Apollo Theater to Induct Chaka Kahn Into Legends Hall of Fame

55cd19a29d25b1b8fe876ec806702478The Apollo Theater does it again by announcing that its 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert will induct Chaka Khan into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame on Monday, June 10, 2013 in celebration of Ms. Khan’s 40th anniversary in the music business. This year’s program will include special tribute performances to the legendary singer by Apollo Legend Patti LaBelle and the incomparable Mary J. Blige.

Proceeds from the Spring Gala support the Apollo’s year-round world-class performing arts events, innovative education initiatives, and meaningful community programs, which honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists and emerging creative voices.

Chaka Khan joins past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees—all legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose paths to fame included the Apollo—Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald. Each Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a plaque in the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street.

“I am honored that the Apollo is inducting me into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame,” says Khan. “The Apollo Theater is an American institution and is world-renowned for developing, nurturing, and creating talent for decades. The Apollo Theater has supported my career and now they are a part of honoring my legacy. I am looking forward to the celebration.”

Additionally, each year at the Spring Gala, the Apollo recognizes a corporation whose support enables the Theater to grow and expand its artistic, community, and education programs. The Apollo will present Time Warner Inc. with its 2013 Corporate Award, in recognition of the company’s outstanding philanthropy and community leadership. Time Warner Inc. Chairman & CEO Jeff Bewkes will accept on behalf of Time Warner Inc. with actress Sarah Jessica Parker presenting the award.

Jeff Bewkes, Chairman & CEO Time Warner Inc. remarks, “The Apollo shares Time Warner Inc.’s commitment to championing diverse voices, engaging new audiences, and nurturing emerging talent. Time Warner Inc. is proud to have supported the Apollo for more than a decade and we are delighted to be recognized with the 2013 Corporate Award.”

Carol’s Daughter Founder & President Lisa Price will receive The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award, named in honor of one of New York City’s legendary leaders and a champion of Harlem and its cultural institutions. This award is given to an individual or group who has demonstrated extraordinary support for and understanding of the value of the arts. In August of 1994, Price established Carol’s Daughter and almost overnight, celebrities from Jada Pinkett-Smith to Halle Berry became loyal customers. Today, Carol’s Daughter sells millions of dollars worth of products and boasts nine stores across the country, with a flagship store in Harlem. Price is an active philanthropist and is dedicated to giving back to the community through both her business and her personal life.

“Carol’s Daughter and the Apollo Theater are both part of the unique fabric of Harlem and New York City,” says Price. “Our commitment to diversity and beauty mirrors the Apollo’s commitment to amplifying diverse voices and celebrating the creativity in each of us. I am honored to be recognized with this award.”

2013 Apollo Spring Gala co-chairs include: Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET; Tamara Mellon, OBE; Anna Chapman and Ronald O. Perelman;
Richard Plepler, CEO of Home Box Office, Inc.,
and Marcus Samuelsson, celebrity chef and Apollo board member. Gala Vice Chairs include: Marcella and Terry Jones, Sonia and Paul T. Jones, and Dick and Laura Parsons,

The evening includes the gala concert and awards ceremony, produced by Ron Weisner for Ron Weisner Entertainment, and a post performance party featuring a stylish lounge created by celebrityevent planner Bronson van Wyck.

Tickets for the 2013 Spring Gala are now on sale. To purchase Gala tickets or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater, call 212-531-5347. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

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