Charles R. Wood Theater Gala
Honoring Martha Banta & David Turner
The Charles R. Wood Theater Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Martha Banta and David Turner will be the joint recipients of the 2016 Charles R. Wood Award. The annual award is presented to individuals who have shown dedication to the betterment of the Greater Glens Falls region and whose contributions demonstrate how people who combine vision with can-do energy and commitment can make a difference in the lives of the people in their community.
In 1994 Martha and David decided to found a summer theater in upstate New York to provide a “beat-the-heat” summer refuge from New York City. They chose the Lake George/Glens Falls region, thus beginning a chain of events that we are celebrating at this year’s Gala. ATF performed the group’s first season in Lake George in 1995. Coincidentally, that same year, a group of local businessmen founded Partners for Progress with the goal to resuscitate the ailing downtown Glens Falls economy. With that in mind, they purchased the recently vacated Woolworth’s building.
The Banta-Turner team looked at that dusty, empty space and imagined a performance space. They arranged to have ATF perform there for the first time in Summer 1996. Seeing the impact of their venture on downtown, the Woolworth Theater project was launched, with David Turner as Executive Director. Twenty years later, the Charles R. Wood Theater is an anchor for a thriving arts scene in a bustling downtown.
Ms. Banta and Mr. Turner spent 15 years oveseeing the Adirondack Theater Festival. She served as ATF’s Artistic Director and he served as the Producing Director. Their involvement has continued after their 2007 departure; he continues to serve on the ATF Board, while she has continued in the role of director, most recently for the 2013 production of “Finding O’Keefe”.
Back in New York City, they both resumed active theater careers there. Mr. Turner is a partner in Thompson Turner Productions, a theatrical general management company. They continue as producers of the BOOK OF MORMAN and also produced KING CHARLES III this year.
Ms. Banta is a sought after director, working on and off Broadway and in regional theaters, most recently at the Public Theater and at The Lion Theater on Theater Row on 42nd Street, where she is directing Bill Bowers’ new play. Still nurturing new work, just as she did when starting ATF, her next projects include directing two workshop productions, a new play and a new musical.
This year’s Gala honoring Ms. Banta and Mr. Turner will be held on Saturday, October 1, at the Charles R. Wood Theater. In addition to the award ceremony, the Gala will include gourmet food stations, a live auction, dancing to the Charles Cornell Quartet and a piano bar. All proceeds benefit the Charles R. Wood Theater.
Sponsorships and tickets for the Gala are be available by clicking the link above or by contacting the theater at 518-798-9663 ext. 1 or email@example.com
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Susan & Thomas Ford
Senator Elizabeth Little
Schutze Family Dentistry
The Adirondack Trust Company
Barber Marketing, Inc.
Beatrice and George Frost
Phyllis and Neil Akins
Madge and Bruce O'Connell
Suzanne and Paul McPhillips
Kathi Mulvey and John Muller
Joyce E. Falkenbury
Beth and Richard Saunders
Elizabeth Gambee Osborne & Scott Osborne
Pamela R. Garside
Joan & Byron Lapham
Sharon & Michael Luce
Judi & Chris Turner
The Mathewson Foundation
Kathryn & Michael Clarke
Previous Year’s Events
Charles R. Wood Award 2015 Honoree: Edward Moore, Sr.
Ed Moore, owner of French Mountain Commons and the Log Jam Outlet Center on Route 9 in Queensbury, operated an excavating business in Staten Island for more than 25 years before he moved to Queensbury in 1987.
He has served on the board of Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls for 11 years and the board of Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake for 10 years.
He served on a planning committee for the Crandall Library’s expansion project, and has been involved in volunteer roles with The Hyde Collection art museum, Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls Family YMCA and the WAIT House home for homeless youths in Glens Falls. In addition, Ed is very involved in the HEAR Foundation, which supports a Guatemala orphanage where he will spend a week this Spring working at the orphanage.
Moore most recently spearheaded a group of business leaders, The Coalition to Save the Glens Falls Civic Center. His dedication and leadership has led this group to successfully purchase the Civic Center. Ed serves on their Board of Directors and continues to play an active role in leading this organization.
Charles R. Wood Award 2014 Honoree: Carmen Della Bella
The Charles R. Wood Theater Board of Directors was honored to recognize Carmen Della Bella with the 2014 Charles R. Wood Award for her dedication to organizations throughout our community.
Carmen, whose family owns several car dealerships in our community, played a critical role in the formation of several programs at the Double H Hole in the Woods, where she volunteered for over eight years, acting as volunteer coordinator while also working on the creation of an elder hostel program where seniors stay and volunteer at the Ranch. In addition, Carmen served on the Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors and was a founding Trustee for the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation. Carmen volunteered for Cindy’s Comfort Camp, a service of the C. R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital serving as the admissions coordinator for nine years. Carmen was also very involved with the Glens Falls Hospital Guild, having served as President for two separate terms. In addition, Carmen has supported the WAIT House, past Board member of CWI, and is a volunteer of St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus Catholic School.
Charles R. Wood Award Honoree 2013: Dr. James Morrissey
Dr. Morrissey, a cardiologist and past Director of Cardiology at Glens Falls Hospital for over 35 years, played a critical role in the formation of several hospital initiatives, including the Coronary Care Unit, Wellness Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation Service and the Cardiac Cath Lab. He has served on the Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors and the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition, he is a past member of the Glens Falls City School District Board of Education and a former Chairman of the Warren/Washington and Saratoga Heart Association. He currently is a member of the Hudson Headwaters Charitable Foundation and President of North Country Ministry Board of Directors.
Dr. Morrissey was instrumental in establishing the WAIT House for homeless youth and the Glens Falls Youth Center, helping both organizations purchase facilities. The Charles R. Wood Theater, Saint Mary’s Church, Crandall Public Library, Family Services Association, Glens Falls Symphony and the YMCA have also benefited from the Morrisseys’ generosity. In addition, Dr. Morrissey and his wife Kay have established a foundation with the purpose of assisting people in need.
Charles R. Wood Award Honorees 2012: Joan and By Lapham
By and Joan Lapham have spent the better part of their lives devoted to the promise of the greater Glens Falls area. Like you and both of us, Mr. & Mrs. Lapham believe that our small community has the potential to achieve remarkable feats. They have played a fundamental role not only in supporting the Charles R. Wood Theater, but also other local organizations including the WAIT House, Crandall Public Library, the Chapman Historical Museum, The Hyde Collection, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation.
Charles R. Wood Award Honoree 2011: Thomas Hoy
The Charles R. Wood Theater was pleased to honor Mr. Thomas Hoy as the first annual Charles Wood Award designee. Tom Hoy embodies the ideals that Charles R. Wood and the many great male and female philanthropists who came before him valued. He shares their passion for our culture and society and actively works to make our community a more enriching, welcoming and accommodating place for his neighbors. A successful businessman and Chief Executive Officer of Glens Falls National Bank, Thomas Hoy has been a vital force in the economic advancement of Glens Falls. Despite the many demand of his career, Mr. Hoy has made time to give back to his community through personal and financial gifts that have assured the continuation of a philanthropic tradition which has existed for hundreds of years in the Glens Falls region.