The Apollo Theater Continues the Legacy Supporting Arts Education

April 15, 2016

Since 2007, I have worked closely with the world famous Apollo Theater to help identify donors, plan events and raise awareness about the Apollo’s education programs.  I have gained far more than I have given working with Jonelle Procope and her team over the last 9 years.   The steady growth of the theater during Jonelle’s tenure is a stunning example of excellence.  Observing her talent at bringing together people who equally understand and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience art, I have learned so much about what it means to be a citizen who pays it forward.

In 2015, along with Marilyn Booker & Erika Liles, I enthusiastically agreed to co-chair Apollo EmpowHer (“EmpowHer”), the Apollo’s newly formed womens’ committee.   EmpowHer is a group of dynamic, diverse and accomplished women working to develop and raise funds for even better opportunities and programs for children and teens experiencing the Apollo education programs.  Members come together for networking opportunities, fundraising events and other activities to connect with the Apollo, the education programs we are supporting and each other.  If you are interested in hearing more about Apollo EmpowHer and/or joining our efforts, please email Travis Fraser, Director of Major Gifts and Individual Giving at (212) 531-5341.

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Apollo Empower Membership List

As of February 18, 2016


Marilyn Booker, Morgan Stanley

Erika Liles, KWL Solutions

Jacqueline Nickelberry, Jackie Unfiltered

Steering Committee

Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD

Elizabeth Davis, EAD & Associates, LLC

Edith Ginsberg, Citi

Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records

Jeanine Liburd, BET Networks

Rochelle Powell, Prager

Rachel Schluter, PIMCO

Carra Wallace, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

Lana Woods, The Lana Woods Gallery


Taungelia Ambroise, Hair Rules

Dorria Ball, Mondelez International

Terri Borden, WORTH Inc.

Emma Bredin, Citi

Charlane Brown-Wyands, Berkeley College

Betsy Cohen, Teneo Holdings

Eun Sun Chun, 212box

Faith Corbett, NYC College of Technology, CUNY

Janine Dorsett, Levy Holm Pellegrino & Drath

Diana Elghanayan, Philanthropist

Deirdre Guice-Minor, UBS

Suzanne Handal, Resource Event Management

Tamara Harris Robinson, Haramat Advisory Services

Joan Jakobson, Author

Anjelica Kelly, Morgan Stanley

Lorrie King, Simple Ideas, LLC

LaJwanne Louis, L Brands Inc.

Aisha McShaw, Aisha McShaw Consulting

Iva Mills, Philanthropist

Carolyn Minick Mason, Love Notes Events

Brooke G. Neidich, Sidney Garber

Amelia Ogunlesi, Optometrist

Susy Pestana, Philanthropist

Karen C. Phillips, Philanthropist

Jessica Skipper, Philanthropist

Robin Snipes, Dropbox

Kathleen Tait, Philanthropist

Tanya Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide

Josie Thomas, CBS

Lu-Shawn Thompson, Philanthropist

Wendy Washington

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