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Arden Theatre Company’s Granfalloon 2010 to be held at Comcast Center
Biannual fundraising gala honors N. Peter Hamilton
May 25, 2010

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company’s Granfalloon is slated for Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The biannual fundraising gala will honor N. Peter Hamilton, a longtime Arden Board Member and devoted supporter of Arden Children’s Theatre and Education programming.

The evening will begin at 7pm with a dinner Ralph’s Café, on the 43rd floor of the Comcast Center, for event sponsors and the host committee. The party then moves downstairs from 8:30pm-12am to the Winter Garden Lobby for dancing under the 25 foot high Comcast Experience Video Wall to the rocking sounds of Leroy Hawkes and the Hipnotics, cocktail buffet and open bar, special guest appearances and a silent auction. The dinner portion of the evening is sold out, but tickets are available to the reception in the Winter Garden for $150. Information and tickets are available online at ardentheatre.org/granfalloon.

Honorary co-chairs Rhonda and David Cohen, along with event co-chairs Lee and Chris van de Velde lead the Granfalloon Committee which includes Ronna F. Hall, Chair; Michael A. Donato and Peter Sonzogni, Auction Co-Chairs; as well as thirteen other committee members and over 100 Host Committee members. A full list of Host Committee members is available online at ardentheatre.org/granfalloon/committee.html. Event sponsors include Aloe Investment Corporation, Comcast, Independence Foundation and Hamilton Family Foundation. A complete list can be found online at ardentheatre.org/granfalloon/sponsors.html.

Granfalloon Honoree N. Peter Hamilton has been a member of the Arden’s board for 10 years and a tremendous Arden supporter for many years. In 1998, support from Peter Hamilton as well as the Hamilton Family Foundation was instrumental in launching Arden Children’s Theatre. Arden Children’s Theatre is now in its 12th season, and has been seen by more than 325,000 patrons. Hamilton continues to be a key supporter of the Arden’s work with children, including their education outreach program, Arden for All, serving over 5,000 kids in the Greater Philadelphia region each year.

The Granfalloon auction has already begun online at ardentheatre.org/auction/. Packages include vacation homes, elite dining experiences, theatre tickets, high-end jewelry and much more. The auction winners will be announced at the Granfalloon, along with the winner of a weeklong getaway to a Tuscan wine estate which Arden audience members have had a chance to win by purchasing raffle tickets at the theatre and online at ardentheatre.org/support/raffle.html.

Arden Theatre Company named the Granfalloon, the company’s biannual fundraising gala, after a term coined by Kurt Vonnegut meaning a gathering of like-minded people. The Arden’s first production in 1988 was Who Am I This Time? by Kurt Vonnegut. The Granfalloon in 2008 raised over $120,000 for the Arden’s artistic and educational programming.


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Members of the press who would like to gain admittance to Granfalloon 2010 for coverage, or would like photos of the event, should contact Leigh Goldenberg, Marketing Associate, at 215.922.8900 x43 or lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden has received six Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year citations, 52 awards and 234 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
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