Written by | Ray Cornelius

Tony winning-Broadway director Kenny Leon hosted his annual Celebrity Gala Saturday night at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum in Atlantic Station.  The invitation only fundraiser is Leon’s signature event that raises money for his beloved August Wilson Monologue Competition. Each spring, hundreds of drama students around the country compete for scholarships and a chance to perform Wilson’s classic works at the national finals in New York City.

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Tichina Arnold and Gala attendees

A number of Leon’s celebrity friends along with other Atlanta tastemakers and influencers were in attendance to support the cause including “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Tichina Arnold, TV/Film and Broadway actress Jasmine Guy, political commentator Roland Martin, actor and reality star Flex Alexander, BronzeLens Film Festival creator Kathleen Bertrand, “Living Single” alum T.C. Carson, TV/film star Leon and “Colony” actor Tory Kittles.IMG_4963

Elijah Kelley and Flex Alexander

Also spotted were “The Wiz Live”actors Shanice Williams and Elijah Kelley, HGTV personality Egypt Sherrod, “A Diffferent World” alum Glen Turman, NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving, veteran actor Earl Billings, comedienne Myra J, singer D. Woods, reality star Althea “Thi Thi” Heart, “Saints and Sinners” actress Dawn HalfKenny, stars of OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” Crystal Fox and Danielle Deadwyler and “Match Made In Heaven” bachelor Stevie Baggs.

Versatile actress, producer and director Terri J. Vaughn served as one of this year’s Gala Chairs along with Atlanta business women Noni Ellison and Charmaine Ward. Media personality Frank Ski served as the evening’s host.

Check out all of the photos below and click here to donate:

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Charmaine Ward and Egypt Sherrod with Mr. and Mrs. Clark

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T.C. Carson

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Crystal Fox and Daniel Deadwyler 

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Actors – E. Roger Mitchell, John Beasley and Skeeter Williams

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Terri J. Vaughn

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Leon and daughter Noelle Robinson

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Charmaine Ward with Remy Toh and guest

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 “The Wiz Live” stars Shanice Williams and Elijah Kelley

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Dawn Halfkenny (red) and guest along with Satchel Jester and Stevie Baggs  

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Kathleen Bertrand and Myra J.

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The Kenny Leon Celebrity Gala featured a lively auction
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Gala Chairs Charmaine Ward, Terri J. Vaughn and Noni EllisonIMG_5037

Tirrell D. Whittley – CEO of Liquid SoulIMG_5064

Holly Firfer – Board President of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre CompanyIMG_5085

Kenny Leon
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Kenny Leon with Dr. J and Glynn Turman

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Students from the “August Wilson Monologue Competition”

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Julius “Dr. J” Erving with Gala Chair Charmaine Ward

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Media Personality Frank Ski

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Flex Alexander with Althea “Thi Thi” Heart 

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Roland Martin IMG_4958

D. Woods with Justin Jordan and Gala attendee

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Tory Kittles and guest

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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