All Stars Project (ASP) held its national gala benefit entitled, Big
Builders for Young People, on Monday, May 7, at the David H. Koch
Theater at Lincoln Center. Celebrating over 30 years of success of
afterschool programs for inner city youth, the All Stars Project raised $2
million to benefit the All Stars' innovative afterschool youth development
programs. The evening's honorees included Bart M. Schwartz, Esq.
Chairman, Guidepost Solutions and Gregory A. Tosko, Vice Chairman, CBRE
Tri-State Region for their work in creating new possibilities for youth and
communities in especially bold and visionary ways.
L to R: Youth, Bart M. Schwartz, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Gregory A. Tosko, Youth
event showcased the upcoming opening of the All Stars' new facility in Newark,
Jersey, The Scott
Flamm Center for Afterschool Development - a thriving hub of
cultural activities giving young people from the poorest communities
opportunities to work with the best professionals in theatre, business and education.
And, highlighted was the newly formed partnership between the New York City
Police Department (NYPD) and the All Stars Project's program, Operation
Conversation: Cops and Kids, a community relations initiative that brings
together New York City police officers and youth from the community.
Commissioner Raymond Kelly, NYPD, was a special guest.
L to R: Lenora Fulani, Ph.D., Bart M. Schwartz, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Gabrielle L. Kurlander
All Stars Project Groundbreakers Awards were presented to Katori Hall, Broadway
playwright, for her work in helping to open doors for new voices in the
American theatre and Woodie King, Jr., Founder and Producing Director,
New Federal Theatre for his pioneering efforts and outstanding accomplishments
in Black theatre. Katori Hall's play Children of Killers will make
its American premiere at the Castillo Theatre in September 2012. Groundbreaker
Awardees also included David C. Banks, President and CEO, Eagle Academy
Foundation, Valerie and William Bell, Founders, Sean Elijah Bell
Community Center and Anderson J. Franklin, Ph.D. Honorable David S.
Nelson Professor of Psychology
L to R: Desmond Richardson, Valerie Bell, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Lenora Fulani, Ph.D., William Bell
and Education, Boston College.
Dances with Katori Hall, Lenora Fulani, Ph.D., Desmond Richardson, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Woodie King Jr., Pamela A. Lewis
dancer, Desmond Richardson, co-founder and artistic director of
Complexions Dance Company, choreographed a special dance piece featuring 11
inner-city youth performers from the All Stars Project.
The Gala was hosted by Roscoe Orman,
"Gordon" on Sesame Street and featured hip-hop, rap and dance performances by
youth of the All Stars.