Party-goers got “wild and crazy” at the “Saturday Night Live” gala held Feb. 26 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event raised more than $325,000, including $142,000 from the live auction. These funds benefit the Endowment Campaign for The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Endowment Campaign helps ensure the future of arts and educational programming at The Pavilion. Additionally, another $68,600 was raised Saturday night from the raffle of an Audi A5 Convertible.
“We were hoping it would be the party of the year and by many accounts it was,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion, of the SNL soiree. “Guests wore their favorite SNL or Blues Brothers costumes and came ready to have a good time, enjoy great music and support the arts at The Pavilion.”
The “Saturday Night Live” gala featured musical guests The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi. The duo put on a spectacular show featuring such hits as “Soul Man,” “Sweet Home, Chicago,” “Messin’ with the Kid” and more. Many guests were able to join The Blues Brothers on stage, dancing and singing the blues.
One of the highlights of the evening was the drawing for the winners of a 2011 Audi A5 Convertible and two first-class tickets on United Airlines (formerly Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion). A total of 616 raffle tickets were sold prior to and at the event. The 617th ticket was auctioned off at the gala for $7,000, bringing the raffle proceeds to $68,600 benefiting The Pavilion’s 2011 performing arts and educational outreach programs. Phil Wedemeyer, who was not present at the gala, was the lucky winner of the car. Gerald Glenn was the winner of the airline tickets.
The gala also featured many “mahevlous” live auction items. More than $142,000 was raised from the auction that included exclusive trips, music packages, one-of-a-kind sports packages, a specialty piece of jewelry, culinary dining and spa packages, and the opportunity to sing “Soul Man” on stage with Aykroyd and Belushi.
“The gala was very successful financially,” MacDonald said. “We are thrilled to add $325,000 to our endowment as well as put more than $68,000 toward our 2011 arts and educational programming. This success makes a strong statement about the support the arts have in this community.”
At the gala, prizes were awarded for the “best dressed” attendees. Winners of the “best dressed couple” were Theresa and Lamar Roemer. The “best dressed table” award went to the table purchased by Candi and Gerald Glenn featuring the “Single Ladies,” Jimmy Field, Brian Petrauskas and Shirelle and Brian Chimenti.
For more information about the “Saturday Night Live” gala and The Pavilion, visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
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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.