On Thursday, June 6 Oddfellows Playhouse hosted its second annual fundraising event, Food Improv: Where the Performing Arts Meets the Culinary Arts- Take 2!. A food and fun-filled evening, the Playhouse worked to raise money to support the Teen and Junior Repertory Company and scholarship fund while bringing together members of the community, friends, students and their parents. Even though it rained outside, it did not stop the fun.
Throughout the evening guests were treated to a delightful assortment of foods and drinks provided by the Riverhouse at Goodspeed, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, The Lace Factory, Cold Stone Creamery of Middletown, Lan Chi, Mattabesset Canoe Club, Lucky Taco, New England Emporium, NoRA Cupcake Company and Tschudin’s Chocolates & Confections, RIPE Craft Bar Juice and Onyx Moonshine.
WNPR Connecticut Public Radio Host and Correspondent Lucy Nalpathanchil hosted the evening for a crowd of over a hundred and helped them to get to know Oddfellows. She talked about the everyday difference Oddfellows is making in the lives of over 1,200 children each year and how the Playhouse uses the performing arts to make meaningful impacts and build life-long skills in children.
A particularly poignant moment in the evening came when Junior Repertory Company students Alex LaBella and Caroline Rocco spoke about what Oddfellows has meant to them and how it has helped shape who they are. “Both of these young actors have performed in front of sold-out audiences, said co-chair Mary Murphy. “Being able to listen first-hand to them speaking about their experiences at Oddfellows was invaluable. It shows how important Oddfellows is to not only these kids, but all the kids who go there and the real difference it makes.” In addition, long-time supporters and Board Members of Oddfellows Playhouse, Melissa Schilke and Jane McMillan were recognized with special awards at the event for all their years of service and volunteerism.
“That night we raised money to support our programs and our scholarship fund and I couldn’t be happier,” said co-chair Elizabeth Cipollina. “ We owe a great deal of thanks from our sponsors, Citizen’s Bank, Connecticut Rental Center, the law offices of Farrell, Geenty, Sheeley, Boccalatte & Guarino, P.C. and the law offices of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C.. Their sponsorship helped make this a huge success. ”
|Alex LaBella of the Junior Repertory Company talks about his experience at Oddfellows|