The Gordon Parks Foundation 11th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Auction was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Event co-chairs were Alicia Keys and Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder, Janelle Monáe, and Usher IV and Grace Raymond. We honored Jon Batiste, The Honorable John Lewis, Alexander Soros, and Mavis Staples. Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault were presented with the Patron of the Arts Award.
The Gordon Parks Foundation 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Auction was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Event co-chairs were Nejma and Peter Beard, Alicia Keys and Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Usher IV and Grace Raymond, and Alexander Soros. We honored Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Janelle Monáe, and Bryan Stevenson. Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder were presented with the Patron of the Arts Award.
The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction was on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street. The event was co-chaired by Alicia Keys & Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean and Karl Lagerfeld and honored Laurent Claquin, Thornton Dial, JR, Usher Raymond IV, and Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower De Niro.
Our annual gala to honor artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and patrons of the arts and to fundraise for The Gordon Parks Foundation scholarships and programming. Honored Irvin Mayfield, Lorna Simpson, Vera Wang and Ed Zwick and presented the Patron of Arts Award to Mellody Hobson & George Lucas.
The Gordon Parks Foundation Award was presented to Peter Beard, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Donna Karan and Carrie Mae Weems. The awards were presented by Theodore Stebbins, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Deborah Willis. President Bill Clinton was Honorary Chair and Alicia Keys and Karl Lagerfeld were the Co-Chairs. Brian Stokes Mitchell was the evening's Master of Ceremonies. 7 scholarships were also awarded to students at SUNY Purchase, Ghetto Film School, YoungArts, Rush Philanthropic and Harlem School of the Arts. The award is given to individuals who have enriched our lives in ways that reflect Gordon’s ideas and goals of using creative means to change and educate the world.
On Tuesday, June 5th, The Gordon Parks Foundation honored singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and HBO's Co-President Richard Plepler. The presenters were John Legend, Paul Roth and Senator Christopher Dodd. Anderson Cooper was the host and Karl Lagerfeld and Gerhard Steidl were the Chairs. 2012 marked a milestone for the Foundation and featured an array of events which included a major museum exhibition, the publication of a 5-volume boxed set, gallery exhibitions, film screenings and centennial scholarships which support the arts.
The third Gordon Parks Awards Dinner honored Arianna Huffington, Karl Lagerfeld, Spike Lee, Sir Ken Robinson and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. The Awards were presented by Tim Armstrong, Blue Man Group, Richard Plepler, Emily Rafferty and Ingrid Sischy. Iman served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Foundation also launched the HBO/Gordon Parks Film Scholarship which was awarded to Alma Rosario, a student at the Ghetto Film School.
The Gordon Parks Foundation Award is given to outstanding individuals whose contributions to the arts reflect four principles that Gordon demonstrated throughout his life: courage, vision, compassion and dignity. In 2009, the theme was fashion in honor of Gordon's career as a fashion photographer. The honorees were model and activist, Liya Kebede, activist and philanthropist, Russell Simmons, designer Isabel Toledo, and photographer/filmmaker, Bruce Weber. Bethann Hardison, Richard Plepler, Ruben Toledo and Anna Wintour served as presenters. André Leon Tally was the Master of Ceremonies. The Foundation also launched the Nikon/Gordon Parks photography scholarship which was awarded to Chiara Marinai, a student at SUNY Purchase College.
The Gordon Parks Foundation hosted its inaugural Awards Dinner and honored Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sheila Nevins and Gloria Vanderbilt. The awards were presented by Richard D. Parsons, Diane von Furstenberg and Ingrid Saunders Jones. Anderson Cooper served as the Master of Ceremonies.