Bill Balzer, Peg Balzer, and Graham Martin Honored at Downtown Celebration

Friday, May 4, 2018 — On April 21, Theatrical Outfit's "Our Luckie Stars" Annual Downtown Gala brought in $105,000, a record-breaking accomplishment for the company, in support of its mission to produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter. 

The gala boasted an impressive list of host committee members, honorees and entertainers. The evening celebrated the impact of Theatrical Outfit on our downtown community, and honored three long-time Theatrical Outfit supporters, Bill and Peg Balzer (for whom the Balzer Theater at Herren's is named) and Graham Martin. 

While enjoying cocktails and a delicious buffett by Bridge Catering, attendees bid on exciting silent auction items, including Hamilton tickets, restaurant, dining and getaway packages, fine wines, original art and more. After entering the Balzer Theater, guests were wowed by performances from some of Atlanta's brightest stars and Outfit vets, including Artistic Director Tom Key, Terry Burrell, S. Renee Clark, Eric Moore, Wendy Melkonian, Joe Gransden, Susan Shalhoub Larkin, and Bill Murphey. An original song, "Patrons of the Heart," was composed for the honorees by Doc Schneider and sung by Jeremy Wood. The live auction portion of the evening saw lucky bidders win thrilling specialty packages that included a week's stay in Watercolor near Seaside, Fl, a week's stay at a London flat with theatre tickets, a dinner for six at a Buckhead home with television star Jayne Atkinson ("House of Cards," "The Walking Dead," and "Madame Secretary"), and a golf getaway at Pinehurst Resort. Video greetings by screen and stage stars Tony Shalhoub ("Monk," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Broadway's The Band's Visit), Brooke Adams, and Jayne Atkinson were played at the event. Theatrical Outfit premiered its own video, created by Adam Shumaker Productions, that speaks to the company's impact on downtown, and includes appearances by local business owners, Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi, T.O. patrons, trustees, students, and artists. Following the video, and led by auctioneer and Outfit trustee Charlie Henn, thousands of dollars were raised to fund The Outfit's amazing artists and artisans, its facility, and scholarships for its educational programming. 

Gala Sponsors included Macy's, Bridge Catering, Classic Tents and Events, John and Elaine Carlos, and Chris Tryba-Cofrin and David Cofrin.

Theatrical Outfit Celebrates Downtown Atlanta

Artistic Director Tom Key
Kate, Peg, and Bill Balzer (Honorees)
Graham Martin (center), Honoree
Graham Martin (l) and Peg (c) and Bill Balzer (r), Honorees
The Outfit Board Member and Gala Auctioneer, Charlie Henn
Jeremy Wood sings "Patrons of the Heart" as tribute to honorees
Terry Burrell leads a conga line at the end of the evening
Entertainer Eric Moore
Entertainer Joe Gransden
Fawn Shelton and guest
Nicole Citron, Adam Koplan, Lois Reitzes, and Don Reitzes
Richie Arpino and Mitchell Anderson
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development at Theatrical Outfit