Friars to fete Belafonte

Artist to receive kudos for work as performer, producer, activist

Harry Belafonte will receive the Applause Award at the Friars Foundation’s annual Intl. Gala Dinner & Ball on Monday at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning Belafonte will be honored for his work as a performer, producer, activist and humanitarian. His credits include Broadway turns in “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954) and “Three for Tonight” (1955); roles in features “Carmen Jones” (1954), “Island in the Sun” (1957) and “Kansas City” (1996); and hit albums “Calypso” (1955) and “Belafonte” (1956).

The award comes with a grant to performing arts, educational and charity orgs of the honoree’s choice.

The Friars Foundation, a charitable wing of the New York Friars Club, has made grants totaling more than $1.8 million since its establishment in 1977.