September 23, 2011
Silver-screen allure and retro-glamour ruled at this year’s National Black Arts Foundation Gala
- Photos by Paras Griffin
With “A Salute to the Silver Screen” as this year’s theme, the NBAF Gala struck an elegant note with a black-and-white dress code and jazz stylings by Joe Gransden and his Big Band
Co-chairs Sonya and Daniel Halpern, Celica Houston-Torrence and Leigh Torrence, Stephanie and H. Jerome Russell
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Scene Makers
A glamorous crowd of approximately 500 black-tie guests included: NBAF Board Chair Evern Cooper Epps, NBAF President and CEO Neil Barclay, Mayor Kasim Reed, Brenda Massie, Radcliffe Bailey and Victoria Rowell, Devyne Stephens, Bill Torres, Tamara Bowens, Ray Bergeron, Mary Ann Harrison, Camille Love, Rhonda Mathison
The invitation, picturing screen goddess Lena Horne, set the tone for this year’s gala honoring African-American achievements on the big screen. Guests were treated to a Bombay Sapphire cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, a glam décor by Tony Brewer and Company, silent and live auctions, and Hollywood-worthy entertainment--including a rendition from Dream Girls and dancing to Joe Grasden and his Big Band.
Proceeds from the gala support the NBAF’s year-round programming including the July, city-wide arts festival.
Presenting sponsors: The Coca-Cola Company and UPS. Platinum sponsors: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, ING Americas, Wells Fargo. Gold Sponsors: Georgia-Pacific, One Flew South, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.