The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is hosting its 14th Annual Evening For The Arts gala Saturday, September 10 at Fairfield University’s Quick Center. The evening features, direct from Las Vegas, FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown, a musical review of some of the most memorable songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
“FOUR by FOUR comes to us from the creators of last year’s smash hit performers OH WHAT NIGHT! The show is a vibrant trip back to the California surfing scene, the British Invasion, the Disco decade, and Detroit’s glory days with hits including Good Vibrations, She Loves You, Staying Alive, and My Girl – FOUR electrifying musical performances in ONE extraordinary night of entertainment!” said Foundation President Judy Primavera. She and her family started the foundation after her daughter Jamie Hulley passed away 14 years ago, just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.
Each year the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation awards between four and nine grants to the four Orange schools depending on teacher interest. “If they apply with a reasonable idea, we typically fund the project,” said Primavera. “When children leave elementary school, more Jamie A. Hulley foundation opportunities await them at Amity Middle and Amity High School. In fact, the foundation most recently helped to establish Amity Middle School’s Spartan Players and served as headlining sponsor to this year’s production of Beauty & the Beast.”
“The arts are important to children because they level the playing field. When children learn through art, it equalized the experience,” Primavera said. “With art, the world is full of possibilities.”
The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, Wallingford’s Square Foot Theatre, and Connor Deane’s Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.
“I’m all about relationships,” Primavera said. “That’s why our scholarships are for four years. We focus on long-term goals. It’s come full-circle, we helped Connor Deane and now Connor’s helping us through his work with Broadway Method Academy.”
Funds raised at the event will go toward program funding at schools in Orange and surrounding towns and scholarships for local college students. “As always, you can expect a reception filled with good cheer and many ways to bring home ‘treasures’ such as vacations, gift cards, Red Sox tickets, a taco Loco pizza Truck party for 50 people, sports memorabilia & theater tickets including much coveted VIP passes to the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show,” Primavera said.
Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. More information is available on the foundation’s website: http://www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org/.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent