This month Gabby cuts ribbons with DCAD and has a fab time at the Grand Gala.
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The Grandest Gala Faux Sure
The Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band, were the special guest performers at The Grand’s 32nd annual Grand Gala.
In the lobby, we encountered several stunners, including Pamelyn Manocchio (The Grand’s director of development), Christine Molino (The Grand’s director of administration), actress and model Erin Waldie (star of several New Candlelight Theatre productions), and handsome Chris Buccini with his sleek, chic wife Mati, who told us of the couple’s plans to move to Wilmington from New York and how she enjoys doing yoga to Beatles music.
Everyone took their velvet seats, the house lights dimmed and the “fifth Beatle,” Grand chairman Francis J. “Skip” Panella, took the podium. To approving chuckles he wore a replica of a Sgt. Pepper band uniform in Ringo pink. Panella welcomed everyone—including Grand executive director Stephen Bailey, then-Governor-elect Jack Markell, former board chairs Dave Hamilton and Bob Howe—and thanked major sponsors. He was interrupted by more chuckles as Alan Levin (event co-chair with his lovely and self-admitted Wii tennis-addicted wife, Ellen) entered stage right in a “Paul” pale blue Sgt. Pepper get-up. Levin joked that his costume “was just one size away from the largest available…size walrus.”
They were joined on stage by Bailey, David Amado, Lucinda Williams and Richard Fisher for a special presentation to the evening’s honorary co-chairs Gerret and Tatiana Copeland. A large, framed, one-of-a-kind print of The Grand in her night colors by photographer Joe Del Tufo, and much to the Copeland’s visible surprise the entire Grand 2009-10 season was dedicated to them, a first in The Grand’s long history.
A bit overcome and clutching a bouquet of red roses, Mrs. C. recalled how the couple had their first date at The Grand, “dancing on this very stage.” She urged the audience to consider making a commitment to supporting the arts in Delaware their New Year’s resolutions. Ciao for now.
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