Sep 082012

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is one of your child’s best friends from elementary school through his or her high school years at Amity. The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in the memory of Orange resident Jamie Alaine Hulley and dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals.

At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors Amity’s Creative Theatre, the visiting artist program, and the annual film festival. Four-year partial scholarships are awarded to Amity students in theater and studio art each year. Artist The foundation also awards Community Grants to local non-profits such as the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after-school art program, the Amity Teen Center for a mural project, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, and the Square Foot Theatre in North Haven to develop successful youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp.

All of these great programs do not pay for themselves. The Foundation depends on the proceeds from its major fundraiser to keep things going. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation will celebrate its Tenth Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit at the Regina A. Quick Center at Fairfield University. This year’s event transports you to the magical world of New York City’s Theater District as the perfect harmonies of THE BROADWAY BOYS bring to life a combination of old time favorites and contemporary show stoppers. If you think that you have heard it all before, you are wrong.

The Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to your favorite show tunes creating an unforgettable Broadway experience. The evening also features special performance by artistic young people who have participated in the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s scholarship and grant programs. Master of Ceremonies is David Raffauf, the Foundation’s co-founder & Vice President, who has served as emcee since the first benefit, in 2003.

The Evening for the Arts reception begins at 6 pm and includes complimentary wine, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction with over 150 items including a vacation getaway, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats to fulfill every desire, theater and sports tickets including box seats to a Yankee-Red Sox game, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and a limited edition Imagine Peace jacket donated by Yoko Ono. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there will be dessert by Carlos Bakery as seen on TLC’s Cake Boss and Jamie ARTinis on our bar menu. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

All proceeds from the gala go to support annual scholarships, grants, and educational programs in the arts which impact the lives of hundreds of children, teens and early career adults throughout the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation awards grants to teachers in local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. [Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have received grants.]

If your second grader ever came home talking about the visits from the Orange Historical Society (Candle making, churning butter, learning about antique kitchen tools). If you’ve seen an Amity High School Play: Les Miserables, Chicago, Legally Blonde or enjoyed  a student art show, then you already are familiar with the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation. Come on out and support them so they can continue to serve the community.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office 203-254-4010.  For information contact the foundation at 203-891-8869 or jamieart@snet.net

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