Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Annual Theatre Benefit Raises $125,000

Lois Braverman with Alice Netter

In a year marked by serious economic losses in every sector of society, the 2009 Theatre Benefit raised almost $125,000 in support for the Ackerman Institute. The April 21st event, a performance of the new play Impressionism starring Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Marsha Mason and Andre de Shields, included a pre-theatre dinner, held in the Manhattan Ballroom (designed by Ackerman Board member Arnold Syrop) in the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Approximately 220 friends and supporters of the Ackerman Institute purchased play tickets; around 120 people attended the dinner.

“I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart,” Alice Netter, Chair of the Theatre Benefit, told the guests at the dinner. Mrs. Netter said she was especially grateful to the event’s supporters this year because the downturn in the economy has had a negative impact on many fundraising events.

In her remarks, Lois Braverman, President of the Ackerman Institute, praised Mrs. Netter for her dedication to Ackerman.

“Putting together an evening like this requires enormous commitment and a lot of hard work,” Ms. Braverman said. “Once again, Alice Netter has done an outstanding job.”

Ms. Braverman also thanked the guests for their support.

“The Theatre Benefit is very important to Ackerman because the funds it raises help make it possible for us to continue to serve children and families in need,” Ms. Braverman said. “The mission of the Ackerman Institute is to help couples and families address and overcome the challenges they face in their lives. The Institute helps build stronger families by supporting family members as they work together to mobilize their strengths, resources and resilience in order to solve their problems.
By building stronger families, we build a better world, and your generosity makes that possible.”

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