The Cecil Steakhouse 206 West 118th Street
Harlem Born Actress Kim Fields, Harlem Fashion Icon Dapper Dan, Fox News T.V. Personality Arthel Neville, and Emmy Award-Winning Meteorologist Bill Evans, To Host 4th Annual Harlem Holiday Jazz Tree Lighting At The Historic Minton’s Playhouse
Celebrated Harlem Actress Kim Fields, Harlem Fashion Icon Dapper Dan, Fox News T.V. Anchor Arthel Neville, Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist Bill Evans, will be hosting the 4th Annual Uptown Holiday Jazz Tree Lighting Festival and Ceremony.
This exciting event will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The day will kick off with indoor and outdoor holiday activities for children such as face painting and feature a Jazz education program and performances to share holiday cheer.
The Holiday Jazz Tree Lighting will take place that evening at the national historical landmark, The Cecil and Minton’s Playhouse, and begins at 7:30. This community driven program will include Harlem leadership, elected officials and partner organizations. Both the indoor and outdoor program will include a VIP reception, food and hot beverages, local celebrity and jazz performances.
Kim Fields was born on May 12, 1969, in Harlem, New York. Her mother, Laverne ‘Chip’ Fields is an actress and television director. She has a younger sister, Alexis Fields, who is also an established actress.
Kim Fields stepped into the arena of acting when she was quite young. She got her first major role at the age of 9. In 1979, she was selected for portraying the role of Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey, a boarding school resident, for the sitcom, ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’ Though she played her part in only five episodes, it marked the beginning of the progress in her career.
When ‘The Facts of Life,’ a spin-off of ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ was produced, Kim got the role of ‘Tootie’ once again. This turned out to be one of the longest aired sitcoms on ‘NBC.’ It was telecast from 1979 to 1988. This character made Kim highly popular among viewers. Even today, viewers remember the gossipy ‘Tootie’ and her mannerisms.
Kim Fields currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Christopher Morgan, and their 8-year-old and 20-month-old sons. A pop culture icon and veteran actress/director, Kim became a household name after starring in several hit sitcoms including Facts of Life and Living Single. Although Kim may be new to the reality television world, she is no stranger to being in the global spotlight.
Kim continues to lead a busy Hollywood life by regularly appearing in film, television, and theatre productions. When she’s not in front of the camera, directing and producing projects, or speaking and motivating audiences, Kim is constantly working to grow her brand. Between creating the holiday entertainment brand Holiday Love, directing well-known shows including Kenan & Kel, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns, and launching her own entertainment networks, she is a woman of many talents. Approaching her 40th year in entertainment, Kim strives to maintain the perfect work/life balance. Although Kim continues to juggle her demanding career and multiple business ventures, she always keeps her faith and family a top priority.
With her vivacious, engaging, easy, witty and smart style Arthel Neville has a unique blend of personality and credibility that puts her in a class of her own: a journalist who covers international news and a premier celebrity interviewer. “From China to china, Lagos to Lego’s, Turkey to frying a turkey,” is how she sums up her distinctive ability to toggle between hard news and entertainment with poise.
Arthel is currently the anchor of America’s News Headquarters on FOX News, the top-rated weekend cable newscast. She blazed a storied trail along the way: Personally hired by CNN’s CEO Walter Isaacson as the first African American woman with her own signature show on the iconic cable news network, Talkback Live with Arthel Neville! Launching Extra for Telepictures-Warner Brothers! Hosting and producing over 200 interviews with Hollywood’s A-list for her show on E! becoming the nation’s first high-profile African American female entertainment reporter! Being hand-picked by Dick Clark to be his co-host of the Miss Teen USA Pageant! Co-hosting the Miss Universe Pageant to a worldwide audience of over 60 million people! Garnering critical acclaim for her international coverage of Hurricane Katrina in her beloved hometown New Orleans.
Arthel has been often been called in as a fixer: Taking a popular Los Angeles-based morning show, Good Day LA, to a national audience(Good Day Live)!Launching and driving another local So-Cal morning show, Fox 5 Morning News, to #1 in one year.
Her personal mantra “Who said I couldn’t do it?” serves as a reminder of her proud accomplishments. A longtime trailblazer, Arthel shows no signs of stopping.
William Howard “Bill” Evans (born July 16, 1960) is an American meteorologist and the former senior meteorologist for WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York City.
Evans’s broadcasting career began at the age of 13 in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi on WDAL Radio and WTOK-TV. He attended Mississippi State University, where he studied business administration, and Jackson State University, where he studied meteorology.
In 1985 the National Weather Service named him “Outstanding Meteorologist” for his forecasting and reporting during Hurricane Elena.
Before coming to New York, Evans was meteorologist for WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama and was morning show host on WABB-FM. He also held similar jobs in Dallas, as both meteorologist at WFAA-TV and morning show host for KHYI-FM.
Evans was the Senior Meteorologist for Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon. He is now on WLNG Radio.
Evans is a 15-time Emmy award winner for “Outstanding On-Camera Achievement in Weather Broadcasting.” He had been with WABC-TV since December 13, 1989.
In 2016 Evans was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
For years he played himself in The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Evans has also played Lumiere (the candlestick) on Broadway in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. He also appears on ESPN Sports Center and The Michael Kay Show on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM. Evans has appeared on the show “How Stuff Works” on the Discovery Channel and Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Evans also reports the weather for 95.5, WPLJ-FM and sister stations NASH FM 94.7 and 77WABC in New York City.
On December 14, 2018, Evans and his wife Sandra Foschi purchased WLNG in Sag Harbor, New York.
Evans helps raise funds for children’s charities Babies Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Junior Achievement, and the National Young Adult Institute. He also hosts golf tournaments to raise funds for The Red Cross of New Jersey and Special Olympics of New York.
Event Date/Time: December 4, 2019
11:00-3:00 PM Children’s Holiday Jazz Education Program and Luncheon
6:00-7:30 PM VIP Reception and Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:30-9:00 PM Uptown Holiday Jazz Tree Lighting Ceremony
9:00-11:00 Post Tree Lighting Ceremony VIP Reception
Event Location: Minton’s Playhouse/Cecil Steakhouse
210 West 118th ST
New York, NY 10026
Event Hosts: Raphael Benavides, Owner/Operator
Raymond P. Lewis, President, RP Lewis Associates
Emcees: Kim Fields, Actress
Arthel Neville, Fox News T.V. Personality and Anchor
Bill Evans, Media Personality and WLNG 92.1 Meteorologist
Dapper Dan, Harlem Fashion Icon
Invited Guest Speakers:
Dr. Thelma Dye, Executive Director and CEO, Northside Center for Child
Honorable New York State Supreme Court Justice Tanya R. Kennedy
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
New York State Assemblywoman Inez Dickens
New York State Senator Brian Benjamin
Reverend Reginald Lee Bachus, Associate Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist
Minton’s Playhouse Jazz Collective
Uptown Jazz Academy
Northside Center for Child Development African Drummers