What a great year it has been so far and it’s only half over! Our non-profit division is booming and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we had the opportunity to come aboard and assist Philadelphia Theatre Company with their 36th annual gala! They honored Marilyn and Bob Birnhak that same evening before Tony Award-winning star of Broadway, television, and film Brian Stokes Mitchell performed.
A heartfelt appreciation went out to their generous producing sponsors, including Marilyn and Bob Birnhak, Cozen O’Connor, PNC and Ken and Susan Kaiserman. PTC’s media partner CBS 3 received a special thanks for their ongoing support and especially to Pat Ciarrocchi for being part of the evening’s festivities.
“For almost a decade, CBS 3 has provided Philadelphia Theatre Company with vital media support in the form of PSA’s and other on-air community mentions, access to CBS 3 venues and talent, such as your truly, as well as my wonderful colleagues Kathy Orr, Beasley Reese, Ukee Washington and Bob Kelly, and may other initiatives which have helped strengthen and support both organizations. I am honored to be a part of PTC’s commitment to New American Work, to education and to community outreach,” stated Pat Ciarrocchi.
Philadelphia Theatre Company’s mission is centered on the development and production of imaginative and entertaining contemporary theatre focused on the American experience that both ignites the intellect and touches the soul.
The silent auction was a huge success as guests mingled in the Red & Clover Room at the Hyatt Bellevue while hors d’oeuvres were being butlered.
Steve Katz served as the auctioneer for the evening. Steve is a recognized leader in the Insurance Brokerage business for over 25 years. We were lucky enough that he acted as the live auctioneer extraordinaire for our gala.
The live auction consisted of tickets and signed memorabilia to the Philadelphia Phillies. A trip to Maine, Scotland, Colorado and Africa. There were also tickets to a PLAYBILL play in San Francisco to see “The Scottsboro Boys” as well as a $1800 valued bottle of wine and tickets to the Tony Award Show.
One of the extraordinary assets of Philadelphia is great board members and patrons like Marilyn and Bob Birnhak. Marilyn and Bob Birnhak have been involved in Philadelphia area philanthropy for about 50 years and have been known to say “when good fortune comes your way it should be shared.” They are active in many civic and cultural organizations. The Birnhak’s have not only been generous to PTC– there list of philanthropic endeavors is long. They have been involved with the Drama Guild of Philadelphia, The Medelyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life where they recently dedicated the Birnhak Transitional Center. They have received honors for the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the American History Museum and Magen David Adom.
Before the conclusion of the evening; Tony award winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Broadway powerhouse, film and TV performed for 90 minutes. He has performed in well-known shows such as Man of La Mancha, Kiss me Kate and Ragtime. His TV and Film credits are also lengthy: Trapper John MD, One Last Thing, Crossing Jordan, Fraiser and Glee. He is also quite philanthropic and is an advocate for organizations such as the USO and March of Dimes.
We had a great group of volunteers from U.S. Airways “Do Crew” and PTC’s staff. We introduced some of our favorite industry professionals to Philadelphia Theatre Company whom they brought on board as well.
Darlene Owens-Walls from Precious Petals and Tom Covello from Celebrations Design Group, teamed up to produce some beautiful floral centerpieces, as well as dramatic ostrich feather centerpieces on pewter risers.
No event is ever complete without extravagant lighting- thanks to Brian Toner and the crew from Eventions Productions, they never cease to amaze us and transform a ballroom into something grandois.
Eli Allen of Majestic Images snapped guests photos, which were then printed onsite with a few different backdrops to choose from.
We look forward to working and growing our working relationship with Philadelphia Theatre Company.
Make it a dramatic day!