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of Mt. Gretna... since 1927!

Annual Gala



Due to the overwhelming support of so many, the 2013 Gala raised a net amount of $79,832 for Gretna Theatre! 

Though this amount still doesn’t pay off all our bills, it is a giant step forward and this vital fundraiser allows Gretna Theatre to continue it’s nearly 90-year run.  A standing ovation is deserved by all!

The most recent Gretna Theatre Annual Gala was held at The Hotel Hershey on October 12, 2013.  Our Coghlan Award Honoree for 2013 is The Hershey Company for their continued support of Gretna Theatre’s programming over many years.


 The lineup of events:

The lovely Fountain Court at the Hotel Hershey is the setting for the first part of our Gala – the Champagne Reception begins at 6:00 pm with over twenty tables of silent auction items, valued between $25 and $2,000! Then we move into the Garden Terrace Ballroom for wine, dinner, dessert plus the Wine Basket Card Game winner drawing, the live auction of everything from fabulous jewelry to travel adventures and the opening of the Treasure Chest filled with $1,000 in cold, hard cash for the lucky key holder!

The 2013 Coghlan Award Honoree for Meritorious Service to Gretna Theatre is awarded to THE HERSHEY COMPANY.

The following are OUR LIVE AUCTION ITEMS and below that a gallery of just a few of the items that are up for bid at the Silent Auction tables!  We ALWAYS encourage getting together with your friends and family to decide what you are going to bid on BEFORE you get to the Gala!

 One Week Stay in a charming Mt Gretna Cottage.  Located on Harvard Avenue just behind and down the street from the Mt. Gretna Playhouse this lovely cottage has 4 bedroom, AC, modern kitchen, and a large welcoming porch. Excludes Art Show week.  Donated by Jerry & Pennie Jo Flury, Jr..




John Deere Pedal Tractor with Cart toy is the perfect vehicle for little helpers!  Donated to the Gretna Theatre Gala by Barry & Sue Ansel.



Actors line up around the block for Gretna Auditions in NYC!

New York City Audition Experience for Two!
OMG!  Get the inside scoop on what it takes to appear on the Gretna Theatre stage.  Join producing artistic director Larry Frenock and the rest of the theatre staff to sit in on NYC auditions, and join them for dinner afterward.  Amtrak fare, hotel for two nights and dinner are included in this priceless adventure.  Arrive at your leisure via Amtrak on Sunday and check in to your hotel;  experience a day of open auditions at Nola Studios on 54th Street where many a Broadway show has held its rehearsals, enjoy dinner with Larry and the staff, see auditions by appointment from Broadway veterans to those just beginning the following day.  The first person waiting on the line that stretched around the block last year arrived at 5AM to secure her spot to audition!  Auditions are tentatively slated for March 10 & 11, 2014.  This one-of-a-kind experience is donated by Patrick & Linda Castagna in support of Gretna Theatre.


Mollie B’s Distinctively Different Fine Jewelry: 18k yellow/white gold “Granada” paisley necklace, 6 diamonds tcw 0.09 with chain, valued at $2,000!

Mollie B’s Distinctively Different Fine Jewelry:  18k yellow/white gold “Granada” paisley necklace, 6 diamonds tcw 0.09 with chain, valued at $2,000!  Donated to the Gretna Theatre Gala by Richard & Mollie Bronstein.


Nemacolin Resort & Spa Overnight Stay

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a family and luxury vacation destination on 2,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Enjoy the luxurious Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel for a two night stay with breakfast each morning for two included.  This package is valued at $1,200 and is donated by the resort.   A basket of Nemacolin logo items and a Vera Bradley bag accompanies this prize item!



Grammy winner Pam Tillis Autographed Guitar

Grammy Award Winner Pam Tillis autographed Guitar signed by the artist during her concert visit to Gretna theatre in June 2013!


Hotel Hershey Chef’s Dinner for Ten! A private dinner for 10 people created by The Hotel Hershey Executive Chef, Ken Gladysz.  This seven course dinner (appetizer, soup, intermezzo, entree, salad, dessert and hot beverage) will be paired with 4 different wines with the meals which can be held in a private residence or the Alcove of The Hotel Hershey.  Dates must be coordinated with the Executive Chef and certain ‘black-out’ dates will apply to include Holidays.  You and your guests will thrill to the expertise and fine taste of the four-star, four-diamond rated The Hotel Hershey and its terrific staff.  Offer is valid through October 31, 2014 and is valued at $1,750.  This glorious gastronomic experience is donated by The Hotel Hershey.


