Birthday Benefit Bash
A Smash Hit For Bay Street Theatre
July 30, 2006 - Sag Harbor, NY – Camille and Kelsey Grammer hosted this year’s Summer Gala Benefit Bash celebrating Bay Street Theatre’s 15th season of professional regional theatre. The birthday bash took place on Saturday, July 29 at Harding Farm on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton.
“This event is Bay Street’s biggest fundraiser of the year and we are thrilled that it was such a success. A lot of people do not realize that as a not-for-profit theatre, our ticket sales account for only 50% of our expenses, and events like the Gala are vitally important,” says Stephen Hamilton, Executive Director. “We celebrated our 15th birthday in a big way.”
“We’re so grateful to Martin Harding for sharing his beautiful property with us,” said Julie Fitzgerald, Director of Development for Bay Street Theatre.
The evening started with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, reception and a silent auction with temptations such as 2 premium tickets to Barbra Streisand’s upcoming concert at Madison Square Garden, a walk-on in FX Network’s “Rescue Me” starring Dennis Leary, a treasure chest of Truman Capote memorabilia, house seats for Broadway shows, a Tiffany Mark watch, sports packages, catered dinner parties, celebrity memorabilia and much more.
After the reception, guests were invited into the dinner tent where the music of the Hank Lane Revue had guests immediately dancing. The room was decorated in yellow, white and red. Camille and Kelsey Grammer were introduced as hosts for the evening and entertainment followed with performances by Euan Morton and members of the cast of Bay Street’s production of The Who’s Tommy.
The entertainment also included the announcement of the World Premiere of a new musical slated for production in the 2007 Target Mainstage Season at Bay Street,
Last Dance, which features the music of disco legend Paul Jabara. The performers sang a medley from the show including Last Dance and We're Gonna Win, a song recorded but never released by Disco star Donna Summer.
Guest Auctioneer for the “Live” Fantasy auction was veteran actor and director Danny Gerroll, who will be directing Bay Street’s upcoming production of Darwin In Malibu, by Crispin Whittell (August 15 – September 30 with the the cast of Anna Chlumsky (My Girl I and II), Richard Easton (Tony Award winner), Neal Huff (Tony nominee) and Hal Linden (Tony Award winner; Barney Miller).
Hal Linden and Kelsey Grammer also helped out with some of the “Live” auction items that included brunch with Alec Baldwin at Estia’s Little Kitchen, a personal home phone answering machine message recorded by Kelsey Grammer, an American Express Dream Vacation, a weekend package at The Venetian’s 3,000 square foot Presidential Suite, original “Eloise” artwork commemorating Bay Street’s 15th Birthday and walk-on role in next year’s 2007 Target Mainstage Season World Premiere production of Last Dance.
The evening also included a sit-down dinner, catered by Robbins Wolfe eventeurs, including miniature 15th Bay Street birthday cakes for all the guests.
Among the over 500 people in attendance were Darren Bagert, Kate Burton, Walter & Molly Channing, Ana Daniel, Jamie DeRoy, Stuart Epstein, Steven Flaherty, Frank Filipo, Patricia Kalember, Martin Harding, Judith Hope, Steve Kroft, Bonnie Conley and Stewart Lane, Jim Larocca, Steve & Colleen Levy, Joanna & Steve Meringoff, Jeff Pfieifle, Daniel & Joanna Rose, Andy Sabin , B. Smith and Dan Gasby, Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson, Tony & Gen Walton, Don Zacharia and Robert Zimmerman.
Sponsors for Bay Street’s 2006 Summer Gala included leading sponsor Target, Allan M. Schneider Associates, Inc., American Express Company, Bridgehampton Florist, Channing Daughters Winery, Martin P. Harding, KeySpan, Party Rentals, Ltd.; Robbins Wolfe eventeurs, Searles Graphics, Southampton Publick House and Suffolk County National Bank.
The funds generated from the Gala also help support The Comedy Club at Bay Street, KidStreet – programming for young audiences, The Picture Show at Bay Street and the Educational Outreach Initiative that includes a Summer College Internship program, Continuing Classes and the Young Playwrights Program, bringing theater arts education to students throughout the East End’s middle and high schools. Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit regional theatre providing quality entertainment for the East End and beyond.
See photos of Euan at the Summer Gala Benefit Bash