The Gordon Parks Foundation 11th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Auction was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Event co-chairs were Alicia Keys and Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder, Janelle Monáe, and Usher IV and Grace Raymond. We honored Jon Batiste, The Honorable John Lewis, Alexander Soros, and Mavis Staples. Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault were presented with the Patron of the Arts Award.
"As Gordon Parks' mother used to say 'no excuses.' I hope my work will make a difference just like his has done."