Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A note from 2012 Gala Auction Chair - Karen Parrella

August 10, 2011

What a complete blast it has been to serve as Auction Chair of the Playhouse's annual Gala for the past three years. Yes, it is a lot of work but I am always so blown away by the amount of good will out there and how many people LOVE our Westport Country Playhouse and our annual Gala Benefit.  On September 19th, this year's event will be no different.  It is truly a one of kind evening right here in Westport at the Playhouse. Broadway friends of our theater converge for one night to pay tribute to US and help the Playhouse raise important funds to support what has become Fairfield County's non-profit cultural anchor.  With Bernadette Peters being honored and many of our alumni artists returning to celebrate, the stars will truly come out in Westport that night. This year's gala, marking our 80th Birthday, will reflect the glamour and excitement of a 1930s soiree. Imagining what the theater and night life may have been like during its founding year,1931, has been our inspiration.  The gala committee chaired by Kim Harizman has been creating a truly unique gala evening. It has been a fantastic theme to work with and I know the Playhouse will be transformed into something very special that night.    
              
In addition to being a spectacular party and show, the Gala is the Playhouse's most important fundraising event of the year. That is why we work so incredibly hard to make it the best it can be.  Our fabulous Live and Silent Auctions play a vital part to support the productions, educational programs and initiatives that makes the Playhouse so enriching and unique for theater goers of all ages.
                         
As you'd guess, the Gala auction always has incredible house seats and exclusive backstage tours for some of New York's hottest shows and this year will be no different. But I have been so thrilled that this year we have been able to add some great variety; there really is something wonderful for everyone including:
              
               ·        An exotic Hawaiian getaway with deluxe accommodations
              
               ·        A waterfront Mexican Villa
              
               ·        An exquisite pair of earrings from Verdura
              
               ·        Rounds of golf at some of the Northeast's most exclusive courses
              
               ·        Six months of fabulous shoes from Mitchell's
              
               ·        Tickets to NY sporting events
              
These are just the highlights.  On the evening of September 19th, this year's Gala auction will be brimming over with exciting and new packages, as well as some perennial favorites. We are incredibly grateful to all those who donate these amazing auction items; from the bottom of our hearts we can't thank them enough.  Every cent of the auction benefits the Playhouse and helps keep this beautiful venue for live theater thriving right here in Fairfield County.  We are counting on your generosity to make this year's event a huge success! See you at the Gala!
              
Warmly,
              
Karen Parrella

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