Williamsburg Plantation Resort

Williamsburg Plantation Vacation Resort!  Enjoy a week-long vacation using a one bedroom Unit A time-share at Williamsburg Vacation Resorts. Available 3/23/2014-3/30/2014.  Check the amenities at:

Surrounded by historical sites, the Williamsburg Plantation resort is just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement, Busch Gardens and hundreds of years of Americana. Perhaps you’ll spend your days strolling the cobblestoned streets of Colonial Williamsburg and enjoying a vacation that indeed takes you back in time.  Save time, however, to enjoy the resort itself!
Modeled after an antebellum plantation, the resort’s clubhouse features indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a host of other amenities designed to enrich your stay in one of America’s original 13 colonies.The colonial American charm of Williamsburg Plantation makes it the perfect spot for a family vacation.  In addition to the multitude of sightseeing opportunities nearby, the Virginia countryside is the ideal backdrop for nature lovers who enjoy hiking along rustic trails and long leisurely picnics on scenic hillsides. The area also affords a variety of opportunities for eclectic shopping, fine dining and championship golf.   Valued at $1,250.  Donated to the Gretna Theatre Gala anonymously at the donor’s request.


PNC Founders Suite at the Giant Center for Hershey Bears Game

Hershey Bears Suite at the Giant Center! Grab your friends and bid on this 16-seat PNC Founder’s Suite at the Giant Center for one Hershey Bears’ 2012-2013 season game!  Five parking passes are included; catering is not.  This gift to Gretna Theatre’s Gala from PNC Bank is valued at $1,200 and is not one to be missed.



Antique Hand Painted Blanket Chest

AND!  An Antique dove-tailed Blanket Chest painted by Kathy Graybill.  Donated by the Artist.








We have a new game for you this year! 

There is a standard deck of 52 playing cards – each card purchased becomes a chance to win a huge selection of 25 wines from around the world. Most are rated 90 points or more by “Wine Spectator” while others are amazing new discoveries we think you’ll enjoy.  Buy one card for $40 or two for $60 and become part of a very select group having the chance to win this prize!  Winner announced before the live auction!  The wine list:

  1. Spain-Pazo Senorans – White
  2. California-Eden Ridge – Chardonnay
  3. Oregon-Kudos – Pinot Noir
  4. Italy-Re Di Renieri - Red
  5. Austria-Gruner Veltliner – White
  6. Italy-Terredora DiPaolo – White
  7. Greece-Assyrtiko Santorini – White
  8. Portugal-Callabrigia Douro – Red
  9. Pennsylvania-Waltz Crow Woods – Cabernet
  10. Virginia-Boxwood Estate Topiary – Red
  11. France-Granacha Signargues – Red
  12. Italy-Leone D’Oro Vino Nobile – Red
  13. California-Dominican Oaks – Chardonnay
  14. New Zealand-Framingham – Sauvignon Blanc
  15. France-Chateau Lague – Red Bordeaux
  16. France-Reserve des Vignerans – Red
  17. California-Titus – Cabernet Sauvignon
  18. France-Chateau Guibon – White Bordeaux
  19. South Africa-Hands – Cabernet Sauvignon
  20. Spain-Riola Alavesa – Red
  21. France-Sancerre – White
  22. France-Coteaux Du Languedoc – White
  23. Greece-Hermes III – Red
  24. Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Champagne
  25. Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Get Bidding! Just LOOK at some of the amazing Gifts, Goods, Trips and Experiences we have for our Silent Auctions! Many more items not pictured here including area Restaurant Gift Certificates, Artwork, Gift Baskets, Clothing and Accessories, Sports Memorabilia, Sporting Events, Experiences….and more! Note that some items will be bundled with other complementary items as a package. What do YOU want to bid on at the Gala?!? (Click on any image to see the entire photo. Note some Live Auction items are pictured below as well.)

Other Silent Auction items not shown above include (in no particular order):

