The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction, NYC

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @6:30PM

Hot Spot: Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC

Deets: The Gordon Parks Foundation hosts their annual gala.

Singer Mavis Staples and musician Jon Batiste are among the honorees who will be saluted at the Gordon Parks Foundation’s annual awards dinner and auction. The June 6 event at Cipriani in New York City will also honor philanthropist Alexander Soros, Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia), American Express chairman/CEO Kenneth Chenault and his wife, philanthropist Kathryn Chenault.

A special performance by Common will be among the evening’s festivities. Guest presenters thus far include Late Night With Stephen Colbert host Stephen Colbert, Usher and Harvard University professor/historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. Among the dinner co-chairs are Alicia Keys and Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Janelle Monae and Usher and his wife Grace Raymond. Dinner chairs include Russell Simmons and Gloria Vanderbilt with Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, as one of the evening's special guests. Rounding out the program: an auction featuring seven lots of the late Parks’ work and recognition of the first two recipients of the inaugural Gordon Parks Fellowship. The fellowship supports photographers, artists, filmmakers and musicians working within the theme of social justice.

Who You May Spot: Co-Chairs Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean; Karl Lagerfeld; Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder; Janelle Monáe; Usher IV and Grace Raymond. Honoring: Jon Batiste; The Honorable John Lewis; Alexander Soros; Mavis Staples; Kathryn & Kenneth Chenault. Special Guests: Barbara Vowman & Valerie Jarrett. Musical Performance: Common. Presenters: Usher; Henry Gates, Jr.; Stephen Colbert. 

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