Volume CIII, No. 10October, 2003
LOCAL 802 RECEIVES BEQUESTS
Local 802 received two bequests, each for $20,000, this summer. One was from the estate of Anna Koch, a cousin of Jascha Heifetz, in honor of Mr. Heifetz.
The other bequest was from the Mago Hayes Trust.
For more information on planned giving to Local 802, contact Jon Bogert at (212) 245-4802 ext. 120.
BROADWAY MUSICIANS RAISE MONEY FOR AUCTION
News flash: Local 802 is going to allow a random stranger – not even a trained musician – to conduct “42nd Street”!
Actually, the random stranger is only going to conduct the exit music. And that stranger was the high bidder in “Auction Of 1,000 Stars,” an online auction.
The union’s Theatre Committee decided to support the auction, which benefited the Actors’ Fund. The Actors’ Fund sponsors Local 802’s Musicians Assistance Program as well as a host of other services for musicians, actors and other entertainers.
Seven Broadway orchestras came up with items they could donate to the auction. The pit of “42nd Street” agreed to allow the high bidder to conduct the exit music; the winner also gets two V.I.P tickets and a CD of the show.
“Urinetown” agreed to allow the winner of their item to sit in the pit during the show, and meet the cast and crew. “Man of La Mancha” and other shows also donated experiences.
The online auction featured over 50 “celebrity experiences” and a collection of one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
And what was the final bid to conduct “42nd Street”? A cool $4,050.
The total amount raised was $6,510.