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Society for the Performing Arts 16th Annual Luncheon

 

Kathryn Stockett.  Photo by: Kem Lee

 

SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS  16th ANNUAL LUNCHEON

WILL FEATURE GUEST SPEAKER Kathryn Stockett,

AUTHOR OF THE HELP

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), bringing the World’s Best to Houston, is thrilled to announce that its 16th Annual Luncheon will feature guest speaker Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help.  This year’s luncheon is being chaired by Lucinda Loya, with Karen Pulaski serving as the Honorary Chair. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 on the Jones Hall Stage, beginning at 11:00 am. 

In 2009, Society for the Performing Arts established the annual Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award to present at its Fall Luncheon each October to commemorate National Arts and Humanities Month.  The Award was named in memory of SPA Founding Board Member Ann Sakowitz for her dedication to the performing arts and her devoted commitment to Society for the Performing Arts.  SPA presents the award each year to an individual who, through their support and advocacy, champions the performing arts. Past recipients include Mrs. Sakowitz’s daughter, Lynn Wyatt, Patricia Hubbard, and Patsy Fourticq. This year’s award will be presented to Mariquita Masterson, whose devotion to the performing arts and Society for the Performing Arts is legendary

Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her family. 

 

About The Help:

At the outset of the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, three unique women unite to share the stories of dozens of the city's black servants, who have been kept voiceless for too long. Skeeter is fresh home from college, with big dreams of becoming a journalist, though her mother just wants her to find a husband. Aibileen, a black maid, is the heart and soul of her household, now working on raising her seventeenth white child. Her best friend Minnie, is the best cook in the city, but can not find a job because of her tendency to speak the cold truth. Together, these three unforgettable ladies launch a crusade to collect the stories of the town's silent servants, and try to tear down the unspoken racial barriers that traverse the homes and hearts of everyone in Jackson. In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.  The Help is Stockett’s first novel, which has since become an Academy Award-winning film.  

The proceeds from the luncheon provide the necessary funds needed for SPA’s Education and Outreach Program, Beyond the Spotlight that takes the performing arts into the community to present unique learning experiences enriching the lives of more than 120,000 underserved children and adolescents in the greater Houston area annually. SPA’s educational programming includes Master Classes, Residencies, Teacher Workshops, Lecture/Demonstrations, Creative Writing/Choreography Programs, Student Matinees and Transportation Funding, plus performance tickets free of charge to Houston’s most underserved students. Research shows that academic performance improves and dropout rates go down when students are involved in the arts.

Since 1966, Society for the Performing Arts has built a reputation as the most innovative community-oriented nonprofit presenting organization in Houston.  Last season, more than 100,000 Houstonians enjoyed SPA’s performances.  Underwriter opportunities for tables of ten begin at $5000.  Individual tickets begin at $500.  For underwriting opportunities and ticket information, please contact William Tayar at 713-632-8103 or email William@spahouston.org

 

 
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