State Theatre Honors The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation at the State Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala on May 17, 2014

State Theatre has just announced that it will honor The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation at the State Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and featuring Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in concert.

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New Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

State Theatre has just announced that it will honor The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation at the State Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and featuring Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in concert.

A Leadership in the Arts awards will be presented to The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation supports a variety of projects across broad issue areas. The Foundation is the single greatest contributor to the State Theatre’s Symphony Series, which has flourished because of the Foundation’s support.

“The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation is a most deserving honoree—it is with their leadership that the State Theatre has been able to keep its Classical Series at the highest standard year after year,” said Mark W. Jones, State Theatre President & CEO.

“We are proud to be honored by the State Theatre for our commitment to the arts,” said Gene Korf, Executive Director, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation. “It is very important to us that we are able to help classical programs thrive and reach new and younger audiences across New Jersey and that has always been an integral part of the State Theatre’s mission.”

Gala Information
The Gala festivities begin at 5 p.m. at The Heldrich Hotel and the performance will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to the concert, Gala guests will enjoy a reception, dinner with reserved seating, open bar, dancing, and live entertainment. The Benefit Gala, the State Theatre’s biggest annual event, underwrites the State Theatre’s artistically acclaimed programming and nationally recognized education programs. A portion of each ticket price represents a tax-deductible contribution to the State Theatre. Concert tickets range from $55-$250. For concert only tickets, call 732-246-SHOW (7469). Benefit Gala tickets are $650. For Benefit Gala tickets, please call 732-247-7200, ext. 543.

The Silver Anniversary Honoree will be presented to Johnson & Johnson. The State Theatre Benefit Gala Corporate Honoree is Boraie Development. A Leadership in the Arts award will be presented to The J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust.

The 25th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairs are Doug and Diane Garback of Prudential–The Garback Agency with support from Vice-Chairs Scott Fergang of RBC Wealth Management and Richard T. McDonald of Johnson & Johnson.

About the Gala Artist
A true American legend, Frankie Valli’s incredible career with The Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles including “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” and “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.” Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Valli’s long-lasting career has led to the overwhelming success of the Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS, which chronicles Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons incredible career and features all of their greatest hits. The JERSEY BOYS juggernaut has now been seen by over 18 million people worldwide and has won four Tony® Awards including Best Musical (2006).

In 2014, Frankie Valli’s life story will once again be featured. This time in the film adaptation of JERSEY BOYS, directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at http://www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates, unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Ticket Office - 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Online - http://www.StateTheatreNJ.org

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Please contact Kelly Blithe at 732-247-7200, ext. 542 or by email at kblithe(at)StateTheatreNJ(dot)org.

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