2005-10-28 / Community

RTC To Perform At PHC Annual Ball

Peninsula Hospital Center’s 98th Anniversary Ball will be held on the evening of October 29, at The Sands in Atlantic Beach.

This year, the gala event will pay tribute to three very worthy honorees: Dr. Stephen Marcus has been named Physician of the Year; the Trustee of the Year is The Honorable George Greco; and Joseph Mure, Esq. will receive the Community Service Award.

With the theme of this year’s gala being “There’s no business like Show Business,” the entertainment chosen for the event is Rockaway’s own showbiz troupe, The Rockaway Theatre Company, according to an RTC spokesperson.

During its eight years at Fort Tilden, The Rockaway Theatre Company has been connected to the Peninsula Hospital Center in various ways.

Several members of the Company are employees of the Hospital, two of which, Cathy Murfitt and Kathleen Ribola, will be performing at the gala. PHC Board member Marvin Eisenstadt, his wife Barbara and board member Nancy Vardakis are longtime supporters of the RTC. In fact, Vardakis made her acting debut on the stage of the Post Theater as the Queen in My Fair Lady this past July.

For the past two years, RTC Artistic Director John Gilleece has acted as emcee, and worked closely with Joseph Mure in planning an annual event for the benefit of Juvenile Diabetes, the lighting of “The Little North Pole” at the Mure home.

It is therefore understandable, the spokesperson says, that the members of the Rockaway Theatre Company were invited to perform at this year’s event and they have prepared a program of music, comedy and dance.

RTC’s House Manager, Peggy Page, will be on hand to meet and greet guests on the red carpet as they arrive.

Gilleece plans to reprise some hits from the RTC’s recent smash musical revue: Rockaway Café 05: A Salute to the Piano-Men.

Providing live music for the evening will be RTC’s piano-men, Richard Louis-Pierre and Michael Finnegan, accompanied by Musical Director Walter Birkhold on saxophone.

Gilleece has a few surprises planned and some special numbers for the worthy honorees, but he wishes to keep as much of the program under wraps as possible.

However, he did say this, “We spent a lot of time putting together a program that would be appealing and entertaining for the entire audience. Our opening number was the easy part.”

After all, Gilleece says, the theme of the evening is: “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

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