Although the night was dedicated to raising money for young writers, election buzz was as present as ever at the presidential-themed Dramatists Guild Fund Gala.
“We just had two terms of our first black American president, which I would have never thought would happen in my lifetime,” said Don Loftus, president of Parlux Ltd. “Now a woman is hopefully going to win and probably going to win. It’s a very exciting time for America although a little nerve-racking.”
The dinner, which was held at Gotham Hall on Nov. 7, honored Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, cofounders of Marchesa; Linda G. Levy, omni-vice president of fragrances at Macy’s, and John Breglio, entertainment lawyer, on their patronage of the arts and philanthropy. The honorees were joined by guests, like Harvey Weinstein, Stephen Sondheim and Raúl Esparza, to pay tribute to writers and their contributions to American theater.
“I really believe that Broadway and this whole [theater] world is the heart and soul of New York,” said Levy on what attracted her to the fund. “It’s a fantastic organization with a tremendous amount of talent and then there’s me, who actually wants to help them on their mission.”
After cocktails and dinner were served, the night’s festivities began with performances from Broadway actors, like Hannah Elless, Mandy Gonzalez and Aaron Tveit, and a live auction that raised more than $600,000 for the fund.
“I’m very passionate about supporting young people in the arts,” said Chapman during the cocktail hour. “It’s a very expensive thing to do, so any support that creative young minds can get to be able to put their foot in the door and have people see their work…that’s what’s exciting.”