Hillbarn Raises $100k at Gala

by Jacob Coakley
The Hillbarn Theatre gala took place Saturday, Nov. 5.
The Hillbarn Theatre gala took place Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City (located in the Bay Area, south of San Francisco), raised more than $100,000 in their gala. The funds will go to support the theatre and their community arts initiatives. 

The evening also featured special performances from the cast of Hillbarn Theatre’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins

FOSTER CITY, CA (November 9, 2016) –Today, Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier community theatre company, announced that it raised over $100,000 at its annual gala, When You Wish Upon A Star, which took place on Saturday, November 5 at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.  The proceeds from the gala support Hillbarn Theatre and their community arts initiatives throughout the Bay Area.More than 200 guests attended this year’s gala, which began with a cocktail reception and a special presentation recognizing Alan Hafter and Lori Silverstein as the 2016 Bravo! Award recipients for their tireless dedication and service to the community and Hillbarn Theatre. The evening also featured a special performance by Caitlin McGinty and Jim Ambler of Hillbarn Theatre’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins, followed by a performance by Hillbarn Theatre’s talented youth actors: Jack Barrett, Joseph Gloss, Charlotte Kehrberg, Katie Maupin and Matias Pollan. The evening, attended by a record number of new and returning donors and attendees, concluded with a live auction led by California State Senator, Jerry Hill.

“It was a magical evening full of incredible support for Hillbarn Theatre,” said Hillbarn Theatre Artistic Director Dan Demers. “We were particularly thrilled to be able to honor two amazing individuals this year with the 2016 Bravo! Award, Alan Hafter and Lori Silverstein, who both continue to be essential cornerstones of support for the arts in the Bay Area.”

Sponsors for When You Wish Upon A Star included Liz & Pierre Buljan, T. Jack Foster, Jr., Gary Harris & Rosemary Rodd, David & Rosie Issel, Dr. Steve & Jan Pickering, Hon. Paul & Barbara Regan, Bob & Judy Waterman, First Republic Bank, KENRA-Paul Mitchell-JOICO-Puff Me, Cosmoprof/BSG, Pureology-Redken-Matrix, Salon Centric, Obliphica/Dalal Moussa, Peninsula Beauty, Vitae Architecture, JD Brush/Wet Brush, L'ANZA Healing Haircare, Marc Spilo, Spilo Worldwide, Ellyn Corey & Tom Sartor, Brian & Mary Lee Delehanty, Hon. Christine & Jeff Krolik, Dawson & Associates, Sorme Cosmetics and Wella-Sebastian-Nioxin & OPI.


Since 1941, the historic Hillbarn Theatre has served the San Francisco Bay Area by embracing this founding ideal - to create theatre with the community, for the community, striving always for excellence in production and education. Hillbarn has won a Theater Critics Circle Award, was accepted at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, was honored with several mayoral proclamations for excellence in theatrical production and education, and received three Dean Goodman Awards for Artistic Excellence.