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Broadway Icon Jennifer Holliday’s 60th Birthday Virtual Concert to Support National Affordable Housing Program

As a part of her 60th birthday celebration, Broadway’s Original Dreamgirl has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) to produce a 2-hour virtual concert event that will support the Healthy Housing Foundation

In recognition of her 60th birthday, Broadway’s original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday, has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) to produce a 90-minute virtual concert event, scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2020, starting at 8:00pm (EST). Tickets, which can be purchased at stellartickets.com, are $20 and $60 for VIP tickets, which includes a virtual meet & greet. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Healthy Housing Foundation, and their critical work in helping individuals and families move from homelessness to housing and providing truly accessible affordable housing for low-income families.

Joined by a six-piece band, Holliday will perform hits from the musical Dreamgirls, a tribute to her childhood idol, Aretha Franklin, and original songs from her diverse repertoire of recordings. The concert will also feature special messages from an array of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carey, Loretta DeVine, Sheryl Lee Ralph and many more.

“Our country is experiencing an affordable housing crisis at epidemic proportions. The Healthy Housing Foundation is committed to using innovative strategies to not only move individuals and families from homelessness to housing, but to also increase truly affordable housing for our most vulnerable population,” stated Anita Castille, AHF Vice-President, “AHF and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition is so pleased to partner with the original Dreamgirl to not only celebrate her 60th birthday, but to have a party with a purpose.”

Most recently seen by audiences from across the globe in her earth-shattering portrayal of Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, two-time Tony and Grammy award-winning artist Jennifer Holliday landed her first big role on Broadway in 1979 at age 19, in the production of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God the same day she auditioned for the show. Only two years later, at age 21, she would land the iconic role of Effie White in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which introduced her soul-stirring vocal abilities to audiences across the globe. Having originated the role of Effie, she remained with the show for nearly four years after its December 20, 1981 opening. During this time, Holliday’s sweep of awards included the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, a Grammy Award and Drama Desk and Theater World awards for her acting performance. Since winning the Tony in 1982 for her performance in Dreamgirls—as well as a Grammy for her pop cover of the anthem “And I Am Telling You”—Holliday has gone on to reprise her performance as Effie White numerous times, including on tour and at the Muny in 2012. Over her extraordinary career, spanning four decades, she has performed in the touring company of Sing, Mahalia, Sing, starred

ICON Health & Fitness Announces $200 Million Growth Investment Led By L Catterton

Investment Will Further Accelerate Growth of Fitness Leader’s Connected Equipment and Industry-leading Subscription Technology Platform iFit

ICON Health & Fitness (“ICON”), the world leader in innovation, design and distribution of connected fitness equipment and software, today announced a $200 million growth investment led by L Catterton, the largest and most global consumer-focused private equity firm, and is joined by existing investor Pamplona Capital Management.

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ICON owns established industry-leading fitness brands NordicTrack®, ProForm® and Freemotion®, which offer connected fitness membership services powered by iFit, the immersive live and on-demand streaming fitness and wellness media platform.

With revenue exceeding $1 billion in the last 12 months (ending September 30, 2020), ICON is the only company which creates connected fitness experiences across multiple brands, multiple product categories and all consumer fitness segments.

The investment will further accelerate ICON’s unique growth strategy of delivering its expansive range of interactive fitness products connected by iFit, the company’s patented content technology and media platform. With approximately 700,000 paid subscribers — and rapidly growing — iFit is enjoyed in the home, at the gym and on-the-go across ICON’s diverse range of products and partnerships.

Scott Watterson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ICON said:

“Health and fitness have never been more important to consumers globally, and we are seeing explosive growth across our subscription software and fitness equipment businesses. We saw this fast-growing demand going into 2020, and this has accelerated sharply as people’s desire to stay healthy has intensified.

“We welcome L Catterton onboard at this incredibly exciting time in our company’s history. L Catterton has an exceptional history of success investing in consumer and fitness businesses. I look forward to working alongside Scott Dahnke and his team as we continue to accelerate growth across our various platforms and distribution channels.

“ICON reaches the fitness industry’s largest total addressable market in North America, Europe and around the world. The vast and expanding global health and fitness market presents a powerful platform for continued growth.

“This funding will further strengthen our leading position in connected fitness and deliver on our mission to help consumers of every demographic and fitness level pursue and achieve their health and fitness goals.”

Scott Dahnke, Global Co-CEO of L Catterton said:

“Over our 31-year history, L Catterton has had extensive experience partnering with leading fitness concepts and conducted proprietary research to understand what the consumer wants.

“We have long admired ICON as a pioneering health and fitness giant, with a core focus on technology, longstanding track record of innovation, and a proven, profitable growth model. As people around the world increasingly seek out new, immersive ways to exercise and stay healthy, ICON’s heritage, offerings, and scale are true differentiators.

“The company’s broad range of products across price points has democratized fitness, making it more accessible to everyone, everywhere. Their established and iconic brands such as NordicTrack and now increasingly iFit, with its significant subscriber growth, set ICON