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Posted: 2018-12-06 12:45:00

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest, non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization, partnered with Debbie Allen, to host “Keeping the Promise – 1,000,000 Lives in Care: Celebrating Icons of Dance,” a free, star-studded event, which took place at the historic Apollo Theater on this past Friday, November 30th.

“As AHF continues its global mission to provide cutting-edge medical care to those living with HIV and AIDS regardless of their ability to pay, the World AIDS Day event at the Apollo recognized a momentous milestone for AHF: as we now have over one million lives in care!” said Michael Weinstein, President of AHF. "As part of the evening, we were pleased to also honor, recognize and celebrate the exemplary work of icon, Debbie Allen, who throughout her career has been a strong and steadfast voice in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Ms. Allen was presented AHF’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, which the organization has only previously presented only once – to the legendary artist, humanitarian and activist, Harry Belafonte."

The evening included presentations by an array of cultural icons, including George Faison, Phylicia Rashad, prima ballerina, Misty Copeland and a special musical tribute by the original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday. The line-up of performances was a who’s-who in dance, including Philadanco, The Syncopated Ladies, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Ailey II, Jason Samuels Smith and The Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The powerful evening also included tributes to dance legends that have died due to AIDS related complications, including Ulysses Dove, Michael Peters, Gene Anthony Ray, Michael Bennett, Rudolph Nuryev and Alvin Ailey. A special tribute was also be given to legendary dancer/choreographer and co-founder of The Dance Theater of Harlem, Arthur Mitchell, for his leadership in civil rights, through the genre of dance.

The powerful evening attracted a diverse array of luminaries including Norm Nixon, Award

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