The Palace Theatre’s 9th Annual Gala Raises $165,000

Nonprofit welcomes legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire as headline act

On Wednesday, May 30, The Palace Theatre in Stamford welcomed Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the top-selling musical groups of all time, for the nonprofit’s 9th Annual Gala. The event is The Palace’s largest annual fundraiser, which this year raised $165,000 to support the organization and its arts education programs.

“We are proud to present world class entertainment such as Earth, Wind & Fire so close to home,” said Michael Moran, Executive Director of The Palace. “While most people know us for our outstanding shows, they may not know that The Palace is a nonprofit organization. We rely on the assistance of our generous supporters to entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the diverse population of our region.”

With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet, Earth, Wind & Fire’s legendary journey has set the standard for music of all genres and made a profound and lasting impact on pop culture. Born in Chicago in 1969, Earth, Wind & Fire has released 23 albums. They have recorded eight #1 R&B singles and eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop Albums. Earth, Wind & Fire has earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and sold over 100 million albums worldwide, earning them a solid spot as one of best selling music artists of all time.

As part of the gala, The Palace honored SL Green Realty Corp. with the Arts Ovation Award. This award is presented annually to an individual or corporation that has demonstrated a commitment to the arts through philanthropic efforts and through service to the Palace Theatre. “We are proud to recognize SL Green Realty Corp. for their longstanding support and outstanding contributions to the arts and education in our community,” said Moran.

The Palace’s 9th Annual Gala was sponsored by SL Green Realty Corp.; Purdue Pharma; Robinson & Cole; Castleton Commodities International; NBCUniversal; RFR Realty LLC; Shipman & Goodwin LLP; Cacace, Tusch & Santagata; Day Pitney LLP; Elm Eastern Land Management; Finn Dixon & Herling LLP; First County Bank; Freepoint Commodities, LLC; Gen Re; Murtha Cullina LLP; Phibro LLC; Pitney Bowes; The Whittingham Family; Barbara & Fabrizio Zichichi; Bank of America; Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy; Co-Communications; Grafico Marketing Group; Murace Plumbing Co., Inc.; Propark America; Schindler Elevator Corporation; Sentinel Maintenance; Stamford Office Furniture; SDSSD; The Aiello Charitable Foundation; The Rich Foundation; Webster Bank; Nancy & Brad Benjamin; Laurie Cingari; Darlene Goodwin; Linda & Dennis Hampton; Debbie and Howard Levy; Juanita James & Dudley Williams; Nina & Norman Lotstein; Lori & Frank Mercede; Marylee Santoro & Dennis Palumbo; Betsey & Arthur Selkowitz; Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey LLP; Leros Point to Point; and United Services of America an AffinEco company.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

About The Palace Theatre

The 1,580-seat Palace Theatre is dedicated to performing arts of all genres – music, dance, theater and comedy. In addition to hosting world-renowned performers in each of those fields, the Palace partners with arts organizations like the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Ballet for their performances. The Theatre’s three floors encompass a deeper-than-typical Broadway-size stage, a café, a Learning Center, a theatre-long art gallery and a magnificent glass-walled promenade. The Palace is dedicated to providing exciting entertainment that enriches the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community.