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The Art Of Elysium Held Their Tenth Annual Black Tie Artistic Experience “Heaven” Honors Stevie Wonder As 2017 Visionary

The Art of Elysium kicked off their 20 year anniversary by holding their Tenth Annual Black Tie celebration, “Heaven,” the night before the Golden Globes on Saturday, January 7th at Red Studios in Hollywood. The event was chaired by Christine and Dr. Gabriel Chiu, Sarah and Gary Magness and Kaily and Adam Westbrook. During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on Moet and Heineken and danced to the sounds of DJ Chris Holmes. Under the direction of Marianne Lewis, the Unconditional Soul Choir performed the song People Get Ready as everyone headed to the dining room for dinner.

For dinner, chef and owner of INK, Michael Voltaggio, prepared a sensory feast. While guests sat in the dark, Voltaggio asked guests to use their senses while eating. Before the food was served, he directed guests to put on their REVE sunglasses to heighten their senses, playing into Stevie Wonder’s vision of Heaven. During dinner, Art of Elysium founder, Jennifer Howell and Chairman of the Board, Tim Headington presented actress Camilla Belle with her “Spirit of Elysium” award. Then, Jennifer Howell, James Franco and Vince Jolivette unveiled their plans for Elysium Bandini Studios (EBS). Quincy Jones presented Stevie Wonder with the “Visionary Award” and after accepting he delighted guests by performing of some of his greatest hits, including: You Are the Sunshine of My Life and Overjoyed. Jennifer Howell wrapped up the evening by announcing John Legend as the 2018 Visionary.

Photo By: Getty Images for The Art of Elysium

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