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.
event was held at a private
residence in Tarzana. Photos and more details can be found below.
Sponsored by Marani Vodka
were unable to attend but would still like to donate, please
this link to donate online, or mail your donation made out to
"Sacred Fools" to:
Fools Theater Company
P.O. Box 29312
Los Angeles, CA 90029-0312
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!,
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;
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
Frankie's New York
(stuffed with seasonal vegetables;
topped with rosemary wine sauce)
Pasta Primavera (with
fresh oil and garlic)
Rigatoni with Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomatoes
Il Capriccio Wood
From Il Capriccio
Bread & Butter
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
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
John Sylvain and Paul Plunkett.
Hostess Jennifer Fenten.
Bill Newlin at the piano during
Fools prepare for dinner. L-R:
Alyssa Preston, Scott Leggett & Michael Holmes
Dinner is served as Lydia Veilleaux
softly plays violin.
Dinner with Patrick Duffy and Taylor
(Far left: Emily Kosloski & Padraic Duffy)
Dinner with guests Linda Gray (far
left) and Larry Hagman
Patrick Duffy inspects the auction
Managing Director Jaime Andrews gets
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,
...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
Jake Broder as Taylor Hackford looks on.
Vanessa Claire Smith performs "Come
Rain or Come Shine"
with Richard Levinson on keyboards.
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
American Rent All-Party
Designer Services Group
Frankie’s New York Pizza (Melrose)
Il Capriccio (Vermont Ave.)
Melanie Taylor Kent
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Vanessa Claire Smith