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Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash

TV Host Entertainment Journalist interviews Producer Paul Allan and Asst. to Producer/Director of Development Scot Allan  at the Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue, New York

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Casting Director Michael Baker and Actress Julia Macchio  at the Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue, New York

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at  at the Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue, New York

THE GATEWAY’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

TO BENEFIT THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF SUFFOLK COUNTY

took place on FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue.

Guests and supporters joined together to support Gateway Theater in bringing live, professional, 

Broadway quality entertainment

to Suffolk County. Your support will also further their community outreach efforts such as arts in education programs within their local school districts and non-profit partners,

as well as providing theatrical arts opportunities to the underserved in the community's local area.

The evening was filled with fabulous fun, food, and festivity in

celebration of 69 years of the best in theatrics

The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County strives to enrich a wide range of communities with quality theatrical experiences through diverse arts, entertainment and educational programs. They endeavor to serve these communities in a fiscally responsible manner, to provide affordable resources to schools and non-profit organizations, and to ensure the future of the theatrical arts in their region.

The Gateway School for the Performing Arts (GSPA) offers a comprehensive array of classes, workshops, and intensives for students of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner, a musical theatre enthusiast, a comedian, or a serious actor, there’s a class designed specifically for you, each culminating in a final presentation for family and friends on their Main Stage!

At the event I was happy to chat with Director Michael Baker who expressed that all Gateway Acting School instructors are arts & enteratinment professionals, with extensive academic and professional experience in the theatre, film and TV world. Many are based in New York City, hold BFA degrees in acting and are affiliated with professional unions such as AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AGVA.

Faculty members have trained with luminaries such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Uta Hagen, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephane Schwartz (creator of Godspell, Pippin, Wicked, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame), and Jason Robert Brown (creator of "The Last Five Years").

Both Executive Artistic Director Paul Allan and Director of Development & Public Relations Scot Allan stressed the importance of the arts and live theater.

The Gateway is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Help live theatre thrive by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Currently running at the Gateway Playhouse is Cabaret!

Willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where a raucous ensemble takes the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. Set in a sexy nightclub in post-World War I Berlin,this fierce and provocative musical tells the story of a vivacious, talented performer who strikes up a relationship with an American writer, all while a zealous Master of Ceremonies commands the action at the club. Featuring some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Two Ladies” and “Maybe This Time,” this John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff Tony-winning masterpiece is well worth revisiting.

I also had a chance to chat with Actress/Dancer Julia Macchio daughter of Actor and Filmmaker Ralph Macchio about her performance in the upcoming production "Flashdance" which will be showing Aug 29, 2018 - Sept 15, 2018 at Patchogue Theatre.

Belting 80s Anthems! What a feeelin’! Based on the Paramount Pictures film of the same name, Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hit "Maniac," "Manhunt," "Gloria," "I Love Rock & Roll" and the sensational title track "Flashdance!" Karate Kid’s daughter and Long Island native Julia Macchio plays Alex, an 18 year old dancer who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

To learn more information about the Gateway Playhouse Theater please visit https://thegateway.org/

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The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews  CBS 2 NEWS ANCHOR CHRIS WRAGGE at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation 

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Dr. Samuel Waxman poses for a photo-op with Honorees Chef Matt Lambert,  Ramy Brook Sharp and Joe Farrell at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

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Jean Shafiroff (Photo Credit ©Patrick McMullan) at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Chef Mat Lambert at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Ramy Brook Sharp at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, CPT Founder and CEO of Elements Fitness Studio at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening celebrated the achievements and charitable contributions benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) at Kenneth and Maria Fishel’s Bridgehampton estate. Hosting the most anticipated summer benefit was CBS 2 co-anchor Chris Wragge who helped honor leading industry visionaries including: Chef Honoree Matt Lambert, Executive Chef & Co-owner of The Musket Room and Michelin Star Recipient; Fashion Honoree Ramy Brook Sharp, Founder & Creative Director of Ramy Brook; and Business Honoree Joe Farrell, Founder & President of Farrell Building Company.

Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Chris and Sarah Wragge, Kenneth and Maria Fishel, Chef Matt Lambert, Ramy Brook Sharp, Robert Sharp, Joe Farrell, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Laurie L. Schaffran, James E. Frankel, Jill Frankel, Lewis and Wendy Rubin, Wendy Rubin, Howard Shlafmitz, Natali Yura, Marc Taub, Sheriff and The Deputy, Marc Leder, Brian Waterman, Debby Hymowitz, Rique Uresti, William T. Sullivan, Robin Lathrop, Jesse Dean, Rachel Kramer, Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young, Erica Fineberg, Chris Arlotta, Barbara Lambert, Jessica Mackin, Jake Taub, Marc Taub, Duncan Shiek, Andrea Fornarola, Ian Duke, Scott Kampf, Jean Shafiroff, Ricky and Dianna Passarelli.

