85th Annual Spring Gala Raises 2 Million

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A host of celebrities and entertainers attended the Apollo Theater’s 14th Annual Spring Gala Monday night.

Private equity and venture capital firm Vista Equity Partners founded Robert F. Smith was honored at this year’s event.

The benefit concert was hosted by actress and comedian Amanda Seals. This year’s gala was “Icons Revisited,” paying tribute to legendary artists who played a vital role in the Apollo Theater’s history. The works of Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Donnie Hathaway and Billie Holiday were highlighted at the event.

Estelle, Jose James, Liv Warfield, Morris Day and The Time, Kelvin Rolston, Jr., Caleb Hawley, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, and James Harkness from the cast of Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations all took the stage.

A performance was also given by the current touring version group of the Temptations consisting of current touring version of the group: Larry Braggs, Willie Green, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks. Temptations founder Otis Williams was also on hand. The Motown singing group was recently inducted into the Apollo’s Walk of Fame.

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