*More than 200 patrons of the art joined Ronald K. Brown and the illustrious Evidence, A Dance Company at the company’s annual “On Our Toes” Hamptons Summer Benefit on Saturday, August 17, 2013 on the gorgeous grounds of the Hayground School in tony Bridgehampton, New York.
Guests were greeted by Evidence’s Board Secretary Gail Monroe-Perry who opened the haute Hamptons happening by welcoming the well dressed guests and thanking them for supporting the 10th Annual “On Our Toes” event with proceeds from the event going to support the contemporary dance company’s community outreach programs and full benefits for dancers.
During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed cocktails and fine wines courtesy of Moet Hennessy. Guests feasted on an array of delectable appetizers catered by Harlem’s famed 5 and Diamond Restaurant, which specializes in modern American foods with a Spanish influence.
Following cocktails, guests entered a large tent furnished with white lounge chairs and sofas and high tables for the dance performance, live auction, a light dinner, dessert and Evidence, A Dance Company’s signature “Dancing with the Dancers.”
Other entertainment was provided by Broadway’s Porgy and Bess star Andrea Jones-Sojola who swept guests off their feet with a soul-stirring rendition of the song “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.
The dance company presented a special performance of “High Life,” which draws striking parallels of the Great Migration in the U.S. by depicting the journeys from the South to the North and from West African villages to the city.
Evidence, A Dance Company Board Member Reginald Canal led a “Bricks and Mortar” that raised $30,000 to support the dance company. A live auction offered bidders an opportunity to win private, luxury villa vacations to Italy and France; VIP sport experiences to the Super Bowl and US Open Tennis; VIP tour of Yankee stadium led by a former World Series Champion player; attendance at the “Salute the Sandman” event with legendary Yankee baseball player Mariano Rivera; and exclusive passes to the final round to the PGA Masters tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.
The amazing afternoon affair ended on a very high dance note as members of the highly acclaimed dance company were joined by guests on the dance floor and boogied the evening away to DJ driven music.
Notable guests in attendance were Evidence, A Dance Company Chair Emeritus Reginald Van Lee; Alvin Ailey dancers Fana Tesfagiorgis & Matthew Rushing; Alicia & Daniel Bythewood; Brie Bythewood; Tawana Tibbs & Bruce Gordon; Peg Alston & Willis Burton; Michael Heningburg & Dr. Jeanine B. Downie; Reginald Canal; Dr. Ancy Verdier; Donna Williams, and Diane Clear …read more
Source: Electronic Urban Report