Theatrical Outfit's Annual Downtown Gala and Fundraiser OUR LUCKIE STARS A Record-Breaking Success

Theatrical Outfit's Annual Downtown Gala and Fundraiser OUR LUCKIE STARS A Record-Breaking Success

Gala Honored Long-Time TO Patrons Doug and Florida Ellis

ATLANTA, GA - Theatrical Outfit (TO) held its annual fundraising gala, "Our Luckie Stars," on Saturday, April 27th at its home, The Balzer Theater at Herren's on Luckie Street in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The event honored long-time TO patrons Doug and Florida Ellis and featured silent and live auctions, wonderful food, and exciting entertainment from familiar TO artists. The evening was a celebration of the theatre's mission to provide world-class conversation-starting theatre to inspire a compassionate, joyful, and just community. The gala raised over $123,000, breaking its fundraising goal and surpassing last year's success.

TO's generous sponsors for the event were John and Sue Wieland whose "Galaxy Sponsorship" honored Florida and Doug Ellis; Bill and Peg Balzer and Jeff and Jennifer Seavey were "Super Nova" sponsors; and Board Chair Ed Laity and his wife, Deb Laity, were "Shooting Star" sponsors. TO Trustee Charlie Henn served as Auctioneer for the evening, and featured artists were Mary Nye Bennett, Terry Burrell, TO Artistic Director Tom Key, Brian Kurlander, Mira Hirsch, Rob Lawhon, Eric Moore, William S. Murphey, Sheila Wheat, and former TO SummerStage student Monai Williams. Entertainment included a video about the journey of Cotton Patch Gospel; the beloved show will be produced at the end of the 2019-2020 season marking the final production of Tom Key's tenure as Artistic Director. Several songs from the show were performed by the artists, and prompted 26 donors to "raise the paddle" to sponsor next year's production. Exciting auction items included a private tour of Pinewood Studios with Pinewood Atlanta President Frank Patterson, Dinner with TV star Brian Baumgartner, a Cotton Patch VIP Experience, and much more.

Doug and Florida Ellis were presented with a commissioned blown glass award from Lillie Glass Blowers. Doug worked in the textile industry for many years with Southern Mills and retired as Chairman in 2004 coincident with the sale of the company. He is very involved in the First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Rotary, the United Way, and The Westminster Schools. Notably, he flies a mission each week for Angel Flight Soars. Florida worked for IBM, and left the company to raise their three daughters. In addition to her busy life as a homemaker, her activities focus around First Presbyterian Church, Columbia Seminary, and Focused Community Strategies and the Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta. Doug and Florida now have eight grandchildren, and they enjoy travel and time with their family.

The Host Committee for "Our Luckie Stars" included: Peg and Bill Balzer, Gretchen E. Butler, Boog and Sam Candler, Elaine and John Carlos, Caroline and Jake Duffy, Tammy and Tommy Herrington, Lane Carlock and Clark Howard, Susan and Alexander Johnson, Beverly and Tom Key, Carrie and Brian Kurlander, Deb and Ed Laity, Graham Martin, Karen and Richard McCrea, Ivan Pulinkala, Steven Satterfield, Jennifer and Dan Van Horn, Stephanie Watkins and James Weis. TO's hardworking gala committee included TO Trustees Caroline Duffy, Karen McCrea, Jennifer Van Horn, TO artist Susan Shalhoub Larkin, and TO staff. This event has become a highly anticipated event for TO's patrons, and we look forward to next year's gala in the Spring of 2020.

 

Next up at Theatrical Outfit:

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE

Book by Clarke Peters, Music & Lyrics by Louis Jordan
Directed and Choreographed by Thomas W. Jones II
Musical Direction by S. Renee Clark
May 29-June 30, 2019

The tunes of R&B pioneer Louis Jordan, whose slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the '50s, drive this musical tribute. Nomax is broke, his girl is gone, and he's listening to the radio in the wee hours of the morning. Five guys - Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe - materialize and encourage Nomax to shake off the blues and live life to the fullest. Chart-topping tunes like "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby," "Let the Good Times Roll," and "Knock Me a Kiss" put Nomax, and us, onto the road toward bliss.

 

THANK YOU TO THEATRICAL OUTFIT 2018-2019 SPONSORS: Major funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB Radio, Georgia Council for the Arts, WarnerMedia, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Kilpatrick Townsend, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

ABOUT OUR VENUEFive Guys Named Moe plays at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.  
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.                             

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Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development, Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Theatrical Outfit
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development, Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

THEATRICAL OUTFIT
Stories that stir the soul.



OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons were Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton. Mrs. Shelton passed away in 2019, but Dr. Shelton remains a patron at Theatrical Outfit to this day. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.


Theatrical Outfit
84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303