The Hamptons Happening drew more than 300 distinguished guests in celebration of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s international efforts to cure cancer. Calling to action the members of the audience, emcee Chris Wragge asked those who have been affected by the disease to raise their hands. The wave of hands emphasized the heartfelt connection between both supporters and collaborators that further tied them to the cause Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Samuel Waxman has dedicated his entire career.

Taking the stage, Samuel Waxman, M.D. joined Chris Wragge to graciously present awards to the honorees and event hosts who included the East End’s most sought-after home developer, Joe Farrell, leading contemporary womenswear founder and creative director of Ramy Brook, Ramy Brook Sharp, and Michelin-star Executive Chef Matt Lambert of the Musket Room. Philanthropist family Kenneth and Maria Fishel, accompanied by their children Melissa and Bradley, have hosted the Hamptons Happening at their 15-acre Bridgehampton residence for four successive years. Maria Fishel accepted a bouquet of white roses, on behalf of her family, for their reputable dedication in the fight against cancer. The Fishels reciprocated with an additional $10,000 donation towards the Foundation.

Facilitated by auctioneer Duncan Shieb, the live auction led to a spirited bidding war for a selection of thoughtfully curated auction items. A Rosewood Fairmont Resorts package auctioned for $8,000 brought additional philanthropic support to the Foundation. A dinner and wine pairing for eight at The Musket Room was secured by a final bid of $5,000. Also, a hands-on internship experience at the Ramy Brook store was secured by another auction participant. Two bidders secured tee times for four players at Robert Rubin’s exclusive The Bridge Golf Club. Lastly, a “Passport” Vacation auction item with more than 20 travel destinations to choose from went to a very lucky winner.

Every year, The Hamptons Happening is among the most eagerly awaited events of the Hamptons summer 2018 social calendar. The benefit is a scrumptious celebration of New York’s finest cuisine, personally presented by 20 of the top chefs of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. Guests indulged their appetites for the savory and the sweet, mixed and mingled, bid on exciting live and silent auction items and danced to world renowned bluegrass band Sheriff and The Deputy all the while collaborating to fund the quest for a cure for cancer.

Sheriff Bob of Goodtimes and Deputy Kat Minogue treated guests to a bluegrass and country music jam playing the feel-good sounds of authentic country music. In high spirits, Dr. Waxman took part in the “Goodtimes” on stage as guests sung along during the one-of-a-kind performance. The event’s producer was Robin Lathrop of ByRobin and Untouchable Events donated a DJ and photo booth.

The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening was chaired by Event Co-Founder Marion N. Waxman, Sponsorship Chair Karen Amster-Young and Journal Chair Erica Linden-Fineberg. The Hamptons Happening committee members included Chris Arlotta, Ellen Antonucci, Jordan Brail, Maria Fishel, Barbara Lambert, Jessica Mackin, Laurie Schaffran, Jake Taub, and Erin Woudsma.

Sponsors and event partners included: AmTrust Title, Bridgehampton National Bank, Farrell Building Company, J.P. Morgan Private Banking, Palm Bay International, Sun Capital Partners, ByRobin, The Independent, with Hampton Luxury Liner as the Transportation Sponsor, and Hamptons Magazine as the Media Sponsor. Participating restaurants, chefs and spirits brands included: Union Cantina, 21 Club, Backyard Brine Pickle Company, Centro Trattoria & Bar, Clarkson Ave. Crumb Cakes, Eataly, Great Performances Catering, Golden Pear Café, Insatiable EATS Catering & Event Specialists, Haas Brothers Tequila, Magnolia Bakery, MarieBelle Chocolates, The Musket Room, Montauk Hard Label Whiskey, Saaz Indian Restaurant, Seafood Shoppe, Simple Vodka, South Fork Bakery, Union League Club, and Woops! Macarons.

