Letter: It was a Great Gatsby Gala

Dear Friends,

What a fabulous time we had celebrating Hedgerow’s 92nd birthday at our Roaring 20s Great Gatsby Gala! It was a magical evening from start to finish, and thanks to the dedication, hard work, support and generosity of so many of you, a huge success earning us $37,500!

Wonderful memories of that glorious night abound. Aronomink Golf Club provided us with a beautiful setting and delicious food;  the sensational band 22 Park Avenue kept us entertained and on our feet dancing, amazing items were bid in the dignified silent and lively live auctions.

And, of course, as the highlight of the event, we were thrilled to honor our longtime friend and supporter Suzanne Roberts with the inaugural Jasper Deeter Lifetime Achievement Award. Suzanne embodies Hedgerow’s values of generosity, daring and excellence, as an actress, board member emeritus, and leader in our artistic renaissance. Through her outstanding support of the arts, education and public health, she has contributed greatly, not just to Hedgerow, but to the betterment of society.

There are so many people to whom we are grateful for making the evening so outstanding: To name just a few: board member Stuart Salsbury, who worked tirelessly as the event chair; Larry Goren and OnSite Innovations, our Presenting Sponsor, who provided enormous stimulus for the success of the event; PricewaterhouseCoopers, our Platinum Sponsor; Jayne Garrison, whose vision and choices helped guide the gala;  Hedgerow President Debbi Bromley, who kept us on track; Susan Albrecht, Florence Brown, Cecille Charlton, John Hodge, Ann Byun and many, many others.Hedgerow Company Members and Neumann students were on the scene to bless the evening’s festivities; Kelly Ryan of Stage 3 Productions and Melissa Rapine from Center City Film & Video, who created the video tribute to Suzanne; David Sibley of On Video, who oversaw all of the video technology; Ari Baker, who put together a PowerPoint presentation on Suzanne; and Scott Davidson of Vision Stream Studios, who designed all of the print materials, printed by Michael Taylor of Minuteman Press.

It’s delightful to see that Hedgerow, which began with Jasper Deeter’s idea that “if we can’t play in the borough hall, we’ll play in the hedgerows,” can at 92 play almost anywhere brilliantly. As Artistic Director Jared Reed shared our vision at the gala, Hedgerow is about company-created theatre, both on stage and in the classroom.

Thanks to all who came and who have supported us over the years. I invited you to save the date, April 23, 2016, and bring your beads and masks to our Hedgerow Mardi Gras celebration of our 93rd birthday!


Penelope Reed, 
Executive Director, Ambassador at large.