NewsHarlem School Of The Arts Throws Bridgerton-Themed Gala

Harlem School Of The Arts Throws Bridgerton-Themed Gala

The gala also served as a fundraiser, raising over $2 million for the school’s diverse arts programming and tuition assistance for students.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos gave a heartfelt speech to his wife, author and former ambassador to the Bahamas, Nicole A. Avant, who was honored alongside her late parents, Jacqueline and Clarence Avant. Celebrated for their efforts in philanthropy, business, and politics, the Avants were recognized at the event. Other honorees included Deborah Roberts, Al Roker, their son Nick, Jennifer Jones Austin, and The Herb Alpert Foundation, which has supported HSA for over a decade.

The gala not only celebrated HSA’s milestone but was also a fundraiser. Over $2 million was raised, supporting the school’s diverse arts programming and tuition assistance for students.

HSA President James C. Horton emphasized the event’s significance in continuing Dorothy Maynor’s vision of uplifting underrepresented communities through the arts.

Sandra Buchanan Hurse, board member and gala committee member, highlighted the life-changing impact of arts education and the importance of ensuring access regardless of socio-economic status. “The impact of receiving arts education can be life-changing, and no child should have to be without that experience because they can’t afford it. The funds raised this evening provide access to arts programming for young people regardless of their socio-economic circumstances,” said Hurse.

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Source: Black Enterprise

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