NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle Council on the Arts celebrated its 40th anniversary by honoring the city’s arts leaders, including Tony and Oscar winning actress Frances Sternhagen, internationally acclaimed pop artist Charles Fazzino, musician and community volunteer Kathryn Donovan Wiegand, Viacom EVP Michael Armstrong, who is also president of the Board of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Christopher John Farley, an author who is also the arts and culture critic of the Wall Street Journal.
The “Lush Life” 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala took place at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, recreating some of the glamour of the Big Band era, with 300 people attending.
Caroline Clarke was the evening’s emcee. The Ed Laub Quartet with special guest star Gene Bertoncini performed a tribute to American composer Billy Strayhorn. The Rhythm Stompers dance troupe gave a swing dance performance.
“The Lush Life Gala was our biggest fundraiser ever,” said NRCA President Theresa Kump Leghorn, and “it allowed us to honor some truly outstanding arts leaders in our community”.
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