'Once Upon a Time' Show, Additional Efforts, Raises $15-20K for Carroll Student Battling Stage 3 Lymphoma
Sep 17, 2016 11:31AM ● Published by Kevin
Ella is greeted by Erica Peterman, and her friends and cast-mates on stage.
Gallery: "Once Upon a Time" Benefit for Ella Weaver - Sept. 14, 2016 [25 Images] Click any image to expand.
Preliminary reports show that more than 320 tickets were sold, and while totals and expenses are still being calculated, the silent auction did extremely well, according to Sarah Close, who was involved in making the event possible.
"We expect to present a check to the Weaver family for between $15,000 and $20,000 when everything has been added up," Close said. "This includes fundraising that the Acting Studio, along with its students, families, and community, completed throughout the summer through a variety of activities, including restaurant nights at Wise Guys Pizzeria in Grapevine, fundraising lunches held throughout rehearsals for the studio's production of Les Miserables in July, and all donated concession sales during the performances of Les Mis."
The evening began with a catered reception (by Glory House Catering) and silent auction, with featured items including a spa getaway package from Lake Austin Spa Resort (value: $6,000); a custom painting by local artist Mark Mullino, who pledged to donate 50 percent of any new work commissioned over the next two weeks back to the Weaver family; tickets to a variety of shows and Texas Rangers games; a Fender electric guitar; and many other prizes.
The host for the evening was Chad McCoy, a 20-year theater teacher at Carroll ISD. Also featured were several personal video messages sent to Ella from the current casts of almost every show on Broadway right now, including Matilda, CATS, Beautiful, School of Rock, On Your Feet, and many more.
The second act of the evening was a Cabaret Karaoke. Bidders in the silent auction got to select their favorite performers to get on stage and sing. These winners were predominantly students from the Acting Studio. There was also a live auction that culminated in a fabulous performance by some of the Acting Studio fathers, who courageously donned Pink Lady and T-Bird attire to perform "Summer Nights" from the musical Grease.
The evening closed with a rendition of "Over the Rainbow," chosen by Ella.
CastA brief description of some of the talent who performed at the benefit:
Information provided by Sarah Close. Photos were provided by Sarah Close, but taken by a variety of attendees and photographers at the event.
Shane Peterman, Vahn Sykham and Preston Page performing a trio of "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis