The Fresh Fruit Festival Awards at The Marquee on April 19 honored eleven outstanding talents whose artistic contributions to the community make New York a better city. Among the honorees were Ellie Covan (upper right) who won the Passion Fruit Award for her work as the executive director of Dixon Place as well as her direction of the plays “Nancy Giles’ Notes of a Negro Neurotic,” and “Black Comedy: The Wacky Side of Racism.” Mark Russell (lower right) won the Papaya Award for his stewardship of the arts in his capacity as artistic director of the legendary P.S. 122. The event was emceed brilliantly and hilariously by the inimitable Murray Hill.
Photo by: Richard Van Lê