NEW YORK — Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley will be one of seven honorees next Thursday at the Abyssinian Development Corp.’s Ninth Annual Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast, a group for whom he has raised roughly $100,000 annually since joining it in 2000.
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Due in large part to Talley’s efforts, Seventh Avenue will show a strong presence at the morning event in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall at City College, on the corner of 138th Street and Convent Ave. Also set to be recognized by the ADC are philanthropists Edith and Henry Everett; Mark Willis, executive vice president of community development at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and Susan Wilcox, Jason Warwin and Khary Lazarre-White, co-directors of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol organization.
Sheena Wright, president and chief executive officer of ADC, a nonprofit Harlem developer, projected the funds raised at the breakfast will top last year’s total of $650,000, with $600,000 in cash already raised and matching funds yet to come.
“This year, Ralph Lauren is giving $15,000; Lord and Lady Black are giving $15,000, and Henry and Marie-Josee Kravis are giving $30,000,” noted Talley, who joined ADC at the request of the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts 3rd, Abyssinian Baptist Church pastor and Harlem Renaissance Day co-chair. (Talley has been a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church since 1989.) “Oscar and Annette de la Renta, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Gucci have consistently been supportive since 2000,” Talley added.
The guest list for the breakfast includes Mayor Bloomberg, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik America owner George Malkemus and Prada p.r. chief Katherine Ross.
The ADC builds retail, office, housing and education projects in Harlem. It is completing construction of the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Social Change, the first new high school to be built in Harlem since 1938, which is scheduled to open in December.
ADC projects in early stages, Wright said, include redevelopment of the Renaissance Ballroom and neighboring YMCA, at 138th Street and Seventh Avenue, for retail, office, restaurant and residential use, and rehabilitations of eight low-income housing units and 11 middle-income brownstones.