May 10, 2011
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Firehouse Center of the Arts, we would like to extend a sincere thank you for
the overwhelming show of support we received during our Roaring Twenties 20 th Anniversary
Fundraiser. The whole evening served as a reminder of the magic of theater and how
fortunate we are to be part of such a warm, generous and creative community. Thanks to the
overwhelming dedication of our volunteer event Co-chairs, Louis Rubenfeld and Cyndi Barry
Rubenfeld, we are pleased to report that the Firehouse raised significant funds that will help
support our mission to foster the growth and development of the arts and humanities in the
greater Newburyport region.
For 20 years of continuous service to the Firehouse Center for the Arts, and for being a good
sport while serenaded on stage, we again thank Peter G. Kelly, who was the true star of the
evening. Thanks to Massachusetts Speaker of the House, Robert A. DeLeo and State
Representative Michael Costello for issuing a proclamation from The Commonwealth of
Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Special thanks goes out to our lead sponsor for the event, the Institution for Savings, and to all
of our generous sponsors for the evening: The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Kim
Williams and Trevor Miller, Castagna Construction, Colden Ear Nose Throat and Allergy, Kelly's
Taylor Rental and Kelly’s True Value, SPS New England, The Provident Bank, Chase and Lunt,
Newburyport Development LLC, The Tannery, Lombardi Oil, Starensier, Inc., Besty Harpley,
Terry and Wanda Blanchard, Alec and Anne White, The Dance Place, The Trump Network,
Geoffrey and Rita Mullis, Newburyport Montessori, Inn Street Barber, Arthur S. Page Insurance
Agency, Essex Street Inn, Anna Jaques Hospital, Stuart and Cindy Johnson, Scott and Anne
Smith, Susan and Les Ferlazzo , and Jean and Stephen Berger.
For contributing auction items, we are deeply indebted to: Kaya Jewelers, Henry Becker, Bob
and Kathy Connors, Kim Williams and Trevor Miller, Lighthouse Preservation Society, Four Star
Limousine, Mission Oak Grill, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Chococoa Baking Company, Sacred Tree Massage and Healing, Colleen and Al Cox, The Brass
Lyon, Chuck Withee and Abenaqui Country Club, Gail Zona, of gDesigns, Kathleen Bailey, Kristen
Wennekemp of Candy with a Twist, Videyko Chiropractic, The Dance Place, The Actors Studio,
The Musical Suite, The Artists Playground, Body by Fisher, Darrel Cox Massage, Natural High
Fitness, JPE Massage, and The Firehouse Center for the Arts Board of Directors.
For contributing elements essential to the evening’s success we thank McDougal and Duval for
graphic design work, Not Your Average Joe’s for their generous contribution of food, Greg Nikas
for artistic photography, Phyllis Sher for assisting with printing, David Pritchard for the use of
the retired Newburyport Police paddy wagon, Firehouse Center for the Arts Volunteers, Seaport
Signworks for sponsor signs, Interlocks Salon for creating 1920’s inspired make-overs, Edith
Heyck for contributing art work, 10 Center for the opportunity to participate in the Celebrity
Bartending Series, and local media outlets for their consistent efforts to help share the news
about upcoming performances and presentations at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.
The live auction was a great success thanks to Bill Piercey serving as auctioneer extraordinaire
and Danny Harrington serving as our club owner. (Thanks also to Mark Welch, past auctioneer,
for calling in and putting forth a challenge to the audience!)
Thanks to the following individuals for sharing their talent during our 1920’s revue: Jack Senior,
Danny Harrington, Allyn Gamble, Fontaine Dubus, Julie Pike Edmond and Peggy Morrow of the
Portsmouth Ballroom Dance Studio. For other valuable technical assistance, allowing us to
borrow props, or purchase items at cost, we thank: The Black Cow Tap and Grill, Matt Kiely,
John Stewart, Conal Ryan, Beach Plum Nursery, Mrs. Doris Cox, Stoneham Theater and Leary's
Fine Wine and Spirits.
Most of all, we thank those individuals who came out to support the Firehouse, who bid
generously on auction items, and who shared an enchanted evening with us.
Director of Development
Firehouse Center for the Arts