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Nearly 400 guests gathered at the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore Resort to celebrate the
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed performing arts center – ASU Gammage, which turned 50 this year.
The third annual Golden Gammage Gala (Go GAGA) brought together ASU Gammage supporters to celebrate ASU Gammage’s cultural and economic impact throughout the state and raised more than $300,000.
Tony Award winner Sutton Foster provided the evening’s entertainment along with comedian, journalist and CBS Sunday Morning host and creator Mo Rocca, who served as the evening’s emcee. Go GAGA attendees included members of ASU Gammage’s 50th Anniversary Leadership Board co-chairs Leslie and Jeff Rich, Mary Way (co-chair) and Bill Way, Albert Leffler, William Ahearn, Jo Finks, Grady Gammage, Jr., Michael Manning, Laurie and Chuck Goldstein, and Sarah Nolan. Also in attendance were Arizona State University’s Jim O’Brien and Rick Shangraw.
The evening honored the family of long-time donor Jerry Appell, who recently passed away, with the Jerry Appell award for his support of the performing arts in the Valley. Also honored was Broadway producer David Stone, who received the first-ever GAMMY Award for his lifetime contribution for Connecting CommunitiesTM through Broadway.
During the event, ASU Gammage announced the Golden Gammage initiative, a $16.2 million capital campaign to sustain the landmark performing arts center for future generations. The initiative includes a capital-improvements fund to ensure ASU Gammage meets the needs of today’s patrons, including plans for restroom expansion, accessibility improvements and a revamped sound system. It also includes a programming endowment to support the mission of Connecting Cmmunities to ensure ASU Gammage continues its programs in perpetuity.
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