November 2018

“Spotlight Gala” Celebrates the Arts

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts kicked off its annual ArtsFest weekend with a festive fundraiser at Wykagyl Country Club on October 18th. The theme, SPOTLIGHT GALA, shone a light on New Rochelle’s role in the arts while celebrating New Rochelle residents who have made significant contributions to the arts through their professional and philanthropic lives. The honorees included: Ted Sperling, Tony Award-Winning Musical Director, Conductor, Stage Director and Musician (Light in the Piazza; South Pacific, My Fair Lady and many more); Jerrold G. Bermingham, Executive Vice President, National Realty & Development Corp., WatermarkPointe Developer; Lynn Honeysett, Past Executive Director, Pelham Arts Center; The Kathwari Family, who were recognized for the philanthropy; and Diane Flagello and Laura Falb, NRCA Founding and Sustaining Board.


The evening was emceed by TV and screen actor Chance Kelly (American Sniper, Generation Kill, Aquarius, House of Cards—and next season Ray Donovan) and featured a special performance by rising star Jordan Cole (currently appearing on Broadway in School of Rock) as well as cocktails, a buffet dinner, a silent auction and dancing to DJ Ryan Vandal. Decor chairs Margaret Chadwick and Selena Evans delighted guests with a photo quiz about famous New Rochelle artists; County Clerk Tim Idoni, former Mayor of New Rochelle, and Linda Kelly Fauci, former Superintendent of Schools, had perfect scores.


   New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson was on hand to bring greetings from the City and to praise the importance of art in the community. Among the attendees were New York State Assembly Member Amy Paulin, Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni, and Westchester County Legislator Terry Clemons.


     NRCA’s SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS Committee was chaired by Lynn Green;  steering committee members included Maddali Attallah, Kathy Biehl, Margaret Chadwick, Justin Christopher, Mariana Coelho Adams, Erika Cohen, Kerri Elliott, Selena Evans, Danielle and Andrew Feigenbaum, Beth Feldman, Lynn Honeysett, Theresa Kump Leghorn and Tom Leghorn, David Patterson, Melissa Panszi Riebe, Karen Selman, Loretta Staufenberg, Angela Derecas Taylor, Stephanie and Joe Tomei.


Sponsors for the benefit include ArtsWestchester, Charles Fazzino, The Kathwari Family, Watermark Pointe, Montefiore New Rochelle, New Rochelle Radiology, RXR, Lynn and Steven Green, Theresa Kump Leghorn and Thomas Leghorn, Philippa Wharton Productions, Hon, Noam Bramson and Catie Stern, Millie and Danny Ilich, READ650 and Stephanie and Joe Tomei.


The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for 40 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art – like the new Pop-Up Libraries --  and created ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. The NRCA website has become major resource for artists and art lovers – the “go-to” place for information about the arts. Membership in NRCA is open to artists and non-artists alike, with members receiving special discounts and invitations to networking events and studio tours.


For more information visit NRCA on the web at


NRCA’s programs are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government, the City of New Rochelle, and the support and participation of NRCA’s  membership.



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