2017 Applause! Gala

Phoenix Theatre event raises more than $430K


Applause! Gala performance

Almost 400 guests attended Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala on Oct. 21 to celebrate the 2017 honorees.

From Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard’s parody scenes to Herb Box Catering’s inspired dishes, Phoenix Theatre company, staff and their guests dined, laughed and danced well into the evening. One of the evening’s most memorable highlights was when Valley philanthropists Nancy Hanley, Lynne Love and Martha Martin were arrested for being “vertically challenged” in good fun for the Wrigley Mansion Buy-In Party.

Michelle King Robson and Deanna Clarkson Smith co-chaired the evening, which raised more than $430,000 for programming both on the stage and in the community.

2017 Applause! Gala Honorees

Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Pope Humanitarian Award • Nan Howlett, Woman Who Cares Award • Dr. P. David Adelson, Man of Character Award • Jill and George Garcia, Angels of the Art Award • Dr. Oliver and Sharon Harper, Lifetime Achievement Award


Char Hubble, Lynne Love and Amanda Garmany

Guests during the al fresco cocktail hour

Michelle King Robson and Michael Barnard

Darlene Keller-Price, Carolyn Pain, Cooper Hallstrom and Dr. Sue Sisley

Dr. Andrea Markowitz and Pat O’Brien

Barbara Adelson and Dr. P. David Adelson

Kimberly Jacobsen and Dr. William Jacobsen

C.A. and Nan Howlett; Larry and Janet Read

Jason Kush, Jim and Flower Manley, and Kyle and Alex Read

Jill and George Garcia

Jo Watson and the birdman

Leona and Ames Yee, Joyce and Greg Watson

Lt. Col. Zac Mathews, Hon. Neil Giuliano, Karrin Taylor Robson and Edward Robson

Michael Dobbs, Caleb Reese and Lucas Coatney

Sharon Harper and Dr. Oliver Harper

Wally Henkel, Martha Martin and Michael Barnard

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