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“Cosby Show’ notable to receive debut Santiago-Hudson Legacy Award

Actress Phylicia Rashad, best known as Claire Huxtable on TV’s “The Cosby Show,” will receive he first Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Center Legacy Award at a sold-out gala celebration at 6 p.m. Friday in the studios of WNED-TV, 140 Lower Terrace.

Santiago-Hudson, a Lackawanna native and an award-winning actor and playwright, will present the award. Earlier in the day, Rashad will visit Global Concepts Charter School in Lackawanna, which dedicated its new Fine Arts Center to Santiago-Hudson last year, and speak to the students.

During the celebration, Global Concepts also will honor Anthony C. Conte, president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center; Brenda McDuffie, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Urban League; philanthropists Joan and Peter Andrews; and Tonnalee M. Batchelor, community organizer and founding member of Buffalo Quarters Historical Society.