Babalu Latin Restaurant, the popular Pan-Latin restaurant named a Bronx neighborhood gem by Zagat, has been chosen to cater Lehman Center for the Performing Arts’ upcoming fundraising event, “An Evening with Kerry Washington,” on June 14.
Babalu will serve hors d’oeuvres and desserts from executive celebrity chef Alex Garcia, as well as a selection of wines, during the reception that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts lobby. The reception will be followed at 8 p.m. by an exciting event hosted by Scandal star and Bronx native Kerry Washington. Among the night’s guests are Washington’s Scandal co-star, Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis, and Chris Gillespie, a regular performer at New York’s famed Carlyle Hotel.
"Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is an important and valuable cultural institution for the Bronx and Metropolitan area. Through its programming it provides diverse educational and cultural music and dance performances that enrich the lives of the people in the Community As a lifelong Bronx resident I know how important it is to have access to the enrichment Lehman Center provides,” says Valerie Washington, vice chairman of the Lehman Center of the Performing Arts Board of Directors. “An Enchanted Evening hosted by my daughter Kerry with outstanding performers Norm Lewis and Chris Gillespie and his trio will be an interesting, exciting evening of entertainment and delicious tastes. My husband and I are both fans of Babalu Restaurant and can’t wait to enjoy eating their delicious variety of Latino foods again at the restaurant and at this exciting event.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of the planning committee for this special event, which directly supports the work of Lehman Center in bringing the arts to our community,” says Andrea Rockower, a member of the Lehman Center of the Performing Arts Board of Directors. “With delicious food, Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, and elegant music, it will surely be an evening to remember!”
“As an actor and arts advocate, Kerry is delighted to spend time in the Bronx and help the Center in these efforts,” says Washington. “The proceeds from this fundraiser will help the Center continue to provide quality, multicultural programs. I hope the community will come out to support the Center"
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 1980 to provide the residents of the Bronx and surrounding communities with access to affordable, culturally-diverse music, dance and theatre performances that entertain, educate, and inspire. The Center’s 2,310-seat Concert Hall, the largest professional venue in the borough, showcases the work of international, national and local performing artists and serves a diverse audience, including many senior citizens and young families with children.