Palm Beach Dramaworks’ gala pays tribute to 1940s Radio Days


The sounds filling the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in mid-March were voices from a bygone era, when families gathered around the radio to listen to music, mysteries, comedies and adventure stories.

Those sounds were the gateway to Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 19th anniversary gala, “1940s Radio Days,” chaired by Marsha and Stephen Rabb and attended by 250 supporters.

Inside the ballroom, guests sat at tables named after popular radio shows of the ‘40s as they dined on brown butter glazed filet of beef, creamed spinach, cipollini onion, roasted cauliflower and rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, followed by decadent desserts.

Guests danced to music of the ’40s performed by The Rich Switzer Trio and were entertained by Rich and Jill Switzer.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 12th annual Shelly Award to Louise Snyder, vice chair of Dramaworks’ board of directors. The award honors outstanding individuals in recognition of his or her exceptional commitment, support and advocacy on behalf of the company.  

“Louise has worked tirelessly on behalf of PBD for many years and it meant a lot to me to be able to publicly recognize and acknowledge her contributions,” said Producing Director William Hayes.

Another highlight of the evening was a play written for the occasion, “The Case of the Missing Millionaires.” The performance included several cheeky references, clever commercials and old-fashioned sound effects. It even featured Congresswoman Lois Frankel as a very old housekeeper.

The evening also included a tribute to Don Brown, the philanthropist and Palm Beach Dramaworks vice chair who passed away March 6.

Pictured above: From left, Sue Ellen Beryl, Marlene and Martin Silver, Marilyn Rotenberg and William Hayes at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 19th Annual Gala, “1940’s Radio Days.” The fund-raising event was held at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion on March 16. Photo by Alicia Donelan

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