‘Broadway Lights Up Rotary’ at Proctors fete

Rotary Foundation logoThat headline was the theme of Friday night’s Rotary Foundation annual dinner, this year held on the main stage of the Proctors theater complex in Schenectady.

More than 200 people, a record number, attended the fundraiser for the Foundation that offered — in addition to a reverse look at the theater by viewing it from the stage — pop music selections from Switch Point, Dynamic Duo, performing in a high-level box seat during the cocktail hour. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner were served by Mansion Catering. Past District Governor Bob Comins performed his magic act, and cabaret performer Laura Roth entertained with songs, monologues and chit-chat with the audience.

Six people from Southern Rensselaer County — Bill and April Dowd, Peter and Debbie Brown and Murray and guest Maggie Forth — attended in support of the Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. Bill, the Forths and Jim Leyhane were members of the Honorary Committee for their Foundation contributions.

The Foundation is supported solely by contributions from Rotarians and friends. Mary Burch-Macherone of the Glenville Club was chair of the event committee. Southern Rensselaer County was awarded a certificate for its PolioPlus contributions during the year.

Here are a few scenes from the evening:

Mainstage event space from the balcony.
Mainstage event space viewed from the balcony.
'Reverse theater view,' seeing seats from the stage.
‘Reverse theater view,’ seeing seats from the stage.
Musical trio performed from a box seat.
Musical trio performed from a box seat.
A Proctors tradition has cast of major productions signing their customized dressing table. Here, "Phantom."
A Proctors tradition has cast of major productions signing their customized dressing table. Here, “Phantom of the Opera” …
... and here, "Wicked."
… and here, “Wicked.”

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