Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Montclair Film, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, the First Congregational Church and Nassan's Place were honored at Vanguard Theater Company's Annual Gala at The Loft in Montclair on November 3, 2018, at 7PM. Honorees and guests celebrated Vanguard's mission of D.R.E.A.M. - Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship.

Recently awarded a program grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and an increased general operations commitment from TeeRico, Vanguard had much to celebrate. "We were thrilled to raise much needed funds to extend quality mentorship and education opportunities to all students interested in the performing arts, while thanking our collaborators and sponsors for their support of artistic excellence," says Janeece Freeman Clark, Artistic Director and Co-Founder.

Frank Kitchen of Star Benefit Auctions led the festivities, which included performers from Vanguard shows.

"There has never been a more important time to emphasize diversity. Diversity involves more than just race - it includes culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and so much more. Even though we know that diversity and inclusion inject a wider range of skill sets, experience, cultures, and abilities into our lives, it doesn't come easy. At Vanguard, we do the work required when you bring people together from all walks of life. By truly practicing the art of inclusion - we are changing lives, person by person. On stage and off, our participants feel free to be themselves, unapologetically, and they truly appreciate and celebrate each other's gifts and differences," continues Freeman Clark.

"Above all, we know how to put on a good show," adds Jessica Sporn, Managing Director. "For this special event- we pulled our all the stops. It was a night to remember."

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Vanguard Theater Company Board of Directors at Vanguard's Gala on November 3, 2018 at The Loft in Montclair.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Tom Hall (Montclair Film), Jessica Sporn (Managing Director, Vanguard Theater Company), Geraldine Leer (Manifest NBC) at the Vanguard Theater Company Gala.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Jessica Sporn, Leah Jenea, & Janeece Freeman Clark, at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Vanguard Theater Company presents awards to Nassan's Place, the First Congregational Church of Montclair, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, TeeRico by Lin Manuel Miranda, & Montclair Film

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Shari Dreier and Alex Dreir at the Vanguard Theater Company Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Amari Key, DJ Clark, DWayne Clark, and Troi Gaines perform My Shot at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Yasmeena Sharif, Jaci Coleman, Cameron Dickson, Alexander Wolfe, Eila Francis, Molly Jane Boyle, Rowan Wechsler and Abigail Sebastian at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Branden Mangen, Diana Alvarez, BriAnna Johnson, Samy Cordero, Silas Silverman-Stoloff, Chad Navarro, Indigo Blu, Toni Gardner, Leah Jenea, Marcus Scott, Amari Key, and Troi Gaines at the Vanguard Thea

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Geraldine Leer of Manifest NBC at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Donna Scro, Freespace Dance Company, at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
The artists of TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Patrisha Gibson and Jessica Sporn at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Janice Johnson Dias and Janeece Freeman Clark at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Luis Crespo, Luz Miranda Crespo, Jessica Sporn, Janeece Freeman Clark at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

Photo Flash: Montclair Film, TEERICO By Lin Manuel Miranda, GrassROOTS Foundation And More Honored at Vanaguard Gala
Janeece Freeman Clark, Artistic Director, and Jessica Sporn, Managing Director, at Vanguard Theater Company's Gala on November 3, 2018.

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