|On Saturday, August 20th, Apollo Theater Trustee Ronald Perelman hosted a dinner and private concert at his East Hampton home, to benefit the non-profit Apollo Theater. This year’s event raised $5 million to support the Apollo’s artistic, educational, and outreach programs, which build on the Theater’s rich history as a cultural and economic anchor to Harlem, and as a nurturer of emerging talent.
The 7th Annual Apollo in the Hamptons featured a blowout concert with performances by legendary superstars Lionel Richie, Jon Bon Jovi, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Ciara, Kimberly Nichole (The Voice) with popular live band The Roots as the house band.
|The event was co-chaired by Apollo board member Ronald Perelman; Apollo Board Chairman Dick Parsons; Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; and Jon Bon Jovi, and was underwritten by Mr. Perelman. Other notable guests included: Usher Raymond IV, Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray, NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell, alongside Elaine Irwin, Jay Penske, Don Johnson, Howard & Beth Stern, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, Dexter Goel, Tamron Hall, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth.|
|The Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s most distinguished and enduring institutions. The Apollo is committed to enhancing the life of its community through a variety of arts, education and community programs designed to engage children, adults, schools, families, artists, and local organizations. Apollo education programs provide nearly 4,000 New York City students, many from undeserved backgrounds, with unique opportunities for career development, mentorship and exposure to high-quality arts programs in their community.
The Apollo Theater Academy cultivates the next generation of arts professionals through in-school seminars, arts management internships, technical theater apprenticeships, and other programs focused on careers in arts and entertainment; while the nationally-recognized Apollo Oral History Project works directly in Harlem public schools to engage students with a sequential, standards-based curriculum that transforms oral histories into original theater and video works. Other Apollo education programs including Teen Takeover, School Tours, Family Showtime and School Day Live engage New York City students and their families with world-class arts programming on the legendary Apollo stage.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|