Algonquin Arts

Annual Gala

Algonquin Arts Theatre's Annual Gala: On Broadway Starring The Drifters

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Algonquin Arts Theatre Gala: June 8, 2017
They say the neon lights are bright, On Broadway.

Headliner: The Drifters

Gala Co-Chairs:
Dara Brown, NBC News
Alison McGonigal, August & Scout Cafè & Bakery
Diane Onto, Manasquan Bank

Janice Blanton, Humanitarian Award
Larson Ford, Community Service Award
The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, Community Service Award
Stephen Strouse, Arts Educator Award

VIP Ticket - $195 - Arrive at 5 p.m.
Includes: VIP Cocktail Hour (open bar with beer & wine, hors d'oeuvres), Dinner at Remington's or Blend on Main, Premium seating in the theatre (assigned by Gala committee) & a post-show meet & greet with The Drifters.

Gala Ticket - $65/$85 - Arrive at 7 p.m.
Includes: Cocktail Hour (open bar with beer & wine) & Preferred ($85) or Regular Seating ($65).

5 p.m. - VIP Cocktail Reception Begins
6:30 p.m. - VIP Dinner begins at Remington's or Blend on Main
7 p.m. - Open Bar Cocktail Hour
7:45 p.m. - Theatre Doors Open
8:15 p.m. - Silent Auction Ends
8:15 p.m. - Welcome & Honoree Videos
8:35 p.m. - Live Appeal
8:45 p.m. - Intermission
9:00 p.m. - The Drifters
10:30 p.m. - Pick Up Silent Auction Gifts; VIPs Attend After-Party at Blend on Main

Silent Auction & Raffles [ Download Form ]:
Our gala includes a spectacular silent auction. Our patrons use a smartphone to place bids on dozens of items. Be sure to charge your phone before the event. We'll have staff on hand to help place bids without using your phone.

We are currently soliciting donations for our Silent Auction. If you or your company is interested in supporting the Algonquin by donating, please complete and return this PDF Auction form.

Sponsorship [ Download Form ]:
Show your support with a sponsorship, ad or by underwriting the costs of this event. Sponsorship opportunities rage from $1,000 to $5,000. All sponsorships include: A full-page color ad; Listing on gala website; Logo on BidPal; Theatre lobby signage for 2017-18 Season; Recognition by emcee; Listings & mentions in gala publicity. Deadlines may apply for specific benefits.

$5,000 - RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN: Includes 8 VIP Gala Tickets - Recognition on Theatre Marquee
$3,000 - ANDREW LLOYD WEBER: Includes 4 VIP Gala Tickets
$1,000 - LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: Includes 2 VIP Gala Tickets

Download & return our PDF form, or pay for your sponsorship online.

Ad Journal [ Download Form ]:
$350 - Full Page Color (4.75" x 7.75")
$200 - Full Page Black & White (4.75 x 7.75)
$125 - Half Page Black & White (4.75 x 3.75)

Please email camera-ready ads to [email protected]. PDF files are preferred. Please provide high-resolution artwork to ensure the best quality. We can also design your ad for you. Please attach text and images you wish to include when submitting this form. Deadline to submit ads is May 7, 2017.

Download & return our PDF form, or pay for your ad online.

Underwriting [ Download Form ]:
Underwriters will be recognized in the ad journal and by the event emcee. No tickets or other benefits are included, allowing the fullest tax deduction allowed by law.

$5,000 - BidPal (Silent Auction Device)
$3,500 - Tent
$2,000 - Hors d'Oeuvres
$1,000 - Beer & Wine

Download & return our PDF form, or submit payment online.

Headline Entertainment - The Drifters
The Drifters served to link Fifties rhythm & blues with Sixties soul music. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 alongside the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Les Paul and The Supremes.

They epitomized the vocal group sound of New York City. Theirs was the sweet but streetwise sound of R&B suffused with gospel influences. The material the Drifters recorded came from a variety of sources, including the songwriting teams of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and Gerry Goffin and Carole King. All were New York-based songwriters who wrote evocatively of romance and everyday life in the big city, and the Drifters made an ideal vehicle for the convincing delivery of such scenarios.

Hit songs on their set list include: "On Broadway," "There Goes My Baby," "Dance With Me," "This Magic Moment," "Under The Boardwalk," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Up On The Roof," "Stand By Me," "Please Stay," "Saturday Night At The Movies," "Spanish Harlem," "Sweets For My Sweet," "Save The Last Dance for Me," "I Count The Tears," and more. Read more about The Drifters in their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio.

Janice Blanton, Humanitarian Award
Janice Blanton was born in El Reno, Oklahoma, a small town that respected the need for a strong arts community. Education and teachers were held in the highest regard. Janice was classically trained in piano and, in keeping with her family values, she supports individuals and organizations through gifts and scholarships, considering them investments in our future. She helped facilitate the founding of the Manasquan Presbyterian Church Music School and funds scholarships for their students. An artist, art teacher and musician, she believes that the arts are proof of and a direct access to our humanity. Jan plays piano and organ at Manasquan Presbyterian Church and leads the Men's Choir. She also enjoys accompanying artists at Algonquin. Janice is deeply honored by the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees along with others who believe in our theatre as the shining gem of the Manasquan area.

Larson Ford, Community Service Award
Larson Ford Inc, founded in 1956 by Paul A Larson Sr., has maintained a long history of supporting the local communities in both Monmouth and Ocean counties. Whether it be a school, charity or arts organization, Larson Ford, Inc. has always tried to lend support where needed. They have sponsored local sports teams, supported The Valerie Fund (helping families dealing with childhood cancer), Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Caregivers of Ocean County (Caregiver Canine Program) and the Brick Memorial High School Marching Band to name a few. Larson Ford is also a long-time sponsor of CPC Behavioral Healthcare. Algonquin Arts Theatre holds a special place both Paul Jr. and Cathy Larson, who have many fond memories of the old movie theatre and are happy to be able to play a small part in helping the Algonquin Arts Theatre become the success that it is today.

The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, Community Service Award
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation uses philanthropy to increase citizen activity and economic development opportunities through the arts, healthcare and education. The Foundation is a proactive grant maker heavily active in the communities it has targeted to make an impact in, and is committed to identifying leaders and teams who it feels can bring their organizations to the next level, and beyond. Since 2013, it has invested over $8 million in the community, with an additional $14 million committed. In the late 1990's, Jay and Linda retired from a thriving law practice to concentrate full time on their two greatest passions - investing and philanthropy. They were joined by their son Jeremy Grunin in 2013, who returned home to Toms River, with his wife Laura and their three children, to assist his parents with their business investments and philanthropic endeavors.

Stephen Strouse, Arts Educator
Stephen Strouse has impacted the lives of thousands of students of all ages through music. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, with degrees in music and music education, Mr. Strouse has applied his talents in the classroom for 34 years, teaching in public schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Currently, he serves as the Choral Director for the Pinelands Regional School District in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. He also serves as the Musical Director for Our Gang Players and Stockton University, as well as a frequent guest artist at Algonquin. Stephen has been the Musical Director for numerous Algonquin productions, including The Music Man, The King and I, The Little Mermaid and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. In addition to his work onstage, he is a valued teaching artist for the Algonquin Performing Arts Academy and Algonquin Youth Ensemble. He resides in Manahawkin, NJ with his wife and his son.

To get involved as an attendee, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact the Development Department at 732-528-4336 or [email protected].