  •  Mt Nittany Winery Tour & Tasting
  • Lancaster Archery Supply Certificates & a Skeet Shooting Party
  • Ephrata Performing Arts Center Tickets
  • PA Renn Faire Poe & Dickens Tickets
  • Beverly B. Felter watercolor of the Star Barn
  • Cocoa Beanery Gift Basket
  • Fairview Golf Course Package
  • Behind the Scenes tour of Sotheby’s Auction House, NYC
  • $100 Certificate for Skin Care Services by Dr. Mark Boland, Hbg.
  • $100 worth of Certificates to The Allen Theatre in Annville
  • Membership to the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at LVC
  • Two Night Stay at the Golden Inn Avalon near Wildwood, NJ
  • Become a Sonoma Valley Winemaker! Private blending seminar, winery tours and tastings, chauffer, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn four night stay with airfare for two.
  • Sight & Sound Theatre Tickets
  • Comcast – 3 Months of Cable TV
  • Golf for 3 with Gretna Theatre Board President J. Thomas Dunlevy and lunch at the Lancaster Country Club
  • Faith Prince autographed CDs
  • Gretna Theatre 2014 Subscription for Two
  • Eden Resort Getaway – overnight stay in deluxe accommodations and Arthur’s Breakfast Buffet for two in Lancaster
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Certificate
  • Fringe Beauty Basket
  • Bristol Riverside Theatre – Tickets to “Pride & Prejudice” exp. 11/14/13
  • Chesapeake Bay Fishing Trip on 18′ Crestliner, includes Rods, Bait and Lunch
  • Lebanon Valley YMCA Membership
  • Golf in Ireland – Six night getaway with 3 days of golf and airfare for two
  • Popcorn Hat Players Tickets, included is a 5-pound Hershey’s Chocolate Bar!
  • Hershey Theatre Tickets to “Ghost, the Musical” opening night on 10/29/13 at 7:30pm
  • Bear’s Den Dinner for Four at the Hershey Lodge Certificate for $75
  • Hershey Bears Hockey Tix – 4 – 100 level seats to any Sunday Bears game (with exclusions)
  • White Mountain Boots, $50 QVC Certificate and 4 passes to a QVC studio park tour
  • Allenberry Weekend Certificate with Murder Mystery Weekend for Two, two nights lodging, six feasts, three repasts, taxes and grats for “A Time to Kill” (specified dates)
  • Lebanon Country Club Golf Certificates
  • Tres Chic $100 Gift Certificate
  • The Inn at Westwynd Farm Package, Hummelstown includes two night stay, breakfast
  • Manada Golf Club Package
  • Artsy Tarts – 8 dozen miniature “artsy tarts” for your next special occasion
  • Hotel Hershey $100 Dining Certificate
  • Hershey Area Playhouse tickets to “Gypsy” July 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
  • Starbucks Basket
  • $100 worth of Plum Bottom Certificates, Harrisburg
  • Premium Wine: From the cellars of Terry Lehman a 750 ml bottle of Joseph Phelps “Insignia” and a 750 ml bottle of Silver Oak premier wine!
  • The Clubs at Colonial Ridge Golf Package
  • “Wizard of Oz” inspired poster designed and created by Nicole Castagna
  • Wreath decor combining tradition and glitz to grace your table or wall by “Creative Designs by Karen”
  • Fulton Theatre tickets to “Mary Poppins” valid 11/19 – 12/29/13
  • Intercourse Village Relaxation Package: Overnight stay in a suite at the Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village plus a one hour couples massage, a therapy pillow and candles
  • Boardwalk Plaza Two Night Stay:  Two night, off season getaway at this romantic oceanfront resort in Rehoboth Beach. Expires 10/31/2014
  • Twelve Bottles of home-made Fruit Wines
  • 8 sessions of personal training at Fitness Fusion Training Studio in Hummelstown or Linglestown
  • Harrisburg Symphony:  Two season tickets in seating areas 2, 3, or 4 for the Masterworks Series in the 2013-2014 season
  • Phillies!  4 – Phillies Tickets 100 level along first base line & Parking Pass. Choice of several dates
  • Christie’s Auction House Tour for 4 People, NYC:  Behind the scenes tour of Christie’s with John Hays. Must be used during pre-sale exhibition January 18-23, 2014
  • Mt. Gretna 2013 Art Show Poster with Four 2014 Art Show passes and two 2013 Art Show tee shirts, size large
  • Hershey Lodge $300 Certificate:  Good for one night stay for up to four people on European Plan Inc. Includes lodging and tax
  • Rainbow Dinner Theatre Tickets:  4 seats for meal and a show not including Saturday evenings or Christmas show. Valid 10/12/13-5/24/14
  • Sports Memorabilia:  Signed Photo – Philadelphia 76ers’ Jason Richardson; Signed Photo Tommy Hunter, Orioles pitcher; Roger Bernadina – Washington Nationals’ Bobble Head Doll; Al Bumbry Orioles Hall of Famer – signed photo; Baseball Card Set – Harrisburg Senators; Philadelphia Eagles tankard
  • Hershey Country Club Golf Package
  • Yacht Sailing in San Francisco:  Sailing experience on an America’s Cup Yacht on San Francisco Bay, 4-Night Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Stay with Airfare for two
  • Crossgates Golf Package and Lesson
  • Arden Theatre Tickets:  Two tickets to any performance excluding openings, Saturday nights and dates between 12/24/2013 – 1/1/2014
  • Wilma Theatre:  Voucher for two tickets for a performance at The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia in the 2013-2014 season.
  • Sky View Plaza Two Night Stay in Philadelphia’s seaport neighborhood
  • Gamut Theatre:  Certificate for 4 tickets to Gamut Theatre Group’s 2013-2014 season
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg:  Two subscriptions to Season 28 (4 productions); Season runs 11/4/2013 to 5/3/2014
  • 5 Yoga or Pilates Classes at “om my yoga” of Camp Hill
  • Iron Valley Golf Package
  • Gretna Music:  $100 Certificate for Gretna Music tickets good for 2013/2014 concert at Elizabethtown College or Mt. Gretna; includes poster
  • Walnut Street Theatre, Philadephia:  Two tickets to any 2013-14 mainstage performance. Not valid Fridays or Saturdays. Seating based on availability
  • Bonsai Tree – live
  • The Villages, Florida:  6 nights lodging as guests with Bob & Patsy Oburn, airport pick-up, golf cart, amenities. Mutually agree on Jan-Mar / Oct-Dec 2014
  • Delaware Theatre Company:  2 tickets to any show in Delaware Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 mainstage season. Excludes Saturday nights and special events
  • Hilton Overnight Stay:  One night weekend stay for two including breakfast in Raspberries at the Hilton in Harrisburg. Based on availability
  • Cooking Class at Essen:  Cooking class combining demonstration & hands-on participation; includes a sit down meal or food to take home
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour, NYC:  4 person private curator guided tour of American Wing w/access to trustees dining room. Mutually agreed weekday before 09/25/14.
  • Susquehanna Chorale Season Tickets, includes the CD, “A Susquehanna Christmas II”
  • Michael-Boyd Mens Wear Certificate
  • Hershey Area Playhouse 2014 Subscriptions
  • Market Square Concerts:  4 tickets good for any of the 5 remaining shows in the 2013/2014 Market Square Concerts series
  • Strand-Capitol Performing Arts:  Certificate good for $100 toward tickets to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA
  • Ready-to-serve luncheon picnic buffet for 25 people includes lunch meats, salads, desserts, plates and utensils. Expires 9/30/14
  • Cross-stitched original of Mt. Gretna Playhouse [8,500 stitches/100 hours work] by Kathy Kercher customed framed by Frametastiks
  • Hotel Hershey Spa $100 Certificate
  • Hershey Park 2014 Season Passes for Four
  • Today’s Chef $100 Certificate, Palmyra
  • Vintage Gretna theatre Poster “The Alarm Clock” circa 1945
  • $250 gift card for Giant Food Stores
  • Movement Laboratory Certificate:  2 – certificates each good for one month of dance classes at Lebanon’s premier dance studio
  • Mt Gretna Lake & Beach/Mini Golf Passes:  40 tickets good for 20 regular or 40 youth/senior admissions to Mt Gretna Lake and Beach & 6 admissions to Mini Golf
  • $100 Certificate to The Kennedy Center in Washington DC for tickets and $100 Certificate to Sandoval Restaurants, inclucing Washington DC

