*Evidence, A Dance Company will celebrate an extraordinary 25 year history this season at its Grace in Winter Silver Ball by honoring its founder and artistic director, Ronald K. Brown; Reginald “Reggie” Van Lee, board chairman of Evidence, A Dance Company; and longtime corporate supporter Booz Allen Hamilton.
The gala evening will take place on Monday, February 8, 2010, at the Grand Ballroom, The Plaza Hotel, New York City. Actress and dancer Victoria Rowell hosts the evening which will feature a performance of Evidence, A Dance Company’s famed signature piece “Grace” and special performances by singer Jennifer Holliday and jazz musician Peven Everett.
Mr. Brown fashioned his artistic vision into a reality by founding Evidence 25 years ago. He has created a unique, enduring and vital movement language that viscerally communicates the evolution of culture throughout the African Diaspora incorporating dance, music and storytelling.
His dancers are specifically trained in his movement vocabulary, and his choreography has been sought after by internationally known companies, such as Alvin Ailey and Jennifer Muller/The Works.
His most recent piece “Dancing Spirit” created to honor the legendary Judith Jamison on her 20th anniversary as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre was premiered this past December as a highlight of the Ailey season to great critical acclaim.
Upcoming highlights of the anniversary season include a magnificent commemorative book detailing Evidence’s 25 year history, a calendar featuring stunning dance photographs and an exclusive scarf from Hermès, a New York City season, a U.S. tour, appearances at the Vancouver Olympic festivities, a State Department-sponsored tour to Africa and the highlight of the Hamptons social season the annual “On Our Toes in the Hamptons Gala.” For more information please go to www.evidencedance.com
A member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Executive Leadership Council, “Reggie” Van Lee is an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leads the firm’s business efforts in the public health and non-profit sectors and.
He is recognized world-wide for his deep expertise in determining how global organization can build capabilities to make them resilient to shocks to mission accomplishment and growth. He has helped numerous health organizations transform to better achieve their missions.
An expert in public-private partnerships, Mr. Van Lee co-authored the book Mega communities which addresses how government, business, and non-profit leaders can tackle global challenges together.
Mr. Van Lee has co-authored a number of articles on strategy implementation, which have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Business Strategy. He also developed an innovative and integrated tool kit for management with techniques to help leaders realize new strategies and institutionalize existing strategies.
He supports many organizations outside the firm, including serving as a board member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Washington Performing Arts Society; New York City Center for Charter School Excellence; and Abyssinian Development Corporation.
Mr. Van Lee chairs the board of the Evidence Dance Company; co-chairs the board of the New York International Ballet Competition; and is trustee and treasurer of the Studio Museum in Harlem. He co-led the Urban Enterprise Initiative with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, driving enhanced competitiveness to small businesses in Harlem.
Mr. Van Lee’s recognitions include the Black Engineer of the Year Award; Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding; New York University’s C. Walter Nichols Award for outstanding community service; and the prestigious Spirit of Cabrini Award from the Cabrini Mission Foundation.
In addition, Consulting magazine named him one of the top 25 consultants in the world, and he was recognized as one of New York’s Finest Philanthropists. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an M.S. and a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, works with clients to deliver results that endure. Every day, government agencies, corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations rely on Booz Allen’s expertise and objectivity, and on the combined capabilities and dedication of our exceptional people to find solutions and seize opportunities.
Evidence combines a consultant’s unique problem-solving orientation with deep technical knowledge and strong execution to help clients achieve success in their most critical missions.
The Grace in Winter Silver Ball is one of the most anticipated galas of the season and this year is even more so. The celebration will begin with cocktails and online auction at 6PM. Dinner, awards and live auction will follow. Dress is Black Tie…With a Touch of Silver.
The highlight of the evening is always the electrifying performances of Brown’s internationally famed troupe. The Grace in Winter Silver Ball’s sponsors, all of whom have supported Evidence for many years, are Booz Allen Hamilton, HSBC Premier, Continental Airlines, ING and Moet & Chandon Champagne.
Silver committee includes: Maurice & Andrea DuBois, Noel Hankin, Moët Hennessy USA, Judith Jamison, Pamela J. Joyner, Alfred J. Giuffrida, Rhonda Mims, ING, Terry McMillan, Ms. Baraka Sele, René Syler, Susan L. Taylor & Khephra Burns, Tamara Tunie, Cicely Tyson, Lynn Whitfield, Reginald Van Lee and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Silver friends committee includes Alicia Bythewood, Felicia Daniels, b michael, Harriet Michel, Mira Mullins, Esq., Brian Mullins and Donna Williams. Luxury auction committee includes Tybie Etoy Dotson (chair), Marc Eastwood, Joyce Mullins-Jackson, Vanessa Rodriguez, Gail Monroe Perry and Andrea Hoffman.
The Board of Directors of Evidence includes Reginald Van Lee (chair), Ronald K. Brown (president), Joyce Mullins-Jackson (vice chair), Reggie Canal (treasurer), Leslie Mays (secretary), Zaid Abdul-Aleem, Dwayne Ashley, Monica F. Azare, Joanne E. Hill, Andrea Hoffman, b michael, Gail Monroe Perry, James Sullivan, Jocelyn Taylor, Dr. Ancy Verdier and Lisa B. Walker. Bruce Michael is executive director and Lisa Weisinger Manne, operations manager of Evidence.
Tables are $50,000, $30,000, $25,000, $15,000and $10,000. Individual tickets are $2.500, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. For tickets and Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities contact Alex Diaz, The JFM Group, 438 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, New York 212-921-9070 Ext 16 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the silver celebration, Brown’s acclaimed dance company will tour three countries in Africa -– Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa -– as part of DanceMotion USA, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) to showcase contemporary American dance abroad.
The tour will run February 15, 2010 through March 15, 2010. The Brooklyn based dance troupe will perform in Lagos, Nigeria; Dakar, Senegal and Grahamstown, South Africa.
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