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It’s Gala Time!

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is thrilled to present our Third Annual Red Carpet Gala, continuing efforts to bring a theater to West Chester.  Like the previous two galas, this year’s event will include food and festivities of a top-shelf variety. It will be held on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 7 PM – 11 PM at Winterthur Visitor’s Center, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19735. The theme is Vintage Hollywood so come dressed as your favorite movie star from that era. Otherwise, black tie or cocktail wear is encouraged. Some have inquired, “Why is the gala being held at Winterthur?”  Well, to be frank, it is the only setting within a 20 mile radius which can accommodate the estimated number of guests – we are expecting 400 people! Although the previous galas were held locally (West Chester Historical Society & The Armory respectively), the lovely Historical Society isn’t large enough and the Armory itself is currently a work in progress.  Also Winterthur gave us a significant nonprofit discount that made it an even more attractive spot – thank you Winterthur! Check out this picture of the space.

The Gala will feature musical performances from Sara Michaels and Friends, as well as the high energy, 10-piece band, Contagious. Of course, dancing will take place and heavy hors’ d’oeuvres, high spirits and a silent auction will be offered. Restaurant Associates has signed on to provide the menu and Boxcar Brewery and The Artisan’s Cellar will be donating beer and wine (bring your flask if you want something else!). The Warner Brothers classic, Oscar-winning film, Casablanca will be shown (weather permitting) on a large outdoor screen courtesy of the West Chester Film Festival. Items to be bid on via the silent auction will include a proof of artist James Talmadge’s “Concert In Blue,” golf and lunch at Bidermann Golf Course, a private historic walking tour of West Chester, a wine tasting at Kreutz Creek, not one but TWO vacation homes to bid on, a backstage tour of CBS 3, tickets to shows and much more. I’m especially excited to act as the evening’s Emcee. 

Tickets for the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Vintage Hollywood Red Carpet Gala sell for $125 and should be reserved by October 1st, 2014 at www.uptownwestchester.org. Sponsorships are still available too. Contact Maggie McIntosh at gala@uptownwestchester.org for sponsorship or questions. Please join us for an evening of fun, food, drink and prizes as we continue our mission to bring a theater to West Chester by renovating the historic Armory located at 226 North High Street.  In addition to the educational and cultural benefits, a professional theater in our town proposes many economic benefits for both residents and businesses.  So, on with the show!

-Tom Wang

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