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Monday, April 14, 2014

BAM Board Chairman's Dinner

Last Thursday, we were honored to host the 13th annual BAM Board Chairman's Dinner, a celebration of the work of BAM's most passionate advocates. Hosted by Board Chairman Alan Fishman and his wife, Judy Fishman, the event has become one of BAM's favorite traditions.

Alan and Judy Fishman welcome guests to the 13th Annual BAM Board Chairman's Dinner
This particular evening was especially significant, as it included the dedication of one of the iconic arched windows in BAM's Lepercq Space in honor of BAM Trustee Richard Feldman. During the 2013 BAM Ignite Gala, Richard was named the recipient of the first Ignite Award in recognition of his incredible contributions to arts education at BAM.

The plaque reads: "This iconic BAM window is dedicated to Ignite Award recipient Richard E. Feldman in recognition
of his tireless support for arts education at BAM. June 4, 2013"

Richard is a true champion of the Ignite Campaign’s mission to give young people the chance to have meaningful cultural experiences. His work with the Samuel H. Scripps scholarship program has led to a dramatic increase in the number of scholarships that the fund is able to award; BAM will award nearly twice as many students this prestigious scholarship this year.

Richard Feldman with the window dedicated in his honor
After sharing a champagne toast in Richard's honor, guests were invited to enjoy a meal inspired by the evening's performance of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, featuring the dance Cornbread Duet, choreographed by Twyla Tharp and performed by Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. The show also kicked off BAM’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nonesuch Records.

Decor Designer Fleurs Bella incorporated a musical instrument into each centerpiece
The menu, crafted by Great Performances, featured fresh twists on classic Americana fare, including braised short ribs, cornbread, and "chocolate drop" truffles.

BAM Trustees Patty Dugan Perlmuth (left) and Bill Perlmuth (right) with BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins

BAM Board Members and friends enjoying dinner
New BAM Trustee Axel Stawski and his wife, Galia

From left to right: BAM Board Chairman Alan Fishman, BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, BAM Trustee and Ignite Award recipient Richard Feldman, BAM VP of Education & Humanities Stephanie Hughley and BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo

Elizabeth Bailey and her husband, David Bither of Nonesuch Records

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