theatreWashington’s Star Gala & Benefit Auction to be held October 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington

Alli Houseworth


(Washington, DC) – When The Helen Hayes Awards transitions this fall to its new chapter as theatreWashington, (the organization’s new name and brand which better reflects the breadth and geographic scope of its far-reaching activities), a 22 year tradition continues – The Star Gala & Benefit Auction.

This one-of-a-kind spectacular evening of wining, dining, bidding, and theatricality raises funds to support theatreWashington’s community building, audience development, and education services provided to theatres, artists, and audiences of all ages throughout the Washington area.

On Friday, October 28, 2011 the evening begins at 6:30pm, at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington (2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) and includes a sensational silent auction and live auction conducted by Sebastian Clarke of Doyle New York and Antiques Roadshow. Additionally, Jaylee Mead will be honored with the “2011 Helen’s Star” for her extraordinary support of Washington theatre. "There is no greater champion or fan of Washington area theatre than Jaylee Mead," said theatreWashington President & CEO Linda Levy Grossman, "It is not just her significant support, but her presence and energy which is felt in theatres throughout the region.”

Tickets are now on sale for theatreWashington’s Star Gala & Benefit Auction, and cost $290 for an individual ticket, with Tables (seating for ten) starting at $2,500, and Sponsorship Tables (premium seating and benefits for 10) at $10,000. The event includes:
• Cocktails and silent auction
• A three-course dinner in signature Four Seasons style
• Live Auction conducted by Sebastian Clarke of Doyle New York and Antiques Roadshow featuring exclusive travel packages to a variety of exotic destinations including Marrakesh and Machu Piccu
• Presentation of the “2011 Helen’s Star” to Jaylee Mead for her extraordinary support of Washington theatre
• Show tunes around the piano with pianist extraordinaire Glenn Pearson to bring the curtain down

A complete list of auction items—including a Nile River cruise for two, VIP golf passes and subscriptions to several Washington area theatres—can be found at For full benefits and details about the event please visit

theatreWashington’s Star Gala & Benefit Auction is proudly supported by the generosity of American Airlines, the Official Airline of the Helen Hayes Awards; BNA who has generously provided Helen Hayes organization publications for 27 years, KPMG and PNC Bank.

About theatreWashington
Building on 27 years of credibility and service as The Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington is the unified voice of Washington area theatre and is the only organization dedicated solely to promoting, representing and supporting all segments of Washington’s professional theatre community—theatres, artists, company members and audiences of all ages.

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