Harlem School of the Arts threw a masked ball at the Plaza: PHOTOS

Alfred Preisser (Theatre Program Director, Harlem School of the Arts) and guest
Alfred Preisser (Theatre Program Director, Harlem School of the Arts) and guest

What better way to raise money for the arts than a gala held on Halloween? That was the thinking behind this year’s Harlem School of the Arts gala, which happened Monday night at the Plaza.

Gala greeters
Gala greeters

The masquerade ball was held in the the Grand Ballroom and raised $1 million for the famous arts school. Guests enjoyed performances from current students and alumni, as well as a live auction.

Eric Pryor (President of HSA) and wife Monique Pryor
Eric Pryor (President of HSA) and wife Monique Pryor

Notable guests of the event included actor Sanaa Lathan, who received the Visionary Artist Award; producer/director Stan Lathan, who received the Visionary Artist Award; singer/songwriter and pianist Michael Feinstein, who received the Dorothy Maynor Award; author and executive director at Morgan Stanley Sandra L. Richards, who received the Betty Allen Lifetime Achievement Award; anchor for NBC 4 David Ushery, who was the master of ceremony, and auctioneer CK Swett who led the live auction.

HSA student dancers
HSA student dancers
Charles Hamilton (Chairman, HSA Board of Directors) and guest
Charles Hamilton (Chairman, HSA Board of Directors) and guest
Eric Pryor (President of HSA) and guest
Eric Pryor (President of HSA) and guest
Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Michael Feinstein (Singer/Songwriter and Pianist), Tamara Tunie (Actress), and Eric Pryor (President, Harlem School of the Arts
Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Michael Feinstein (Singer/Songwriter and Pianist), Tamara Tunie (Actress), and Eric Pryor (President, Harlem School of the Arts
Sanaa Lathan (Actor) Recipient of the Visionary Artist Award
Sanaa Lathan (Actor) Recipient of the Visionary Artist Award
Sanaa Lathan, Stan Lathan, Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair) and guests
Sanaa Lathan, Stan Lathan, Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair) and guests
Charles Hamilton (Chairman, HSA Board of Directors) presenting at the gala
Charles Hamilton (Chairman, HSA Board of Directors) presenting at the gala
Alfred Preisser (Theatre Program Director, Harlem School of the Arts) and guest
Alfred Preisser (Theatre Program Director, Harlem School of the Arts) and guest
Michael Feinstein (Singer/Songwriter and Pianist) and Tamara Tunie (Actress)
Michael Feinstein (Singer/Songwriter and Pianist) and Tamara Tunie (Actress)
Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Cicely Tyson (Actress), Sandra L. Richards (Author & Executive Director at Morgan Stanley)
Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Cicely Tyson (Actress), Sandra L. Richards (Author & Executive Director at Morgan Stanley)
HSA student performing Billy Elliot
HSA student performing Billy Elliot
Masters of Ceremony, David Ushery (Anchor for NBC 4 New York) and his co-host for the evening
Masters of Ceremony, David Ushery (Anchor for NBC 4 New York) and his co-host for the evening
HSA dancers performing
HSA dancers performing
Janice Savin Williams (HSA honorary committee chair), Charles Hamilton, Michael Feinstein, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lathan and Eric Pryor
Janice Savin Williams (HSA honorary committee chair), Charles Hamilton, Michael Feinstein, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lathan and Eric Pryor
Alexander Smalls, Michael Feinstein, Cicely Tyson, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lee and Eric Pryor
Alexander Smalls, Michael Feinstein, Cicely Tyson, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lee and Eric Pryor
HSA students
HSA students
Leon (Actor) and guest
Leon (Actor) and guest
Taylor and Angie Dees, Eric and Monique Pryor, Raymond Chick (Sr. Dir. of Business for truTV) and Lisa Chick
Taylor and Angie Dees, Eric and Monique Pryor, Raymond Chick (Sr. Dir. of Business for truTV) and Lisa Chick