More than 600 people celebrated the Ensemble Theatre's 40th anniversary gala at the Hilton Americas-Houston, Saturday, August 20. It was a big night for the Ensemble and for Houston First, which was presented with the Corporate Partner of the Year award by the legendary theatre company. Houston's Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off the evening and HFC's chief administrative officer, John Rolfe served as one of the chairs of the annual fundraising event. John, co-chair Paula McCann-Harris and honorary chair Janiece Longoria are credited with helping raise more than $600-thousand dollars for the Ensemble, the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the southwest and one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility.
John was shining brightly among some of the superstars also honored at the event, including Harry Lennix of NBC's The Black List, Anna Maria Horsford of CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful, and Angela Robinson of the Oprah Winfrey Network's The Haves and Have Nots. Read more about the event in CultureMap and find out more about the Ensemble Theatre.