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August 14, 2012

NBAF’s “A Ruby Evening” Pays Tribute to Ruby Dee

NBAF Ignites a Red-Hot Night at the St. Regis

  • Photos by Ninh Chau and ATLPics

Ruby Red was the color of the night as the National Black Arts Foundation paid tribute to iconic actress Ruby Dee at a black-tie gala at the St. Regis



















The VIPs

Co-Chairs Sonya Halpern, Stephanie Russell, Cecilia Houston-Torrence and Charmaine Ward; NBAF Executive Director Michael Simanga; NBAF Chair Evern Cooper Epps, Emcee Jovita Moore

The Venue

The St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead

The Highlights

Black tie guests, many dressed in the night’s theme of Ruby red, gathered for a cocktail reception, luxury silent and live auction, gourmet dinner in the Astor Ballroom decked out glamorously in drop-dead red by Tony Brewer and Company, and after-dinner dancing. Among the A-List crowd:  Andrew Young, Camille Love, Kenny Leon, Lovette Russell, John and Monica Pearson, Billye Aaron, Elzie and Evern Epps,  Rhonda Matheison.

The Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:  The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, and UPS. Platinum Sponsors: ING Americas and Wells Fargo; Gold Sponsors: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific, One Flew South, Turner Classic Movies; Silver Sponsors: Tony Brewer and Company, Northside Hospital

The Cause

Proceeds from the gala benefitted the National Black Arts Foundation, which supports major exhibitions of visual arts of African descent throughout the region. For more information visit

John and Monica Pearson John and Monica Pearson

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