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Riverside Theater to Honor Phylicia Rashad & Roy Haynes During Annual Gala

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NYC's Riverside Theater to Pay Tribute to Renowned Actress Phylicia Rashad and Jazz Great Roy Haynes During Their “Legacy to Promise" Gala on September 26th, 2011

Since its inception in 1960, The Riverside Theatre of Morningside Heights in New York City has aimed to bring a vibrant array of culture, performance, and arts to the surrounding community. Hosting a variety of programs from dance performances to film festivals, Riverside Theatre has provided the public with a multitude of enriching illustrations of fine arts through their remarkable programs. In an effort to commemorate their social contributions and continue their powerful 50-year legacy, The Riverside Theatre will host their second annual “Legacy to Promise" Gala on Monday, September 26th, 2011, at 7:00pm at the prominent Riverside Church of 91Claremont Ave (btw. 120th &122nd St.) in New York City.

This special event will be hosted by WABC TV correspondent Kemberly Richardson with special guest the honorable Bill Cosby, and will honor legendary stage and screen performer Phylicia Rashad and jazz drummer extraordinaire Roy Haynes for their commendable contributions to the arts throughout the years. The affair will be a night of distinguished celebration for The Riverside Theatre, as they further assert their commitment to enrich their community with an assortment of affordable and inspiring performances, films, festivals and events.

In addition to a special awards presentation by renowned philanthropist, performer and avid Riverside Theatre supporter Bill Cosby, this memorable gala will also feature live performances by Jazz drummer and musical educator Lewis Nash, and bassist and composer Christian McBride. This exciting show will be presented by the event's Mistress of Ceremonies and ABC Eyewitness News reporter, the lovely Kemberley Richardson.

Executive & Artistic Director Jewel Kinch-Thomas is excited about the coming event. “It is going to be a night to remember. We are absolutely thrilled to pay tribute to these outstanding artists and all the inspiring moments they continue to bring us. The power of the arts will be well represented that evening."

Throughout the years Riverside Theatre has been committed to providing quality multicultural fine arts programs such as the African Diaspora Film Festival; a collaboration of the Riverside Theatre and ArtMattan productions to present a collection of unique films from the continent of Africa, and the African Diaspora. The Riverside Theatre is also gearing up to present the Passion of Tap in September and the NuDance Festival in the coming winter months; which will be a presentation of powerful works from some of today's top aspiring choreographers.

With The “Legacy to Promise" Gala, the Riverside Theatre hopes to continue to establish and celebrate their mission to bring elevating and educational fine arts opportunities to the public. This event will also serve as a means to garner generous support for The Riverside Theatre so that they may continue their youth and family programs and engaging dance and drama productions for many years to come.

Tickets to attend the “Legacy to Promise" Gala start at $400, and can be purchased online at http://www.theriversideTheatre.org or at the Riverside Theatre box office. The public also has the opportunity to purchase a virtual journal or participate in the event's silent auction. For direct information on the event, interested parties can contact Samantha Debicki at [email protected]

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