The Old Globe celebrated in style at the 2018 Globe Gala on Saturday, September 22, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The glamorous annual event featured an exclusive, one-night-only performance by the incomparable Andra Day.
This year, the Gala again raised approximately $1million for the Globe’s Artistic and Arts Engagement programs. 340 wonderful supporters were in attendance for the dinner dance, with Globe staff and actors attending the performance as well.
They included Co-Chairs Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, and Sheryl White (also major underwriters), and The Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Hilit Edelstein, and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields and Kim Klett. They were joined by major underwriters including George Davis, CFO of Qualcomm, Vicki and Carl Zeiger, Pamela J. Wagner and Hans Tegebo, and Ellise and Michael Coit; as well as Congresswoman Susan Davis and Steven Davis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Natalie Gore, and Robert Gleason and Marc Matys (Mr. Gleason is a member of the Federal Reserve Board).
Honored but not present were major underwriters including Honorary Co-Chairs Audrey S. Geisel and Darlene Marcos Shiley, Laurie Mitchell and Brent Woods, Gillian and Tony Thornley, Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, Reneé and Robert Wailes, and Sheila and Jeff Lipinsky.
Other attendees included Globe Board members, sponsors, and patrons; cast members from the current World Premiere production The Heart of Rock & Roll; and actors from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
The can’t-miss black-tie event began with an elegant reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by the performance by Day at 7:00 p.m. Reception and dinner followed, catered by the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, and dancing to the music of the Cowling Band was capped off at midnight by glorious fireworks on Copley Plaza!
The Lipinsky Family Suite was transformed into The Moonlight Lounge as an exclusive benefit for Underwriters. They enjoyed whiskey, scotch and bourbon tastings, special champagne, and a whimsical and delicious donut wall throughout the dinner dance, with a spirits expert provided by Wine Warehouse.