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Bay Street Theatre - Lighting Up The Wharf Once Again

Originally Posted: July 23, 2008

Nicole B. Brewer

John Downing, Adele Roban, Murphy Davis, Sybil Christopher, Caroline Rhea, and
Michael Gelman. Photos by Barry Gordin

Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit Bash, held this past Saturday, July 19 lit up the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor with a not-to-be-missed evening that had it all - a sold-out crowd that was delighted to be at the only cool (literally) place in town at the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. With breezes blowing and a full moon overhead, guests including Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Blythe Danner, Mercedes Ruehl, B. Smith and Dan Gasby, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Stephen Flaherty, Lanford Wilson, and Terrence McNally posed for the cameras and enjoyed a relaxed evening.

With a New York Times headline that day stating the downturn in successful Hamptons Galas, Bay Street's 2008 Summer Gala Benefit proved them wrong - it was a SOLD OUT affair nearly a week in advance, with a waiting list anxious to be a part of the event. Guests enjoyed the festivities that included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a sit-down dinner provided by the celebrated Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs as well as dancing to the sounds of Hank Lane Music. Performances by renowned jazz pianist Judy Carmichael and the cast of Bay Street's upcoming musical production of "Ain't Misbehavin'" (opening Aug. 5) played to the cheering crowd.

Dan Gasby, B. Smith, Judy Carmichael, and Robert Zimmerman.

Attendees again bucked the recession trend with generous offerings at both the silent and live "Fantasy" auctions, with well-known local and national celebrities lending a hand. Comedienne Caroline Rhea ("The Caroline Rhea Show" and "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch") served as Celebrity Guest Auctioneer, aptly assisted by the Executive Producer of "Live With Regis & Kelly", Michael Gelman, Sag Harbor's own B. Smith and Mercedes Ruehl modeled pearl and diamond necklaces up for auction from Jewel of Ocean while Brian Rutter, Director of Sales and Marketing for Delta Air Lines joined the auctioneers on stage to help auction off a pair of round-trip international Buisiness Elite class tickets on Delta Air Lines.

Julie Fitzgerald, Managing Director remarked, "We were excited to be back on the Long Wharf and thrilled to be able to keep the party right here in Sag Harbor by the Theatre. We're incredibly grateful to Mayor Gregory Ferraris and the Village of Sag Harbor and we hope to be able to continue this success for years to come. Many people don't realize that ticket sales cover less than 50 percent of our expenses, so the monies raised at this Gala are critical to our organization. We couldn't make it without the success of this annual fundraiser."

See you next year on the Long Wharf again!

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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