Social Scene: Alvin Ailey Gala Raises $1.2 Million Plus 

On Feb. 7, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual Washington, D.C. Gala Benefit marked the company’s week-long engagement at the Kennedy Center during Black History Month. Approximately 550 guests raised more than $1.2 million in support of Ailey’s Washington area programs, including the creation of new works, Ailey’s educational programs for young people and scholarships for local students to attend the Ailey School in New York City. The gala co-chairs were Lyndon Boozer, Sela Thompson Collins, Lisa Warner Wardell and Yelberton Watkins. 

Maryland Governor Wes Moore and Executive Director Bennett Rink at Ailey’s 2024 Washington D.C. Gala. Photo by Tony Powell.

Board member and gala co-chair Sela Thompson Collins with Ailey Company members at the gala. Photo by Tony Powell.




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