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August 19, 2013

NBAF Sends “A Love Note to Broadway”

Jennifer Holliday of Dreamgirls Headlines a Gala Night of Song and Dance

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The National Black Arts Festival paid homage to “The Great White Way” with its glitzy 25th Anniversary Gala.

Sonya Halpern, Mayor Kasim Reed, Co-Chairs Charmaine Ward and Verna Cleveland Sonya Halpern, Mayor Kasim Reed, Co-Chairs Charmaine Ward and Verna Cleveland

The VIPs

Co-Chairs Verna Cleveland and Charmaine Ward; Honorary Co-Chairs Joseph Bankoff and Curley Dossman Jr.; NBAF Chair Sonya Halpern


The Venue

The InterContinental Buckhead


Singer Jennifer Holliday Singer Jennifer Holliday

The Highlights

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.


The Sponsors

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.


The Cause

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



John and Monica Pearson John and Monica Pearson

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