Raising Millions for Historic Apollo Theater
Thomas J. Henry is a proud supporter of the Historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
The Apollo: A Cultural Cornerstone
The Apollo Theater has been called one of Harlem’s “most distinguished and enduring institutions.” Since 1934, the historic theater has served as a pillar for the Harlem community. Previously the site of a whites-only venue, the theater has become synonymous with the rise of African-American culture in popular media and helped to launch numerous legendary performers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Jay-Z, and Lauryn Hill.
In 1987, it became the set of the nationally syndicated televisions show Showtime at the Apollo, which ran for an astonishing 21-years.
Supporting Education and the Arts
The Apollo Theater Education Programs extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. – ApolloTheater.org
The Apollo is dedicated to serving and engaging the community through arts, education and community programs. According to their website, “Apollo education programs provide nearly 4,000 New York City students, many from undeserved backgrounds, with unique opportunities for career development, mentorship and exposure to high-quality arts programs in their community.”
The Apollo Theater Academy provides programs aimed at nurturing the professional careers of young artists through in-school seminars, arts management internships, and technical theater apprenticeships. The nationally-recognized Apollo Oral History Project works directly in Harlem public schools to engage students with a sequential, standards-based curriculum that transforms oral histories into original theater and video works.
Other Apollo education programs include: Teen Takeover, School Tours, Family Showtime and School Day Live.
Apollo in the Hamptons Annual Fundraiser
Each year, celebrities, musicians, socialites, and government representative gather in the Hamptons to raise money for Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater. Proceeds not only go to restoration efforts for the theater, but also benefit community engagement programs aiding thousands of students, families, and organizations.
In 2016, Thomas J. Henry along with his wife, Azteca, and daughter, Maya, joined the list of distinguished guests to attend the star-studded event which featured special benefits from chart-topping musicians, including Pharrell Williams, The Roots, Usher, and Gwen Stefani. The event was a huge success, raising roughly $5 million.
Founded by Ronald O. Perelman seven years ago, the event has a reputation for attracting famous faces. 2016 was no different, with appearances by Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, David Foster, and Jack Nicholson. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, New York State Governor Andre Cuomo, and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell were also in attendance.