Berkeley’s acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company, now celebrating its 19th season, “lights up the night” with an evening of wining and dining at Aurora Borealis, the company’s 13th annual benefit, to be held at the newly-renovated historic Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley.
Guests at the fundraising fête, honoring former Board presidents Alison Teeman and Carolyn Weinberger, and chaired by Deborah Goodman, will enjoy specialty wines along with a silent auction, followed by a three-course dinner catered by renowned chef Banks White.
According to organizers, the evening will conclude with a live auction of exclusive items including: a holiday stay in New York City, complete with tickets to a bevy of Broadway shows; a week-long stay in a fabulous London flat; a private tea party with political personality, professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich along with renowned director and actress Joy Carlin; tickets to a concert and a private backstage tour at the San Francisco Symphony; a behind-the-scenes tour and lunch at Pixar Studios with producer John Walker; and a Private tour of the Picasso exhibit at the De Young museum.
Funds raised at the gala event will support Aurora Theatre Company’s live performances, innovative education program, and the Global Age Project new works initiative.
Aurora Borealis Committee members include: Vicki Elnick (Walnut Creek), Jacquelin Ewing (Walnut Creek), Deborah Goodman (chair, Berkeley), Ellen Levine (Oakland), Wendy Markel (Berkeley), Darra Messing (San Francisco), Hillary Reinis (Berkeley), and Lisa Taylor (Berkeley). A Host Committee of Berkeley community leaders includes: Mayor Tom Bates, Senator Loni Hancock, Helen and John Meyer, Pamela and John Walker, and Lois De Domenico.
AURORA BOREALIS Gala
Monday, May 2, 2011
Cocktails and Silent Auction, 6pm; Dinner and Live Auction, 7:30pm
Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Single tickets $250; Sponsorship opportunities $1,500-10,000.