On Wednesday, April 1, the Sacred Fools Theater Company hosted our First Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner.  The elegant event was hosted by TV icon PATRICK DUFFY and Academy Award winning Director TAYLOR HACKFORD.

It was an evening of delectable food, spirits, and live entertainment sampling our recent work, including our hit musical Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara.  Plus, a tantalizing silent auction sponsored by Bordello Bar, Anu Yoga, One Sunset, Kimpton Hotels and more.

The event was held at a private residence in Tarzana.  Photos and more details can be found below.

Sponsored by Marani Vodka

If you were unable to attend but would still like to donate, please click on this link to donate online, or mail your donation made out to "Sacred Fools" to:

Sacred Fools Theater Company
P.O. Box 29312
Los Angeles, CA 90029-0312

All donations are tax deductible and will go into our matching donation fund for the year and enable us to raise essential funds for the remainder of 2009. Thank you for your support.


* Piano during cocktail hour performed by Bill Newlin

* Violin during dinner performed by Lydia Veilleaux

* Introduction by Jaime Andrews,
Managing Director of Sacred Fools

* Remarks by Padraic Duffy,
President of the Board of Directors

* Remarks by John Sylvain, Founder of Sacred Fools

* "Silent Cal" from 43 Plays For 43 Presidents,
performed by Michael Holmes & Scott Leggett

* Remarks by Patrick Duffy

* "Two Sticks" from Beaverquest! The Musical!,
performed by Joe Fria & Laura Sperazza,
with Bobby Stapf on guitar

* "Witch's Egg" from the in-development Forbidden Zone, a possible future Sacred Fools show based on the cult film;
performed by Alyssa Preston & Marz Richards,
with Ryan Johnson on keyboard

* Remarks by Taylor Hackford

* "Come Rain or Come Shine" from Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara, performed by Vanessa Claire Smith,
with Richard Levinson on piano


From Frankie's New York Italian Restaurant:
Chicken Rollatini
(stuffed with seasonal vegetables;
topped with rosemary wine sauce)

Pasta Primavera
(with fresh oil and garlic)
Pasta Marinara

From Farfalla:
Rigatoni with Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomatoes

From Il Capriccio Wood Fire Pizzeria:

From Il Capriccio on Vermont:


Grilled Zuchinni
Breaded Eggplant
Bread & Butter

PHOTOS by Haven Hartman:

Tifanie McQueen and Kimberly Atkinson share a moment at the bar.

Display of auction items.

Busily getting ready for the arrival of our guests.

Display of Sacred Fools' recent successes.

Greeting the guests.  L-R:  Richard Fenten (who
graciously lent us the use of his beautiful home),
Patrick Duffy, Padraic Duffy and Jonathan Goldstein

Cocktail hour with Founding Fools Jim Tosney,
John Sylvain and Paul Plunkett.

Hostess Jennifer Fenten.

Bill Newlin at the piano during cocktail hour.

Fools prepare for dinner.  L-R: Jaime Andrews,
Alyssa Preston, Scott Leggett & Michael Holmes

Dinner is served as Lydia Veilleaux softly plays violin.

Dinner with Patrick Duffy and Taylor Hackford.
(Far left: Emily Kosloski & Padraic Duffy)

Dinner with guests Linda Gray (far left) and Larry Hagman

Patrick Duffy inspects the auction items.

Managing Director Jaime Andrews gets emotional
talking about what Sacred Fools has meant to her.

Padraic Duffy, current President of our Board of Directors,
addresses the crowd after dinner.

Sacred Fools Founder John Sylvain speaks about our history.

Scott Leggett & Michael Holmes perform "Silent Cal."

Bobby Stapf on guitar, accompanying...

...Laura Sperazza and Joe Fria, performing "Two Sticks."

Marz Richards & Alyssa Preston perform "Witch's Egg."

Kimberly Atkinson announces the winners of the Silent Auction.

Vanessa Claire Smith reads a note from
Jake Broder as Taylor Hackford looks on.

Vanessa Claire Smith performs "Come Rain or Come Shine"
with Richard Levinson on keyboards.

Fundraising Committee:
Jaime Andrews, Kimberly Atkinson, Kat Bardot,
Jay Bogdanowitsch, Padraic Duffy, Jennifer Fenten,
Joe Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Rebecca Larsen,
Tifanie McQueen, Paul Plunkett,
Kelsey Wedeen & Carrie Witta

Special thanks to the following individuals and businesses that made this night possible:

American Rent All-Party
Anu Yoga
Bordello Bar
Courtisan Carpets
Amanda D’Angelo
Designer Services Group
Domino Designs
Patrick Duffy
Richard Fenten
Frankie’s New York Pizza (Melrose)
Joe Fria
Heatherlynn Gonzalez
Haven Hartman
Taylor Hackford
Michael Holmes
Il Capriccio (Vermont Ave.)
Ryan Johnson
Melanie Taylor Kent
Michelle Kikuchi
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Corey Klemow
Emily Kosloski
Myesha Lawson
Scott Leggett
Richard Levinson
Magdelena Locklear
Marani Vodka
Michelle McMamnon
Erica Ness
Bill Newlin
Lisa-Ann Nicolai
One Sunset
Lila Pearsall
Alyssa Preston
Marz Richards
Brad Robinson
Running Rabbit
Kiff Scholl
Judy Sell
Nicole Shahar
Vanessa Claire Smith
Bobby Stapf
Laura Sperrazza
Andrew Thompson
Sabine Vessnow
Lydia Veilleux