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July 16, 2011 (Sag Harbor, NY) – Bay Street Theatre continued its 20th season celebration

with the ROCK THE DOCK! SUMMER GALA BENEFIT on the Long Wharf in Sag

Harbor on Saturday, July 16. It was a beautiful night in the Hamptons set against the backdrop of Sag Harbor’s sunset-drenched bay.

The evening was hosted by Chris Bauer (HBO’s True Blood), Blythe Danner (“Meet The Parents) and Richard Kind (Spin City, Curb Your Enthusiasm).  Other attendees included Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Mercedes Ruehl and Robert Zimmerman. The evening kicked off with cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres while temptations abound at the silent auction.  Guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner catered by Sterling Affair Caterers.  Music and entertainment was provided by celebrity DJ Tom Finn, named “The King of Spin” by Avenue Magazine.  Finn kept the packed dance floor bursting with energy and fun.

Funnyman, Richard Kind served as Guest Auctioneer for the Live “Fantasy” Auction, and items included a one week stay for 8 in a Wimco luxury villa in St. Bart’s; a walk on role in ENTER LAUGHING: THE MUSICAL at Bay Street Theatre in August; opening night tickets and after party for Broadway’s 2012 production of EVITA with Ricky Martin; golf with Richard Kind at The Bridge; and more. 

The Summer Gala Benefit is Bay Street’s most important fundraising event of the year.  Funds raised from the Gala will support Bay Street’s yearlong programming including; the Summer Mainstage productions, as well as Educational Outreach Initiatives including Literature Live, Summer College Internships and Theatre Camps and Classes for kids.

Sponsors for Bay Street’s 2011 Summer Gala include Bridgehampton Florist; Channing Daughters Winery; Dan’s Papers; HBO; Party Rentals, Ltd .; Searles Graphics; Southampton Publick House; Sterling Affair Caterers; Suffolk County National Bank; and Wimco.  Interested sponsors should contact the Development Office at 631-725-0818.

For tickets to current and upcoming productions and Comedy Club nights, call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or log on to

The Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit institution presenting new, classic and contemporary works with a commitment to challenging and entertaining our diverse community. This commitment extends to educational programs for all ages to foster the continued value of theatre as a vital art form for future generations.

Photos by Barry Gordin

See more photos in the Bay Street Theatre Photo Gallery.

Posted: July 16, 2011