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On Thursday, February 11th, the Apollo hosted the sixth annual Dining with the Divas, a luncheon celebrating the accomplishments of extraordinary women. Hosted by Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV Eyewitness News, this year’s event was the most-widely attended Divas luncheon to date.

Divas speakers included Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, and Beverly Danquah, a former Apollo Theater Academy intern, who shared with the audience inspiring and transformative moments in their lives. The luncheon also included a performance by former Amateur Night Stars of Tomorrow winner, Christian Guardino.

The event co-chaired by Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Joan Haffenreffer and Carolyn Minick Mason.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support:

Barneys                 Citi                Hearst                 Morgan Stanley

Catering by Great Performances

Desserts by Magnolia Bakery

Event Design by Ferrell­-Brown Designs

Red Bordeaux by La Caravelle

For more information about Dining with the Divas and how you can support the Apollo’s year-round performing arts, education and community initiatives, please contact [email protected].               

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Photos by Shahar Azran