For the first-time ever, Gill St. Bernard’s hosted a Comedy Night Fundraiser and live auction on Saturday, October 26. With over 400 guests attending, the Performing Arts and Community Center was alive and vibrant with people eagerly awaiting the performance from nationally known comedian and current GSB parent, Jim Breuer P ’17, ’20, ‘23.
The Pre-Show Cocktail Party, sponsored by Michelle and Mark Mazzatta P’21 and ’23 in the F.M. Kirby Hall and Gallery, offered delicious stationed and passed hors d’oeuvres before the doors opened into Matthews Theater for the show. With a full house, Glenn Lawse, P ’32, got the program underway by serving as a first-time auctioneer. He did a phenomenal job of getting the crowd into the spirit of the fundraiser with a host of impressive items available on which to bid, including a week-long stay at a Long Beach Island beach house, Yankees suite tickets, tickets to see Cher’s final concert in New York City, and a unique New York City experience at The Plaza Hotel. All of these were made available thanks to our generous donors.
Finally, it was time for the main event, as Jim Breuer took the stage. The longtime comedian kept the crowd laughing all night long with his energetic reenactments and impersonations, and hitting on topics such as parenting, family life, his upbringing on Long Island, a Billy Joel concert gone wrong and, of course, playful jokes with the audience.
A huge thank you goes to everyone who attended the event and helped to make the fundraiser a success. A special thank you to Jackie and Stephen Gattoni, P ’21, ’23, for sponsoring the paddles used for the auction, and to Kelly and Michael Pages, P ’30, ‘33 , for sponsoring the program booklet. And, of course, the night was not possible without Jim Breuer. We thank you for making the evening so memorable for everyone in attendance, who literally left the event laughing out loud.
The silent auction part of this fundraiser kicked off this week and remains in open until Monday, November 4, at noon sharp. All families are welcome to view and bid on over 70 GSB campus experiences, including the Steak With Sid spring BBQ planned for May 15, 2020 on the Home Winds campus. Any questions? Please call or email Jennifer Doherty at 908-234-1611 ext. 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.