10th Anniversary Restoration Celebration

10th Anniversary Restoration Celebration 

GALA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MAESTRO ECKART PREU AND THOMAS HAMPSON

6:00PM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX

Sponsored by Frank Knott and the Estate of Sherry Martin Knott

Bill Simer and ReneÄ— Rolando, Fox 10th Anniversary Honorary Chairs
Dr. Francisco & Mary Velázquez, Fox 10th Anniversary Gala Chair

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the restoration of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Originally a movie theater, it opened in 1931. The theater was the largest and most modern in Spokane, but with the rise of suburban cinemas in the 1970s, it witnessed a gradual decline. Unwilling to see such a historical treasure demolished, a city-wide effort was led by the Spokane Symphony to lovingly restore The Fox to its former Art Deco splendor in 2007. 

Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson performed at the grand reopening of The Fox in 2007, and the world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning baritone is coming back to the theater to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its restoration at the gala. Born in Spokane and an alum of EWU, Hampson is hailed as “America’s Leading Baritone” and the “Ambassador of American Song.”

The gala will include a delicious catered meal, drinks, a video presentation on The Fox restoration, a live auction, and entertainment. Funds raised at the event will support the Spokane Symphony and Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

This event is sold out. Please contact Meredith Coleman at 509-464-7069 with questions. 

Here's a sneak peak at some of the items in the live auction:

Item #1: 1.5 Hour Scenic Plane Ride in the Area from Felts Field
Take to the skies over the Spokane/North Idaho region with a well-trained pilot in his private plane. Fly over your lake home or another well-loved landmark. Up to three passengers can ride along with the pilot.
Donor: Bob Larson of Merrill Lynch
Value: Priceless

Item #2: Fox 10th Anniversary Diamond Necklace
Take a piece of The Fox home with you tonight! Up for auction is a gorgeous diamond pendant and necklace created by Dodson’s Jewelers based on an Art Deco design element found throughout our beloved Fox Theater. The piece features a 14K multi-color gold pendant with beautiful diamonds artfully placed among the flowers. See if you can find the source of inspiration for this pendant. The pendant is attached to a 14K gold and diamond necklace inspired by the botanical vines found in the lobby. This keepsake will be a great conversation piece and will keep the memories you’ve made at The Fox bright.
Donor: Dodson’s Jewelers
Value: $5,000

Item #3: A Renaissance Adventure
Take a “Sunday Drive” with Mateusz Wolski in his Lotus Elise and experience his passion for racing first hand.  Follow this up with a gourmet meal of international dishes and great wines for you and 3 guests with Mateusz and Dawn Wolski prepared by tonight’s Gala Chairs, Dr. Francisco and Mary Velázquez in their home. Dinner will be followed by “Smoking” Bourbon and Cigars. As an added treat, you’ll receive 4 tickets to the M Show hosted by Mateusz on Friday, January 19, 2018. (On a mutually agreeable date & weather permitting.)
Donor: Mateusz Wolski and Dr. Francisco and Mary Velázquez
Value: Priceless

Item #4: Weekend Getaway at Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Relax and enjoy a two-night stay in a junior suite at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, dinner for two at Masselow’s Steakhouse, 60-minute companion massages at La Rive Spa and two tickets to a show of your choice!
Donor: Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Value: $1,160

Item #5: London’s Ultimate Catering Chef’s Dinner for Ten
London’s Ultimate Catering invites 10 guests into their kitchen at Riverside Place, formerly known as the Masonic Temple, for an evening with the chef. Guests will sit at formally dressed tables in their commercial kitchen with full view of our cooking, plating, and service processes. London will work with the host to develop a menu that is seasonally based and will satisfy the seasoned foodie. This three hours of fun includes a tour of their awesome building, contests, and a rare behind-the-scenes view of what London’s does.
Donor: London’s Ultimate Catering
Value: $1,500

Item #6: Sports Package for All Seasons
Make the most of winter with two adult season passes to 49 Degrees North for the 2017-18 season and, in the more temperate months, play a round of golf for two on the world-famous floating green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Included are a GPS golf cart, forecaddie, unlimited lakefront practice range privileges on day of play, a pre-round warm up sports massage at the pro-shop or practice range, personalized engraved souvenir bag tag and a $50 gift certificate for food and drink at the Floating Green Restaurant. (Tips not included.) 
Donors: Black Hawk Funding and CDA Golf Course
Value: $2,050

Item #7: Feel Good Package
Romantic couple’s massage at the CDA Resort. Two full body 75-minute massages with a glass of wine for each person, access to the indoor pool and hot whirlpools to increase relaxation before and after your massages; secure locker room, showers, deluxe products, towels and heated robes and slippers. Just bring your bathing suit! Relax in the Fireplace Room beforehand. (Excludes holidays.) Also includes a private wine tasting class for your group of 20 at any local Total Wine & More.
Donors: CDA Resort Spa and Total Wine & More
Value: $870

Item #8: Wine Dinner for 6 Oenophiles and Foodies
Enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a six-course dinner with premium wine pairings prepared by Chef Robert McDaniel, executive chef of the Floating Green Restaurant at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, as well as entertainment by vocalist Alina Peffer and more. This private soiree will be hosted at the homes of Robert Hrivnak and Dale Mohlenhoff of Liberty Lake. Both are Spokane Symphony trustees. Dinner is for six guests plus the hosts.
Donors: Robert & Valerie Hrivnak and Dale & Linda Mohlenhoff
Value: $2,500

Item #8: Raise the Paddle
You can make a difference at the historic Fox, right here, right now. Help maintain the excellent sound for future concert experiences at The Fox with a donation toward a new sound board and digital stage splitter box. The theater reopened ten years ago with state-of-the-art technology, but through constant use and advancement in technology, this is no longer the case. These two items are at the top of the priority list established by Brian Ritter, Fox Theater General Manager. Thousands of people in the community will benefit from thia upgrade each season as they attend concerts and events of all kinds at The Fox.
Donor: Gala Attendees
Value: Priceless


Engrave Your Name on a Star

Leave a Permanent Mark Downtown on the sidewalk at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox!

Reserve a personalized sidewalk star and also receive recognition on the Wall of Fame in the Founder's Gallery at The Fox.   Both the stars and the Wall of Fame are permanent and memorialize and honor the business, individuals or foundations named for generations to come.

Stars can be purchased for $40,000 and are payable over three years. These tax-deductible donations benefit the Foundation for the Future Campaign of the Symphony. The deadline to purchase a star is April 30, 2018.

For more information, contact Jennifer J. Hicks, Director of Development at 509-464-7071 or jenniferhicks@spokanesymphony.org.

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