The Apollo Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a benefit tribute concert and an awards ceremony, among other festivities, on June 8 at the historic venue.
Hosted by comedian/actor/radio personality Steve Harvey, the gala will feature the induction of Quincy Jones and Patti LaBelle, who will be presented with their awards by Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey. Past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame include Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard and Ella Fitzgerald.
That will be followed by the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award presented this year to Bill and Camille Cosby. This award, named after the late Ossie Davis and his wife, is given annually to a couple who have shown a commitment to their community and a strong bond amongst each other and their families. Previous award recipients have included Pauletta and Denzel Washington; Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon; Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance; and Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee. The theater's annual corporate award recognizing superior corporate leadership will be presented to The Coca-Cola Company for its ongoing commitment to the Apollo and the Harlem community.
The evening will also feature performances by Anita Baker and the O'Jays. Ray Chew, musical director for the Inaugural Neighborhood Ball television special (ABC-TV), NBC's "The Singing Bee," "Showtime At The Apollo" and the weekly Amateur Night show, will serve as the night's musical director.
The event will culminate with the Apollo Supper Club, a lounge created by designer David Monn, where DJ D-Nice will provide music.
The Gala's sponsors include The Coca Cola Company and sponsors Bloomberg, TV One, Belvedere, Hennessy and Moët & Chandon. Individual tickets for the Apollo's 75th Anniversary Gala are $1,000 (tax deductible amount $850). To purchase tickets to the event or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., call 800.618.3444, or visit www.apollotheater.org.
This event is the Apollo's largest annual fundraiser and all proceeds of the event will benefit the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and developing the Apollo Theater and its initiatives for performing artists, educational programs, and community outreach efforts in New York City and beyond.