The Scene | Barrington Stage Company: 25th anniversary season Summer Gala raises $500K

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PITTSFIELD — A proclamation, from Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, read by several Barrington Stage Company performers and associate artists, declared June 24 as "Barrington Stage Day" as the theater company celebrated its 25th-anniversary season with its most successful Summer Gala honoring Founding Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

The gala, attended by 450 guests, raised $500,000; including $160,000 for The Julianne Boyd New Works Fund.

The gala was made possible by Esta and Kenneth Friedman and sponsored by Mary Ann and Bruno Quinson.

The event was chaired by Debra Miersma, with co-chairwomen Reba Evenchik and Laurie Schwartz.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were provided by noted caterer Dan Mathieu and MAX Ultimate Food in a large, beautifully decorated tent erected just across from the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage on Union Street.

Among the guests were state Sen. Adam Hinds; former Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto; Berkshire Botanical Garden Executive Director Mike Beck; Scarafoni Financial Group's Matthew Scarafoni; Hotel on North's David Tierney; television's Paige Davis; Tony Award nominees Patrick Page and Barbara Walsh, John Cariani, Elizabeth Stanley, Alan H. Green, Eric Ulloa, and choreographers Robert LaFosse and Nicholas Garr.

After the cocktail party, guests were ushered to the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, where a 90-minute show was presented with introductions and performances by Debra Jo Rupp, Christopher Innvar, Becca Ayers, Jeff McCarthy, Alan H. Green, Lawrence Street and Davis.

A live auction was held after the dinner, with items that included a shopping spree at Casablanca and Shooz, six days in the wine country of Burgundy, France, Saratoga Races and Luxury Lodging, the Philip Glass Experience and dinner and tickets to Broadway's "Moulin Rouge."

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