Charity Carter—4th person from the left with members of the Board of Directors & Advisory Board for The Edison Arts Foundation
Founder Charity Carter of The Edison Arts Foundation Honors Debbie Allen and 15-Year-Old Freje Randall of Houston at Tutus & Tuxes Fundraising Gala
The Edison Arts Foundation held their Tutus and Tuxes Fundraising Gala Saturday, April 29 at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum. Founder, President and Executive Director Charity Carter was excited to hold her 1st Annual event for the community to celebrate the achievements and talents of those in the arts. The Master of Ceremonies was Chauncy Glover of ABC KTRK 13.
Charity Carter (l) and Chauncy Glover (r)
The evening honored Houston’s own director, choreographer, author, dancer, and actor Debbie Allen with the Legacy Award for her lifetime achievement in the arts and Freje Randall for the Community Excellence In Arts Award. Ms. Allen’s career spans three decades with a dynamic history of work to include countless accolades from Emmys to NAACP Awards to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her illustrious dance career has provided for years of inspiration for young girls wanting the same such as Randall a 15-year-old ballet dancer who attends a private school in Houston. While most teens are consumed with social media, Freje spends her time active in the community bringing awareness to diabetes health through her organization Dancing4Diabetes which promotes exercise, nutrition and regular doctor visits. Both of the honoree’s awards were presented by State Representative Ron Reynolds along with a supportive message from fellow teen (journalist) Victoria Baynes of Empower Magazine. A family member of Debbie Allen accepted on her behalf.
Freje Randall (top—c); Debbie Allen
The gala showcased an arrangement of beautifully decorated tables, a silent auction, wine assortment from B’s Wine Bar and vendors. Guests dined on Blackened Chicken, Zydeco Pasta, Veggie DuJour, Parade of Salads, Assorted Fresh Bread and Mardis Gras Tea all provided by Chef DC Williams of HotSpicyCool.Biz. The Andance Jr. Company entertained the crowd with several outstanding performances. Music was provided by Dominque Jordan & DJ’s Combo Band and a history of the Edison Arts Foundation was provided through a video presentation by Meeko TV.
A highlight of the evening came from the City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner who presented the City of Houston Proclamation to The Edison Arts Foundation; before exiting the podium he reminded the guests that “art is important in the community!”
Top—Andance Jr. Company
Bottom—Mayor Sylvester Turner, Charity Carter, Freje Randall, Ron Reynolds and Andance Jr. Company
Freje Randall had this to say to the audience members while accepting her award, “You can achieve your dreams!” The teen will soon train with Debbie Allen and has already met the likes of ballerina greats Lauren Anderson and Misty Copeland.
Founder Charity Carter ended the ceremony with closing remarks thanking each and every person there for a successful time.
Chauncy Glover with The Edison Arts Foundation Board of Director Member Crystal Edwards
Top l— Darlette Johnson Bailey, Freje Randall, Charity Carter; Top r– La Trisha McIntosh., Crystal Edwards., La Tasha Taylor.
Middle l— Dr. Jonita Wallace Reynolds; Middle R—Bertha Edison, Carl David Evans, Charity Carter, Troy Carter
Bottom l—La Trisha M., Charity Carter, La Tasha T. Bottom r—Mayor Turner and Carl David Evans
Edison Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit fine arts organization established for the educational and charitable purpose of producing and developing a cultural and performing arts program for children, adults, and families throughout the community.
Slogan: Strengthening the Family. Bridging the Community. Developing the Arts.
Core Values: Family. Community. Arts.
For more on The Edison Arts Foundation visit http://edisonartsfoundation.org/
Photos courtesy of The Edison Arts Foundation/Beautifully Said Magazine
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