Kenny Leon, artistic director of True Colors Theatre Company, got together with friends including actresses Tichina Arnold, Jasmine Guy, Crystal Fox and Terri J. Vaughn; NBA great Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, and broadcasters Roland Martin, Egypt Sherrod, Holly Firfer and Frank Ski for a fabulous Saturday night soiree that benefited key True Colors programming.
The event, held at the Millenium Gate Museum at Atlantic Station following the daytime golf tournament that accompanies the event every year, specifically raised money for the National August Wilson Monologue Competition for high school students.
The August Wilson Monologue Competition offers students of all races the the opportunity to study theatre, explore African American culture and history, and hone their public speaking and reading comprehension skills.
The program is active in communities in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles.
“Tonight, we’ve got a lot of friends and family to celebrate,” Leon said. “It’s about raising money for inner city youth to realize their dreams.”
CNN’s Firfer, who has served as a judge for the monologue competition, talked about the importance of supporting True Colors while Ski, recently back at V-103, did a great job serving as auction emcee.
Throughout the evening, prominent members of Atlanta’s arts community greeted each other warmly, united in a desire to help pave the way for talented young people.
“I love True Colors Theatre Company,” said Jasmine Guy, who has worked there as both a director and actress. “This the heart of the theatrical community in Atlanta.”