8-11: www.dancetheatreofharlem.org.

Photo credit: Joseph Rodman


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