Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Gala Honors Sharon Casdin
Honoree Sharon Casdin with Donna Annunziata
Gala committee member Lisa Schindler Frankel with Larry Frankel
Mahaiwe director of finance & administration Karin Watkins, board member Cheryl Raifstanger and Edmund A. Grossman
Board member John D. Miller, board chair Maggie Buchwald and Lyssa Miller
Auctioneer Louis Caropreso leading the paddle raise auction.
Mahaiwe board member Cheryl Raifstanger and Barbara Manring
Mahaiwe board member Jeffrey Cohen with Beth Sackler, Gail Buhla and Stan Buhla
The after-party reception with Whoopi Goldberg on the Mahaiwe stage.
The theater's original 1930s marquee was reconstructed as part of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center $9 million restoration project.
Actress Laila Robins and Whoopi GoldbergPhoto credit: Christina Lane
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center held its annual gala on Sunday, July 29 with founding board member Sharon Casdin as honoree. The Center's founder, Lola Jaffe, presented Casdin with an original illustration of the restored theater exterior and marquee by artist and Berkshire resident Carl Sprague. In her remarks, Casdin recalled that when Jaffe first approached her with plans to develop the historic Mahaiwe theater as a performing arts center, she immediately supported the idea and said, “I’m in!” A noted patron of the arts in both the Berkshires and in New York City, Casdin referred to the Mahaiwe as a cultural gem. Gala guests were seated under party tents on the lawn across from the theater for a dinner by chef Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough. During the meal, actress Jayne Atkinson introduced auctioneer Louis Caropreso, who led a rousing paddle raise auction that generated more than $70,000 earmarked for replacing the Mahaiwe’s outdated sound system. After dinner, guests filled the theater for a performance by special guest star Whoopi Goldberg. An exclusive meet-the-artist reception on the Mahaiwe stage followed the show.
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