Monday, May 23, 2011

2011 Bronx Ball a Huge Success

Please excuse my lack of posts during the last few days. Besides organizing and executing the 1st ever Bronx Week Film Festival ,with my partners at Olympia Film Locations Inc., I also enjoyed many of the Bronx Week activities.

Below is the press release about the Bronx Ball, sent prior to this Saturday’s gala from the Bronx Borough Presidents press office. Each year Bronx Week concludes with a black tie gala. Even though it did rain over 600 tickets were sold and attendance surpassed prior years. This year’s calendar of events, listing the activities scheduled, filled a twelve page magazine. The celebration truly does grow and get better each year. If you missed this year’s activities and wish to participate next year, please be on the lookout for information on the following web site;

Bronx Week is held annually in May, so I would start logging to the above web site in April. In addition, activities are posted year long for anyone wishing to see what fun activities the Bronx has available before next years Bronx Week festivities are posted.

Each year Bronx residents who have made their mark on society are honored with their induction to the Bronx Walk of Fame. As stated below, this year’s inductees were Chazz Palminteri, Irene Cara, Charles Latibeaudiere and Joy Bryant. I enjoyed hearing each speak, but must admit I loved hearing Chazz Palminteri’s story about how after failing to make it as an actor in Hollywood he wrote “A Bronx Tale” and had Hollywood come to him. It was interesting to learn how much of “A Bronx Tale” was based on his life experiences including his first love to an African American at age 17 in a time when race relations were very different.

Another treat of the evening was meeting the man who started Bronx Week 40 years ago. His name is Professor Lloyd Ultan. He is the official Bronx Historian. He is a wealth of knowledge and a total pleasure to speak with. The celebration originally started out as one day event. He introduced the idea after discovering that similar Bronx pride festivals were organized prior to the Great Depression.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make this weeks Bronx Week a huge success.


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr honors the best of the Bronx at the Borough’s Ball

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr will host the Annual Bronx Ball, a party honoring this year's inductees into the Bronx Walk of Fame. This black-tie awards gala brings together the Bronx’s business, arts and civic leaders to welcome home Bronx-born celebrities.

The Bronx Ball pays tribute to those proud Bronx natives who Borough President Diaz will induct into the Bronx Walk of Fame the following morning. The Class of 2011 inductees are: Chazz Palminteri, who wrote and starred in “A Bronx Tale” and then turned it into an award-winning stage production; Irene Cara, Grammy and Golden Globe winner, Joy Bryant, actress and former fashion model who currently stars in Parenthood; and Charles Latibeaudiere, Co-Executive Producer of TMZ.

The honorees will be inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame on Sunday, May 22, at 11:00AM on the Grand Concourse at 161st Street. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will unveil permanent street signs bearing their names.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21
TIME: 6:00 PM
WHERE: Under a tent at Orchard Beach

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