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CANY 2016 ANNUAL “THEATER & THERAPY” GALA 

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​BROADWAY STARS JOIN FORCES TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK (CANY) AT THE 2016 ANNUAL “THEATER & THERAPY” GALA 

Co-Hosted by Broadway Veterans Ann Hampton Callaway and Cady Huffman

 
Honoring TONY® Award Winning Actress Kelli O’Hara and Ron Tabano, Principal/CEO of John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy 

Featuring Live Performances by Broadway’s Finest 

Broadway stars will come together for a special evening to help raise funds and awareness for Creative Alternatives of New York(CANY), a leading organization known for its innovative use of drama therapy to empower children and adults who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.

This year’s 2016 Annual "Theater & Therapy” Gala will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 in The Manhattan Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (109 East 42nd Street) and will be co-hosted by Broadway veteran Ann Hampton Callaway and TONY® Award-winner Cady Huffman.

The 2016 Honorees are:

Kelli O’Hara - TONY® Award Winning Actress and Broadway.com’s 2015 Star of the Year, will receive the Leadership Award for Arts & Healing presented by Andre Bishop, Producing Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater.

Ron Tabano - Principal and CEO of John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy, an alternative high school that has been CANY’s partner for 25 years, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by CANY’s Program Director and Drama Therapist Meredith Dean.

Festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails, appetizers and silent auction. Dinner, show and live auction start at 7:30 p.m. and will include performances from Broadway’s finest.

For additional information and ticket sales please contact CANY at (212) 222-1969, or via email at ewalker@cany.org

About Creative Alternatives of New York

For over thirty years, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) has pioneered the use of drama therapy groups to help empower people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives. Founded at Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, CANY now works with leading social service agencies, special schools, and community centers serving over 1,000 children and adults in the greater New York area annually. Cultivated over years of clinical and artistic practice, CANY has developed its own unique trauma-informed drama therapy model to help clients move beyond their past and into a future of hope and promise. This year, CANY will celebrate past accomplishments and the future expansion of direct services and profession development programs. www.cany.org

CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK (CANY) 
“THEATER & THERAPY” GALA GUEST LIST


BROADWAY /THEATER: 
André Bishop – Artistic Director at Lincoln Center Theater, Producing Artistic Director at Lincoln Center Theater, producer for three Pulitzer Prize winners: The Heidi Chronicles, Driving Miss Daisy and Sunday in the Park with George. Noted theater producer with numerous works to his credit. http://www.lct.org/shows/people/andre-bishop/

Ann Hampton Callaway – TONY award nominee (Swing!), Broadway actress, Jazz singer and Platinum Award winning writer for Broadway, recording artists and television http://www.annhamptoncallaway.com/

Cady Huffman – TONY award winner (The Producers) and nominee (The Will Rogers Follies), Broadway and TV actress, regular food judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America http://www.cadyhuffman.com/

Nikki M. James – TONY award winner (Book of Mormon), Movie actress (Lucky Stiff, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), TV actress (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Jury, Third Watch 30Rock, Good Wife, Blacklist)  http://nikkimjames.com/

Kelli O’Hara – TONY award winner (The  King and I) and nominee (The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza) Broadway and TV actress, Recently announced solo show at Carnegie Hall: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/10/29/0800/PM/Kelli-Ohara/ http://www.kelliohara.com/

PERFORMANCES BY:
Ann Hampton Callaway *Cady Huffman *Kelli O’Hara

HONOREES:
Kelli O’Hara – TONY award winner (The  King and I) and nominee (The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza) Broadway and TV actress


Ronald Tabano – CEO/Principal, John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School

BOARD:
Michael Crotty, Treasurer                                                                               Elizabeth Goldstein, Chair
SVP, Affiliate Finance & Business Operations                                            Managing Director
Showtime Networks Inc.                                                                                  Cantor Fitzgerald

Ann D. Gross                                                                                                       Ellen Kealy, Chair Emiretus
Healthcare Communications Consultant                                                      Social Worker
and Medical Writer
 
David McCorkle, Secretary                                                                               Nora B. Murphy
LCSW Sanctuary Consultant                                                                           Managing Director
Andrus Children’s Center                                                                                 ERM Capital

Cheryl G. Rosario                                                                                               Joseph Shugart, Vice Chair
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy                    Partner

Wyndham Worldwide                                                                                       Crystal Rock Capital Management
 
Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, MBA,
CNSC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Zena Tamler, JD
Partner, Estates & Personal Group
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP