Broadway's Blaine Alden Krauss and Others To Be Honored At Leukemia Fundraiser
The Jane Elissa Extravaganza: An Intimate Evening with Broadway and Daytime Stars will celebrate its 31st anniversary on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Manhattan's Marriott Marquis Hotel. The event benefits the Jane Elissa Endowment Fund for Leukemia/Lymphoma Research, as well as Cancer research, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, and other charitable causes. The evening is sponsored in part by Bridgehampton National Bank and Manhattan Mini Storage. Celebrities who have attended and/or been honored at past events include Kelly Ripa, Josh Duhamel, Michael Weatherly, Cameron Mathison, Mark Consuelos, Sarah Michelle Geller, Jacklyn Zeman, James Barbour, Mauricio Martinez and Michael J. Fox.
Tony Award-winning producer Dale Badway (An American in Paris) is the Master of Ceremonies. The Boy Band Project, featuring Travis Nesbitt will be honored with the Heart of Gold Award, while Dr. Annie Albarian is the recipient of the Lifetime Commitment Award. The Silver Star Award will go to Broadway's Blaine Alden Krauss (Kinky Boots, The Cher Show). In addition to musical entertainment from performers including Kristen Alderson (The Marvelous Wonderettes) and Nicholas Barasch (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), guests will enjoy refreshments, silent and live auctions, raffles, goodie bags, and the Jane Elissa Mini Boutique. Ben Rauch served as musical director/pianist.
Tickets range from $135-$1,000 per person. To purchase tickets online visit www.hatsforhealth.com/events.
Fashion designer, artist and author Jane Elissa is recognized as a pioneer in mixed media/collage on fabric, which she began doing in the mid-'70s, when she painted over the stains on an antique shawl. Soon Jane was hand painting and/or applying applique culled from vintage fabric on blouses, jeans, and jackets, eventually catching the attention of buyers for Manhattan's exclusive stores. Today Jane's designs -- which also include hats, handbags, coffee mugs, luggage and wall hangings -- can be found on her web site www.hatsforhealth.com. (A portion of the sale of Jane Elissa hats benefits Leukemia/Lymphoma research.) Jane's memoir, Diary of a Lollipop in a Peanut Factory (https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Lollipop-Peanut-Factory-Elissa/dp/1613333617/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504729434&sr=1-1&keywords=diary+of+a+lollipop+in+a+peanut+factory) offers a glimpse of how her mother's cancer diagnosis thrust Jane into the spotlight as an advocate for Leukemia research. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Syosset, Jane Elissa resides in Manhattan.
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