August 19, 2013
NBAF Sends “A Love Note to Broadway”
Jennifer Holliday of Dreamgirls Headlines a Gala Night of Song and Dance
- Photos by BenRosePhotography.com
The National Black Arts Festival paid homage to “The Great White Way” with its glitzy 25th Anniversary Gala.
Co-Chairs Verna Cleveland and Charmaine Ward; Honorary Co-Chairs Joseph Bankoff and Curley Dossman Jr.; NBAF Chair Sonya Halpern
The InterContinental Buckhead
White-tie guests gathered for a cocktail reception, luxury silent and live auctions, and a gourmet dinner in a dining room decked out by Tony Brewer & Company. Ladies were instructed to wear pastels and pearls for this year’s gala: and many obliged in their spring-hued gowns, while the gents sported crisp white jackets. After dinner, guests enjoyed several Broadway-quality, song-and-dance and stage numbers, including a performance by Grammy and Tony-Award winning singerJennifer Holliday, best known for her Broadway role in Dreamgirls. Among the A-List crowd: Andrew Young, Camille Love, Mayor Kasim Reed, John and Monica Pearson, Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel, Judy Mauldin, Sam Henderson, Rebecca Bily, Lisa Borders, Juanita and Gregory Baranco, Sona Chambers, Sanford and Vivian Bishop, and Alex Delotch Davis.
Presenting Sponsors: Bank of America, Georgia-Pacific LLC, and The Coca-Cola Company. Platinum Sponsors: UPS and Wells Fargo. Gold Sponsors: ING US, Intercontinental Buckhead, One Flew South, PNC Financial Group Inc.
Proceeds from the gala benefitted the National Black Arts Foundation, which supports major exhibitions of visual arts by artists of African descent throughout the region. For more information visit nbaf.org
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