Tyler Perry Gifts Harlem’s Famous Apollo Theater $500,000 at Its Annual Spring Benefit

Tyler Perry gifted the famous Harlem music hall with a $500,000 donation after Whoopi Goldberg presented him with an award on Monday. / Getty

It pays to honor billionaire filmmaker Tyler Perry.

After Whoopi Goldberg presented him with the Impact Award at the theater’s spring benefit on Monday, Perry was so “moved and inspired” that he gifted the famous Harlem music hall with a $500,000 donation.

“I want to say, thank you… when you are honored by a legacy, a history that is as rich as the Apollo, you have to honor that,” he said.

The famous theater has helped launch some of music’s biggest acts including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill and Stephanie Mills, who made a special appearance at the gala.

Perry encouraged the crowd to “remember the history, and on this stage, and in this building, there have been some legends… don’t ever take this place for granted,” he said, before surprising the theater with the generous donation.

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SOURCE: Page Six, Carlos Greer