Performers from The National Circus Project returned to The Hamptons Happening for a third year to delight attendees with their whimsical presence and magic tricks.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org


About Sheriff and The Deputy


Sheriff Bob, also known as Sheriff Uncle Bob and The Sheriff of Goodtimes, has been playing Country, Bluegrass, and Folk music in New York City for more than 60 years. In the 50s and 60s Bob was playing in West Village cafes with the likes of Wavy Gravy and Bob Dylan. The Sheriff currently runs a jam every third Wednesday of the month at the Zinc Bar, where everyone is encouraged to play and sing along and learn the songs—to take part in the Goodtimes! Sheriff Bob also supports other jams, such as Mona’s Monday Night Bluegrass Session, run by guitarist Rick Snell. Sheriff Bob also brings Goodtimes to the small Caribbean island of Anguilla, where he co-produces the Moonsplash festival at the Dune Preserve with long-time friend and fellow musician, Bankie Banx. The Sheriff also runs a studio where artists such as Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, and Phoebe Hunt have recorded. Sheriff Bob is currently producing a short documentary film about being “The Sheriff of Goodtimes,” featuring some of the finest musicians in New York City! This film will premiere at the “Doc NYC” film festival in November 2018.

In 2017, Sheriff Bob teamed up with long-time singing partner, Kat Minogue, to form the band, Sheriff and The Deputy. Kat grew up in the country but only started playing Bluegrass and Country music when she moved to the city. It is the mission of this band to bring Goodtimes to people through music. Sheriff and The Deputy plays Opry City Stage, the Zinc Bar, Thompson Street Medicine Show, Anyway Cafe, Mona’s, Porchlight, and has just been accepted into the MTA Music Under New York program!

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 5TH ANNUAL “COMEDY NIGHT WITH SOME APRIL FOOLS”

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Director Gillian Wood Pultz at: Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with supporter Denise LeBeau at:

Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

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Angela Devito and Gillian Wood Pultz pose for a photo-op at:

Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

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TV Host/Entertainment Journalist interviews Comedian SCOTT SCHENDLINGER at Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall 

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Auction items at Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

Longislanders "TICKLED THEIR FUNNY BONE AT THE 5TH ANNUAL “COMEDY NIGHT WITH SOME APRIL FOOLS”

A benefit for the North Fork Animal Welfare League!

The event featured NATIONAL HEADLINER: JODIE WASSERMAN!

Jodie has appeared on NBC'S Last Comic Standing, BET's Comic View, plus Comedy Central's Premium Blend.

PLUS! DIRECT FROM THE NY COMEDY SCENE…

SCOTT SCHENDLINGER, GARY KESHNER

AND PAUL CORRIGAN (SIRIUS/XM RADIO)!

 AT THE VAIL-LEVITT MUSIC HALL

18 PECONIC AVENUE. RIVERHEAD, NY 11901

APRIL 21 2018 AT 8:00PM

Doors open at 6:30pm



The event took place at the grand historic Vail-Levitt Music Hall off of main street at 18 Peconic Avenue

 in Riverhead, New York.


Back in the early 1960s, the Southold Dog Pound could be found at the Town Dump. It was a small, dirty, cinder-block building the size of tool shed with no air conditioning, and a very sad place for an animal to end up.

Along came a very small group of animal lovers who wanted to help the homeless strays in their community and thus formed the North Fork Animal Welfare League (NFAWL). With no funds and no shelter, they began their long, slow journey to provide a decent, temporary home for unwanted animals until their forever home was found. Fifty years later they continue to strive toward this mission to adopt out all of our community’s strays and surrenders.

By the 1970s, the League’s presence had grown bigger. More people became members and embraced the mission, and along with them came donations. The League and the people who supported it began to put pressure on Southold Town. These efforts provoked the Town to build a six run dog kennel in Peconic, and a dog warden was hired. Unfortunately, due to uncaring wardens and substandard building construction, the animals still received very poor care, and the building deteriorated. Something needed to be done.

In the late 1970s, New York State enacted a new Dog Control Law and for the first time, Humane Societies such as ours were given the right to contract with a Town to help enforce dog control laws and run the Town’s dog pounds.

In 1980, NFAWL was the one of the first not-for-profit organizations in the state of New York and the first Humane Organization on Long Island to contract with a town. Now, the League operates animal shelters for two towns — Southold and Riverhead.

The Nort Fork Animal Welfare League has dog control officers on hand 24 hours a day. They are called out at any time to pick up lost or escaped dogs and pick up lost companion animals. They also assist in rescuing wildlife.

The organization has an open door policy for their community’s dogs and cats without homes. They provide immediate veterinary care for the sick, and every dog and cat is vaccinated and gets a complete checkup. No companion animal is ever killed because it is homeless . . . EVER!

They have many programs available to the public including spay and neuter clinics, microchip clinics, and Feral cat spay and Neuter programs. They help local families keep their companion animals in their homes when they experience hardships. They also offer our community educational clinics such as humane education, bite prevention, dog training, dog therapy visits, etc. The list keeps growing.

To learn more information on how you can support, participate and contribute please visit main.nfawl.org

Your donations count!


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