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Shea’s to mark 90th anniversary with black-tie gala

Nearly 600 people will be attending a black-tie gala event on April 16 to mark the 90th anniversary of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

The theaters largest fundraising event of the year is a sellout.

Shea’s has to expand its stage for the first time for the annual event to meet ticket demands.

“To be sold out as early as we were this year is a testament to the passion and loyalty Shea’s patrons and supporters have to this building,” said John Schaller, Shea’s director of development, who has overseen the event. The event chairpersons are Bryan and Kathy Wittman.

The gala is also the last one being presided over by Anthony Conte, the theater’s chief executive officer.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the generous support from presenting partners like M&T Bank and Ticketmaster, along with an impressive lineup of corporate, individual and philanthropic donors,” Conte said. “It’s incredibly moving to see just how much Shea’s is valued in this community and we look forward to celebrating this historic milestone on April 16th and throughout the year.”

The night will feature a red carpet arrival on Main Street, a record number of silent and live auction items, and an over-the-top “Birthday Spectacular Moment” presented by restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore.