‘Broadway at Bickford’ to celebrate lives, causes of Morristown High sisters, May 12

Their lives ended far too soon. But memories of Lauren and Emily Failla, and the causes they cherished, will be celebrated on May 12, 2014, with Broadway at the Bickford.

Stars from on- and off-Broadway shows will perform hits from Wicked to Rent at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, to benefit the Laura & Emily Failla Foundation, which supports neo-natal medical care, arts programs and scholarships at the sisters’ alma mater, Morristown High School.

Lauren (MHS Class of 2003) and Emily (2000), members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, died in accidents a few years apart; both were in their mid-20s.

Singer Blaire Reinhard Perrin (Class of 1999) will host the evening and MTV’s Derek Vintschger (Class of 1999) will lend his production skills.

“Emily and Lauren always had a way of turning a normal day into something special and exciting, so I just love that this event will be held on a Monday. What a wonderful way to turn an otherwise ordinary night into something extraordinary!” Blaire said in a statement.

General admission is $40, via the Foundation website or from the organization’s trustees (below). VIP tickets are $80/each or $150/couple, and include a seated dinner by The Flying Meatballs. A cocktail hour, dessert, coffee and a silent auction–with items ranging from an iPad Air to hot air balloon rides–will round out the evening.

failla foundation poster bickford

Here is more from the Foundation:

BROADWAY AT THE BICKFORD:  MONDAY EVENING MAY  12th at the MORRIS MUSEUM’S BICKFORD THEATRE.

Morristown, NJ – The Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation brings Broadway Stars to a Morristown Stage.  Tickets are available through laurenandemily.org.

Broadway at your Doorstep is coming to the Bickford Theatre on Monday evening, May 12.  Stars from a variety of on- and off-Broadway shows will combine in a one-of-a-kind full production performance in Morristown.  General Admission tickets are on sale for $40 through the Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation website, www.laurenandemily.org, or through Board Members.

Broadway at the Bickford will brighten an otherwise dark theater at the Morris Museum on a Monday night in Morristown. This much anticipated spring celebration is the Annual Event and Fundraiser of the Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation.  It is an event not to be missed.

The evening will include a star-studded musical performance with Broadway hits from Wicked to Rent, cocktail hour, dessert, coffee, and a locally focused silent auction. The auction and prizes are sure to please–with items ranging from an iPad Air to hot air balloon rides, from gift certificates to your favorite salons and restaurants to artisan objects ranging from quilts to jewelry.

VIP tickets are available for $80/each or $150/couple and include a seated dinner by Morris County’s new food rock stars, The Flying Meatballs.  The evening will be emceed by Morristown’s own Blaire Reinhard Perrin (MHS Class of 1999) with production assistance from MTV’s Derek Vintschger (MHS Class of 1999).  Perrin says:

“Emily and Lauren always had a way of turning a normal day into something special and exciting, so I just love that this event will be held on a Monday.  What a wonderful way to turn an otherwise ordinary night into something extraordinary!” 

The Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation is a 501C-3 nonprofit whose mission is to support health, wellness, art, understanding and compassion in the Morristown community.

The Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation’s namesakes, Lauren Failla (MHS Class of 2003) and Emily Failla (MHS Class of 2000) were valued members of the Morristown community.

In their honor, the Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation supports the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Morristown Medical Center, the Arts Mentorship Program at Morristown High School, Arts Residencies through Morris Arts, and a scholarship for a college-bound Morristown High School senior.

LEFF Board Members:

Frank Failla, Morristown NJ

Kay Failla, Morristown NJ

Susan Brantley, Dallas TX

Jito Chada, Los Angeles CA

Rick DeMaio, New Brunswick NJ (MHS Class of 2003)

Lauren Hedinger, New York City NY (MHS Class of 2003)

Shannon Hughes, Los Angeles CA (MHS Class of 2003)

Danielle Merzatta, Mendham NJ (MHS Class of 2001)

Jessica Orr, Morris Plains NJ (MHS Class of 2000)

Rachel Sakofs, Philadelphia PA (MHS Class of 2003)



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