The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, is making final plans for its fund-raising Disco Ball - Boogie to Beethoven - Feb. 9, 2008, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event, benefiting The Pavilion’s Endowment Campaign, features exquisite food, wine and live performances – all set in a ‘70s-style disco!

“Boogie to Beethoven is a fun and entertaining way to provide guests with an opportunity to support The Pavilion in a more permanent way,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. “For only the third time in our 18-year history, our Board of Directors is hosting a gala to raise funds for The Pavilion’s Endowment Campaign. This gala is an important part of the future of The Pavilion.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an open bar at Happy Hour in the lobby of the Marriott’s Waterway Ballroom. At 7:15 p.m., guests are ushered into the ballroom where the disco party really begins with movie clips from “Staying Alive,” disco music and lights, and dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio – The Woodlands tearing up the dance floor. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Funky Fresh Harvest Salad of assorted baby greens with red wine-poached Asian pear, candied pecans, grape tomatoes and maple gorgonzola vinaigrette. After cleansing their palettes with Dy-No-Mite Lemon Sorbet, guests are treated to Travolta’s Favorite Filet & Chicken featuring a grilled filet and chicken mushroom medallions served over sun-dried tomato barley with feta cheese and spinach coulis. Following dinner, dessert is served featuring Poppin’ Surprise Strawberry Cheesecake with pop rocks in the crust, strawberry sauce and whipped cream, along with Psychedelic Brownies with white chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce and mint syrup.

After dinner, the Grand Funkmaster himself, Ralph McIngvale, takes the stage for a live auction featuring some spectacular packages including autographed guitars, golf trips to places like the Renaissance Club at Archerfield in Scotland, large dinners featuring celebrity chefs, trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the Kentucky Derby and more.

Featured entertainment for the evening is disco legend KC & The Sunshine Band. The group is as widely popular today as they were when they first danced onto the music scene more than 30 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – KC, for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove. From the mid- to late '70s, the multi-member group racked up some of the era's biggest and instantly recognizable dance hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That's The Way (I Like It),” “Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty),” "I'm Your Boogieman” and "Boogie Shoes" (the latter was included on the monster-selling soundtrack to the hit John Travolta disco movie, “Saturday Night Fever”).

Appearing before KC & The Sunshine Band is inspirational comedian Judson Laipply, a one-of-a-kind performer who has the audience engaged from the moment he steps on stage until he dances off. Yes, dances! Laipply is the creator and performer of “The Evolution of Dance,” the Internet video that has taken the world by storm amassing more than 10 million views in under two weeks. “The Evolution of Dance” has been featured on “Oprah,” CNN, MSN.com, E! Entertainment, “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” AOL.com, Google and countless others. Laipply performs “The Evolution of Dance” as part of the evening’s entertainment.

Other highlights of this “groovilicious” Disco Ball include a dress contest, dance contest and the announcement of the winner of a 2006 Paramount-Matador chopper - a bike worth $34,995. Raffle tickets for the Paramount Custom Cycles Signature Chopper, autographed by the builder and members of ZZ Top, are $20 each or six for $100. Tickets can be purchased at the American Dream Cycles showroom, The Pavilion’s administrative offices, or at the gala on Feb. 9. Although the winning name is drawn from the stage during the event, the winner does not have to be present to win. All proceeds from the raffle benefit The Pavilion’s performing arts and educational outreach programs.

Tables of 10 at Boogie to Beethoven range from $2,500 “Hot Pants” tables to $25,000 “Disco Ball” tables. Other table levels include “Polyester” at $5,000, “Platform Shoes” at $10,000 and “Leisure Suites” at $15,000. There are still a few opportunities to purchase tables. Interested individuals should contact Charlotte Weschler at 281-210-1122 or cweschler@woodlandscenter.org.

The following individuals and companies are donning their “Boogie Shoes” and shaking their groove things at their respective “Disco Ball” tables:

Administaff Nelda and Jim Blair Jacque and Lloyd Everson Candi and Gerald Glenn Catherine and George Lindahl III Betty and Ronald Pugh Smith International, Inc. Elaine and Steve Nance/Anne and Dave Dunlap/Kathy and John Campbell/ Kathy and Brent Smolik/Sheryl and Hank Wood
Co-hosts for the gala are Betty and Ronald Pugh and Catherine and George Lindahl.

For more information about Boogie to Beethoven, visit www.boogietobeethoven.org or contact Charlotte Weschler at 281-210-1122 or cweschler@woodlandscenter.org.

Founded in 1990, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.

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Contact: Courtney Galle, 281-210-1113
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