The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, hosts the “Saturday Night Live” gala Feb. 26, 2011, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Musical guests The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, take the stage for the event, benefiting The Pavilion’s Endowment Campaign. The evening includes exquisite food and wine, and guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite SNL character.
The Art of Comedy VIP Preview Party held Oct. 28 in the House of Blues Hospitality Tent at The Pavilion served as the kick-off to the “Saturday Night Live” gala. The preview party featured local comedian Tommy Drake. Guests enjoyed a dinner of “Cheezborgers, Cheeps and Pepsi (No Coke!)” and lots of fun.
The “Saturday Night Live” gala features the original, the one and only, the certified, not an imitation…The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi. In November 1979, Jake and Elwood Blues made their national television debut (and first paying gig) on "Saturday Night Live" with their breakthrough, high-energy rendition of Sam Dave's classic "Soul Man." It was an overnight sensation that catapulted these two brothers from Calumet City, Ill., to the heights of stardom. "Soul Man" sparked a national summer tour, two platinum albums and the landmark feature film, "The Blues Brothers." Twenty-two years later, after the passing of Jake, the long-lost brother Zee finally peeled his face from the guitar to carry on the family tradition: a high-energy, authentic, rhythm-and-blues show band with a South Memphis accent and an East Texas kick. Elwood Blues returns as "the legacy" and joins Brother Zee as "the blood," singing and dancing their way through all the greatest Blues Brothers hits. "Sweet Home, Chicago," "Messin' with the Kid" and of course "Soul Man" all backed by the internationally renowned Sacred Hearts.
“This one-of-a-kind event only happens once every few years, and it will definitely be the party of the year, “said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. “For only the fourth time in The Pavilion’s 21-year history, our Board of Directors hosts a fundraising gala benefiting The Pavilion’s Endowment Campaign. Funds raised for the Endowment ensure the longevity of The Pavilion. This gala is an important part of the future of The Pavilion.”
Another highlight of the event is the Audi raffle for a chance to win a 2011 Audi A5 Convertible or two first-class airline tickets on Continental Airlines. Only 750 tickets will be sold at $100 each. At the gala, nine finalists from the 749 tickets sold before the event will be drawn. Ticket No. 750 will be sold during the live auction Feb. 26 and will be placed in the final drawing. The holder of the first ticket drawn from the 10 finalists wins the car. The holder of the second ticket drawn wins the airline tickets. All proceeds from the raffle benefit The Pavilion’s performing arts and educational outreach programs.
Parties like this only happen once in a “blue” moon, so don’t miss out! Tables of 10 at “Saturday Night Live” are priced from $5,000 for a “Spartan Cheerleaders” table to $50,000 for a “Blues Brothers” table. Other table levels include “Wayne’s World” for $10,000, “The Killer Bees” for $15,000 and “The Coneheads” for $25,000. Individual tickets are $500. Other sponsorships are available.
The following individuals and companies will “look mahvelous” at their respective tables, including: Administaff, Candi and Gerald Glenn, and Lindahl Family Foundation at “The Blues Brothers” tables; Steve Bozeman, Anne and David Dunlap, Gayelene and Ralph McIngvale, Elaine and Steve Nance and Sandy and Steve Morrow, and the Mitchell Family at “The Coneheads” tables; FMC Technologies, and Becker Family Foundation at “The Killer Bees” tables; and Linn Energy, Carol and Phil Garner, Projek Chemical, Wright’s Printing, Wells Fargo, The Woodlands Development Company, and America Styrenics at the “Wayne’s World” tables. Chairmen of the gala are Candi and Gerald Glenn.
For more information about the “Saturday Night Live” gala, the Audi raffle, or to purchase a table or tickets to the event, visit www.woodlandscenter.org or contact Christine Scully at 281-210-1102 or [email protected].
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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.