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FRIENDS IN DEED 20th Anniv. Event: Sondheim Devises Treasure Hunt, Hosted by Parker and Broderick, Performances by Cook and Esparza

A 20TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT CELEBRATING FRIENDS IN DEED

“A LITTLE JURASSIC TREASURE HUNT”

HOSTED BY  SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND MATTHEW BRODERICK

 HUNT DEVISED BY STEPHEN  SONDHEIM

PERFORMANCE BY BARBARA COOK AND RAUL ESPARZA

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011
AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

www.FriendsInDeed.org

For two decades Friends In Deed has offered emotional and spiritual support for all those affected by life threatening illness, caregiving and grief.  In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Friends In Deed, Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parkerand Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will host “A Little Jurassic Treasure Hunt,” a once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday, October 3, 2011.   At this special benefit event, guests will form teams to trace clues through the American Museum of Natural History in a specially devised hunt created by legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.   Following a cocktail reception in The Museum’s Hall of Mammals, the hunt will take place in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs and the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs before a dinner reception in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.  The dinner reception will feature performances of Mr. Sondheim’s songs by Tony Award winner Barbara Cook and Tony nominee Raul Esparza.

“I'm thrilled that Stephen Sondheim has lent his name and brilliance to help Friends In Deed,” says Broadway actor and Friends In Deed Board Member Anthony Rapp. “Mr. Sondheim’s treasure hunts are quite legendary, and rare, and I feel privileged to get to partake in one. This event will go a long way in allowing Friends In Deed to continue its life saving work.” 

MORE ABOUT THE TREASURE HUNT:

For decades, Stephen Sondheim has famously devised private treasure hunt parties. In the late 1960's Sondheim started hosting game nights with friends. They gradually grew in size and complexity. In one of his famed Halloween Hunts, created with Anthony Perkins, the participants arrived at an old brownstone, rang the bell and were invited in by an unknown white-haired lady who is was sworn to answer no questions. Tensely, they waited for their next message as she served coffee and cake in silence. Film star Lee Remick was hungry and ate her portion. "Stop!" shouted the group-leader …too late. Rearranged, the icing on the cake would have revealed the map reference of their next rendezvous.

This year, Mr. Sondheim has offered to create a special hunt to benefit Friends In Deed and celebrate their two decades of invaluable work.  This event marks a rare occasion when members of the public will have the opportunity to participate.  

MORE ABOUT FRIENDS IN DEED:

Founded by Mike Nichols and Cynthia O’Neal in 1991, Friends In Deed-- The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness -- has helped transform many thousands of lives through a wide array of free programs and services. Friends In Deed provides emotional and spiritual support for anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening physical illnesses. Support is also available for family, friends, and caregivers of those who are ill, and anyone dealing with grief and bereavement. All services are free of charge. For more information, visit www.FriendsInDeed.org or call (212) 925-2009.

The Friends In Deed Board of Directors: Tom Cashin, Andy Cohen, Federico Garza-Bueron, Patrick Gordon, Michael P. Harrell, Robert Levithan, Jay Johnson, Cynthia O'Neal, Sandra W. Parker, Anthony Rapp and Julie Wong.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Individual tickets for “A Little Jurassic Treasure Hunt” are $1500.  Tables (10 seats) are  $15,000. All but $500 of each seat is tax deductible. Proceeds benefit Friends In Deed, The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness.   To purchase tickets visitwww.FriendsInDeed.org or call (212) 866-2608.

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“Congratulations to Friends in Deed and Cynthia O’Neal for TWO DECADES OF INVALUABLE SERVICE! This incredible organization makes lives better by providing much-needed services and support for people who are ill and the people who love them.”
– Barbara Cook
“Nothing in life is more difficult, rewarding, and more necessary than being truly alive to the present. FRIENDS IN DEED, A SINGULAR, IRREPLACEABLE ORGANIZATION, helps us all hold on to our compassion and shared humanity. Congratulations on this 20th Anniversary”
– Raul Esparza
“In the musical Rent, a group of survivors sing ‘forget regret or life is yours to miss.  No day but today’  …a message inspired by Friends In Deed and their support services. I loved being a part of that life-affirming message on stage and it is an honor to sit on the board of THIS INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION that inspired it.”
- Anthony Rapp