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Open Hearts and Rainbow Rooms

Originally Posted: March 08, 2006


Julie Andrews at the 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala.

Bay Street Theatre held its 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala at The Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan on Monday, March 6. The black tie event was hosted by Julie Andrews and Alec Baldwin (currently in Entertaining Mr. Sloane).

The evening included entertainment highlighting memories from Bay Street Theatre's 15 year history. Scheduled alumni performers include Bebe Neuwirth, Tony Roberts (currently in Barefoot in the Park), B.D. Wong, Debra Monk, Kate Burton, Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Kenita Miller (currently in The Color Purple), Edward Hibbert, Danny Gerroll, Patricia Kalember and more.

"This was a great opportunity to bring some awesome artists and a terrific audience together to celebrate," says Bay Street Co-founder and Executive Director Stephen Hamilton. "The last 15 years have been an amazing journey, and we marked it with a party to remember!"

The evening's festivities at The Rainbow Room will also included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner and dancing.

"Bay Street is like family to me and I am honored to be a board member," says Julie Andrews. "I am proud to have made my directorial debut there."

Funding from the event goes toward supporting the 2006 Target Mainstage Season, The Comedy Club at Bay Street, KidStreet - programming for young audiences, The Picture Show at Bay Street and Educational Outreach Initiatives: Summer 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's box office opens March 7th for the 2006 Target Mainstage Season, Comedy Club at Bay Street Theatre, Readings at Bay Street and KidStreet. For more information, log on to www.baystreet.org.

Mucho macho cocktails at the Bailey House auction. Photo by
Barry Gordin courtesy of Alchimia Marketing and Public Relations.

House-Home-Hope was the theme of the 18th Annual "Open Your Heart" Auction where the worlds of art, design and fashion converged in support of Bailey House on February 16th. Over 600 guests flowed through the Puck Building to bid on paintings, photographs, furnishings, fashion and more to help the nation's first provider of supportive housing to homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.

Event co-chairs Marc Levine and Jimmy Markee and their extraordinary team of volunteers once again created a lively event with over 300 lots of tempting treasures, a sumptuous buffet, mucho cocktails (thanks to Castle Brands and Boru Vodka) dozens of celebs and probably one of the best looking crowds in town.

Levine's company Model/Bartenders provided the attractive waitstaff and bartenders - many of whom - male of course - were bare-chested with the word "House" or "Home" or "Hope" emblazoned in red glitter on their well defined pecs.

Long time supporter Larry Scott and his Lawrence Scott Events donated the delicious hor d'oeuvres sushi, satay chicken, filet mignon "cigars" and a supper that included well spiced black & white sesame crusted salmon and the best down home meatloaf and scallion scented mashed potatoes.

The honorary chairmen - most of whom were shopping up a storm as well- included All My Children stars Jeff Branson, Thorsten Kaye and Susan Lucci, Natasha Richardson, Susan Sarandon, Michael Corbett, Bruce Sloane, Yvonne Ervin, Dean Labate, Jed Root, Paul Solberg, Rand Skolnick (CEO ,Solgar) and Jesse L. Martin of Law & Order fame.

Guests posed with Abercrombie & Fitch's newest cover boy Maxwell Zagorski and personal portraits by world-renowned photog Chris Makos.

Doug Wilson and friends at the Bailey House auction. Photo by
Barry Gordin courtesy of Alchimia Marketing and Public Relations.

Among those attending were State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, Trading Space's star Doug Wilson. Queer Eye's Carson Kressley (his offering of a day horseback riding in the country with lunch at his home was a hotly contested live auction item) and InStyle's Tim Allis;

As in previous years Mac Viva Glam was a principal sponsor joined this year by Solgar Vitamins, Jed Root Inc., In Style Magazine, The Walt Disney Company and Castle Brands. And as they have over a decade, ABC 7 provided media support. Everyone's favorite weather guy Sam Champion, a fervent supporter, even took to the auction stage to pitch several big-ticket items.

"All of the money raised at this auction will directly help the thousands of homeless people in New York City who are struggling with HIV/AIDS," said Gina Quattrochi, CEO of Bailey House. "Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's auction a huge success, Bailey House can continue to meet the increasing demand for housing and other vital services to New York's neediest."

Whether you went home with a mink jacket, a rare James Rosenquist print, a trip to Brazil or just the goodie laden gift bag, everyone left with a full heart at the opportunity to help an organization that provides so much hope.

For more information about this terrific organization go to www.baileyhouse.org




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