Saturday, May 12, 2012

Heart of Gold Award Dinner

What a great event! The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County has an event called The Heart of Gold Award dinner every year and this year they honored Building and Land Technology's president, Paul Kuehner.  NPT sponsored Kimilee Bryant from Broadway's Phantom of the Opera as the special entertainment and what a great event it was!

See below for videos of Kimilee rehearsing with accompanist David Maiocco. First time we used David and it won't be the last.  He was terrific.  I knew Kimilee would not only be a great entertainer but one of the stipulations of the folks we hire is that they also be extremely gregarious and have that "star quality" that will wow folks.  She fit that bill so well! I heard a lot of comments about how cool it was to bring "Broadway to the South End of Stamford".

                                                (video of Kimilee rehearsing with David) 

She sang "Wishing you were somehow here again", "With a song in my Heart" and then a duet with me! We are old pals from our Miss America days and since the marketing director at BLT, TJ White, told us his favorite musical is Wicked, we sang "For Good".  The words were perfect for an evening honoring volunteer service by Mr. Kuehner and Building and Land Technology.

I was super impressed with how smoothly everything ran with TJ in charge and the food was great. Always a plus with me. :)  I also got to meet the president personally, the CEO and the lead council for this corporation, plus many of the 450 cool and connected folks at the event.  One of the other non profits that Mr. Kuehner supports also gave me their card so that we might be able to put together a show to help them with their fund raising.  

This happens every time by the way. At the Bruce Museum another non profit was there and we have a gig with them in September.  Each time we meet more folks we can help and that allows us to get our name out there as a group that is paying it forward first while we are looking for the perfect space for our permanent theatre.  Like BLT, finding out what the community needs and helping others as it builds.

                                          (video of Kimilee singing "With a Song in my Heart")

ps. Look at the cool ad that Andy created for the program book. We also used these to stuff the 400 or so gift bags.

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