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The Manhattan Transfer To Headline Algonquin Arts Theatre Annual Gala

April 19, 2013

Black & White Gala on June 6 Will Honor Arts Educators Mary Higgins Clark and Wendell Minor and Humanitarian "Broadway Ray" Soehngen

The Black & White Gala: An Evening with The Manhattan Transfer

Thursday, June 6 (Pre-Show Events Begin at 5 p.m.; Theatre Doors Open at 8 p.m.)

Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street, Manasquan, N.J.

All Access VIP: $175
Premium Dinner: $150
Preferred: $75
Performance: $50

Call 732-528-9211 or visit

The Manhattan Transfer

Caption: The Manhattan Transfer is (from left) Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul. The multi-grammy award winners will headline the Algonquin Arts Theatre's Annual Gala on June 6, 2013.

MANASQUAN, N.J. (April 18, 2013) - For almost forty years The Manhattan Transfer has been performing across the United States and around the world. On June 6, the super group headlines the Algonquin Arts Theatre's Annual Gala and help celebrate Algonquin's 75th year helping the community.

Officially "The Black & White Gala: An Evening With The Manhattan Transfer," this event serves as the theatre's major annual fundraiser and supports the programming throughout the remainder of the year. This year's honorees include author Mary Higgins Clark and illustrator Wendell Minor for their contributions to arts education and "Broadway Ray" Soehngen for his contributions to the arts.

Tickets for the event range from $50 to $175 with the top levels including dinner at either Remington's or Firefly ... An American Bistro. To order or for more information call 732-528-9211 or visit

Tim Hauser, a graduate of St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J., paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.

After many years of dues-paying and persistence, Hauser continues to perform with the multi-Grammy winning vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer with Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel. Hard to categorize � "Cabaret Rock" or "Disco Sha Na Na" were some of the labels attached to them � their popularity grew solidly to become one of the most dominate groups in music through the 1970s and 1980s with hits including of "Birdland," "Route 66" and "The Boy From New York City." Today they continue to be an inspiration to all who hear them.

Clark's books are world-wide best sellers and in the U.S. alone she's sold more than 100 million copies, and Minor is an nationally recognized illustrator who has collaborated with Clark on several projects. Clark & Minor are long time supporters of the arts and last season, they allowed Algonquin Arts Theatre to create and debut a new all-ages musical based on their book "The Magical Christmas Horse."

Soehngen is the founder and president of "Broadway Ray," a Monmouth and Ocean County Premier Charter Bus Tour Company to Broadway and is a dedicated support of the local arts community, including Algonquin Arts Theatre. He served as the co-chair of the Algonquin Arts Theatre Gala in 2011 and 2012.

The 2013 Gala co-chairs are Randy Kornberg, Carol Doherty and Michael Sinneck.

Park Avenue sponsors include Maria Zito-Kaufman & Simon Kaufman, Esq.; and PNC Wealth Management. Soho sponsors include Holman, Frenia & Allison, P.C.; Manasquan Savings Bank; Roosevelt Investments; Savvy Style Salon; and UBS. The Village sponsors include Brian's Auto Center; Mona & John Kirk; David & Gayle Donnelly of NaturaLawn of America; Novy & Associates; John Newman & Kevin Sarte of Bouquets to Remember; and Mike & Eileen Sinneck. Ruth & George Harms are the dinner underwriters while Aculabs; Jan Blanton & "Broadway Ray" Soehngen; and Spirit of '76 Wines & Liquors are also underwriting portions of the event.

Sponsorships are still available for between $1,000 and $5,000. The theatre is also soliciting journal ads and silent auction gifts. Individuals or businesses looking to get involved can contact Teresa Staub at 732-528-4336. or visit for more information.

About Algonquin Arts Theatre:
Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; by funds from the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, by Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria Zito-Kaufman and remembering Marialana and her love for children and the arts.