WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE PRESENTS
A SPECIAL FREE PERFORMANCE OF “SHOW BOAT”
FOR LOCAL CHILDREN’S HOMES
Each year for the past 40 years, Westchester Broadway Theatre has donated a matinee performance of one of its mainstage productions to children residing in Westchester County institutions. This year the children will be treated to the new musical production of Show Boat January 13, 2016 at 1 p.m. The invitees include clients of Andrus Children’s Center, The Children’s Village, Green Chimneys, Sunshine Children’s Home, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School, Pleasantville Cottage School, Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, Lincoln Hall, Putnam Associated Resource Center, Cardinal McClosky Home and Diagnostic Center in Pleasantville. There will be more than 400 children and chaperones in attendance. Approximately 16,500 children and chaperones have attended since the program began.
The children range in age from five to 18. Some residing in the institutions have physical or emotional disabilities; the organizations provide assessment of their emotional, behavioral, school and family difficulties and work to meet their needs. Others live in residential treatment centers which offer long-term care and schooling.
In addition to the invitation to Westchester Broadway Theatre, each of the organizations also is contacted by theatre staff to determine any material needs they may have. These then are met through gift donations which are presented at the end of the performance. Proceeds for the gifts come from our generous audiences during the holiday season. Gifts include: computers, color printers, digital cameras, video cameras, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, microwaves, stereo systems, video games, etc. In recent years, some unique requests also have been met including eight strollers for one organization and a pool table for another.
Westchester Broadway Theatre is proud to provide the children residing in these homes with an opportunity to see a fully-staged musical free of charge. During intermission, ice cream, cookies, and beverages are provided. Each year we are gratified in seeing how involved the children become with the experience of watching live theatre. The responses of the children and the appreciation of the staff are the reasons owners Bill Stutler and Bob Funking continue to donate these performances, as well as fulfill the gift requests year after year.
The owners of Westchester Broadway Theatre are very cognizant of the needs of the entire local community and have initiated numerous other opportunities for contributions. With the help of our generous patrons, this year‘s donations also included:
- $16,000 raised for Hudson Valley Honor Flights.
- Gift certificates totaling $30,000 donated in 2015 to local charities, schools, and other deserving organizations.
- $7000 raised this year for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, AmeriCares, The Foster House, and The Thommie Walsh Education Fund.
Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914)592-2268 ext. 804