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Algonquin Arts Theatre Raises Over $70,000 at Annual Benefit Thanks to Donors and Supporters

July 7, 2010
From left to right: Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblyman Declan O�Scanlon, PNC Regional President Kevin Tylus, Assemblyman David Rible, Algonquin Arts Managing Director William Whitefield at the 2010 Algonquin Arts Theatre Gala

On Thursday, June 10th over 180 guests arrived at the Mill at Spring Lake Heights for live entertainment, a four course meal, and the opportunity to bid on unique prizes in support of Algonquin Arts Theatre. This year�s gala, The Jazz Club: from the 1930�s to today, using the arts to help communities thrive during challenging times, raised over $70,000, thanks to the generous donations of all who attended.

The event, hosted by Mel Hood and Algonquin�s own John Newman, William Whitefield, and Brett Colby, featured a cocktail hour, a formal dinner, dessert, and plenty of entertainment, including performances by Mel Hood, the Poncho D Group, the Algonquin Youth Ensemble, and others. Guests had the opportunity to bid on unique items in a silent auction, as well as bid in a live auction for the chance to win a tropical getaway.

Contributions from the Gala will be used in support of the Theatre�s educational outreach programs. Through diverse education initiatives, such as a Head Start Literacy Program, a Theatre Autism Workshop, the Rising Stars classical music competition, The Acting Studio at Asbury Park High School, ShoreDance, and the Performing Arts Academy, the Theatre still strives to make an impact on the lives of children and the community.

Algonquin Arts Theatre would like to thank their 2010 Gala honorees: PNC, Lee Weisert, Christina Sanes & Buren Gilpin, as well as our event sponsors: The Mill at Spring Lake Heights, Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria Zito-Kaufman, George & Ruth Harms, Dr. Ken & Pam Indahl of Allaire Foot & Ankle Center and Homecare for Children, John Renna of Allaire Engraving, Bouquets to Remember, Carol Doherty of Silpada Designs, Robert W. Allison, C.P.A., David & Gayle Donnelly of Naturalawn of America, Christina Sanes & Buren Gilpin, Peter A. Flihan, Jr. & Linda P. Hejduk, Janice Blanton, Elisabeth Fontenelli, and John & Nancy Tischio.

To learn about ways to support Algonquin Arts Theatre, please contact Director of Development, Brett Colby, at 732-528-4336, e-mail [email protected], or visit For more information on upcoming performances, contact the box office at 732-528-9211 or e-mail [email protected]. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, located on 173 Main Street in Manasquan, NJ.

Algonquin Arts Theatre was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization to provide cultural enrichment and educational enhancement of the highest quality for the residents of New Jersey�s central region. Algonquin Arts Theatre is handicap accessible. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please notify us in advance of your needs by contacting the box office. Programming of Algonquin Arts Theatre is made possible as a result of the continued philanthropic support of private citizens and organizations such as New Jersey State Council on the Arts, OceanFirst Foundation, PNC, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Target, The Community Foundation of Monmouth County, The Paul F. Zito, MD Foundation, Manasquan Savings Bank, Woman�s Club of Brielle, Janice Blanton, Jules Plangere III, as well as many generous individuals and local businesses.