GO GAGA

ASU Gammage anticipates 50th anniversary with its second annual gala.

Nearly 350 guests gathered Oct. 12 on stage at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed performing arts center ASU Gammage to celebrate the theater's second annual gala.

The Golden Gammage Gala (GO GAGA) was an opportunity for supporters to come together for a grand fête to celebrate Gammage’s cultural and economic impact throughout the state. The event was the second of three major social events planned leading up to the Golden Anniversary in 2014. The third and final gala is set for fall 2014.

GO GAGA attendees included many members of Gammage's 50th Anniversary Leadership Board including co-chairs Leslie and Jeff Rich of Scottsdale, Mary Way (co-chair) and Bill Way of Paradise Valley, William Ahearn of Phoenix, Jo Finks of Phoenix, Fernand Fernandez of Chandler, Grady Gammage, Jr. of Phoenix, Laurie and Chuck Goldstein of Paradise Valley and Albert Leffler of Phoenix.

The safari-themed evening was the “Mane Event” in town with fabulous entertainment by Bandaloop, who performed their signature moves of vertical dance, descending from walls and ceilings of ASU Gammage. Performances also included Broadway star Dan’yelle Williamson who sang six songs while guests dined onstage. Guests were also treated to live African animals, an African drum corps and a sneak peek performance by Disney’s "The Lion King’s Rafiki."

“I firmly support the arts. People should realize that civilizations are known by the arts they leave behind. By preserving the ASU Gammage we are showing future generations our skills and telling them what we valued. We must maintain this jewel of the desert,” Leslie Rich says.

PHOTOS: TIM TRUMBLE

 

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