Library Luminaries to benefit Gunn library, museum
Published 4:32 pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Simultaneous dinner parties will take place at private homes, each one highlighting a notable luminary.
In addition, a dinner-dance and concert will be offered at the Washington Club Hall.
The concert, featuring lead vocalist for the Saturday Night Live house band, Christine Ohlman, and her band, Rebel Montez, will perform two fifty-minute sets.
Luminaries and hosts this year include former New York City ballet principals Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, hosted by Linda Allard; internationally-recognized painter Charles Cajori, hosted by David Behnke and Paul Doherty; New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, hosted by Abbey Darer and Tom Rosenwald; retired Warner Brothers president Alan Shayne and painter-sculptor Norman Sunshine, hosted by Ene and James Greenfield; wife of renowned Broadway theater impresario Pat Schoenfeld, hosted by Susan and Murray Haber; and American furniture expert Leslie Keno, hosted by Sunny and Michael Halperin.
In addition, former master floral arranger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Chris Giftos, hosted by Fran and Myles Itkin; Academy Award-winning direct James Ivory, hosted by Steven James and David Lewandowski; Hollywood writer and producer
Rob Long, hosted by Susan and John Long; photographer Marcia Lippman and Vice President and Director of Photographs and Photobooks at Swann Auction Galleries, Daile Kaplan, hosted by Kathy and Matthew Root; interior design author Susanna Salk in her private home; author, astrologer and cosmetics brand creator Cathy Cash Spellman, hosted by Joanna and David Samson; and economist and author Zachary Karabell, hosted by Katherine Wenning and Michael Dennis.
Guests will choose the dinner they would like to attend upon registration.
Donations will range from $150 and up per person. In the case of a sell-out, placements will be determined by a supporter's contribution level, as well as their date of reply.
A pre-dinner cocktail party will be held at the Wykeham Road library for $50 per person who may not attend a dinner at a private home.
The library and museum raises the greater part of its operating budget through individual philanthropy and annual events like Library Luminaries.
For information, visit www.gunnlibrary.org or call 860-868-7586.