George Street Playhouse’s Annual Gala – “A Starry Night” – is only a week away (Sunday, May 3), and activity in the building is at a fever pitch. Members of the staff and Gala Committee ventured to The Heldrich to taste and decide on the menu and items are flooding in for our silent auction.
The evening honors two outstanding individuals: Stephen K. Jones, President and CEO of the Robert Wood University Hospital and Health System, and actress, author, producer and philanthropist Marlo Thomas. Mr. Jones will be honored with the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award (presented by its namesake, Former Governor Thomas Kean), and Ms. Thomas will receive the first-ever Arthur Laurents Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement.
The silent auction is one of the highlights of the event, offering vacations, jewelry, tickets to hard-to-come-by Broadway shows and more. Some of this year’s highlights include tickets to It’s Only a Play, the hot comedy starring Nathan Lane; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, the new play that has generated much Tony buzz; and Fun Home, the musical that recently transferred from the Public Theatre.
But the play isn’t the only thing – a private VIP tour for up to six people of the Bronx Zoo, valued at $2,500 is offered, as are vacation homes on Long Beach Island and a Manhattan getaway in a Lincoln Center-area apartment. There is literally something for everyone – from wine aficionados (a Napa Valley trip and tasting) to Walking Dead fans (a boxed DVD set).
But you don’t have to wait until the event to bid on these fabulous items, the online bidding actually starts Friday, April 24. All items currently available may be viewed by visiting www.BidPal.net/GSP15.
So mark your calendars for Sunday May 3. It is sure to be a “Starry Night” in New Brunswick, and some lucky people will leave with some extraordinary loot – all the while helping ensure another 40 years for George Street Playhouse. For information and tickets, call Steve Barry in the Development Office, at 732-846-2895, ext. 144