Finneran Joins Chenoweth, Hayes and Morrison at CANY Benefit 5/17

Tony Award-Winner Dick Latessa, and Chairman of the Board, brings together Broadway stars to help raise funds for Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) which uses theatre to help New York's most vulnerable children and adults. This year's annual gala, Broadway at the Boathouse...Encore, is to be held at the Loeb Central Park Boathouse (in Central Park near East 72nd Street entrance) on May 17, 2010. The honoree is Dr. Sandra Bloom, creator of the Sanctuary Model® of trauma informed care and the Co-Director of the Center for Non-Violence & Social Justice at Drexel University.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, buffet dinner, silent auction, and gondola boat rides. The program starting at 8:00 pm includes musical performances by Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes, Katie Finneran and Cady Huffman. Special guest Matthew Morrison, star of the TV series "Glee," will also join the festivities.

For additional information, please contact Creative Alternatives at (212) 222-1969, or

For over 25 years, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) has been helping children and adults across the New York Metropolitan area whose lives have been fragmented by trauma and mental health challenges by using the art of theatre as a therapeutic tool - helping them to imagine and envision new possibilities and discover their potential for change. Working in partnership with leading social service organizations and health care institutions, CANY provides approximately 1,400 therapeutic theater groups annually in residential centers for children, special schools, psychiatric care facilities, domestic violence safe shelters and community centers serving at risk youth.

"As an artist, I strongly believe that theater can change lives," said Academy Award-winner and CANY Board Member Susan Sarandon. "At CANY this is being proven on a daily basis."

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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