Restaurant Row Bidding Frenzy – Bidding starts at the value of each Gift Certificate!  Thanks to these restaurants for their support (in no particular order):

  • Devon’s $200 Dining Certificate;
  • Houlihan’s $100 Dining Certificate;
  • Fenicci’s $50 Dining Certificate;
  • 2 – $50 Certificates for either Carley’s or Stocks on 2nd in Harrisburg or Stocks Manor in Mechanicsburg;
  • 12 – $40 Certificates to Your neighborhood’s Applebee’s Dine once every month Nov 2013 thru Oct 2014;
  • $100 Certificate for Mt Hill Tavern in Susquehanna Township, Harrisburg;
  • Passage to India $200 Dining Certificate;
  • Niko’s $100 Dining Certificate;
  • Bricco’s $200 Dining Certificate;
  • 2 – $50 Certificates for Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, Harrisburg;
  • Hershey Pantry $200 in Dining Certificates;
  • Char’s $150 Dining Certificate;
  • Firehouse $100 Dining Certificate;
  • Two $25 Certificates to “What If…Hershey”;
  • Nick’s 114 $40 in Dining Certificates;
  • Two $10 Certificates for Sophia’s on Market, Camp Hill;
  • $100 Certificate for Black ‘N Bleu Camp Hill;
  • $100 Certificate for Fenz, Lancaster;
  • Two $100 Certificates to Final Cut Steakhouse, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (must be 21 to enter).



The 2013 Schedule of Events on Saturday, October 12:

  • 6:00 pm   Arrival at the Hotel Hershey.  Register and receive your bidder number, auction catalogue and dinner seating location.
  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm  Champagne Reception with served hors d’oeuvres in the elegant  Fountain Court Lobby, bidding on Silent Auction Items, purchase your Wizard of Oz Playing Cards for a chance to win a huge basket of premium wines from around the world, and purchase of Treasure Chest Keys (to try in the lock of the chest containing $1,000 cold hard cash!!).
  • 7:10 pm   The first set of eight silent auction tables close (“1,000 Series”)  Don’t let anyone beat your bid for the items you want!
  • 7:20 pm   The second set of eight silent auction tables close (“2,000 Series”)  Watch it! Snipers can sneak up and put a final bid after you if you are not careful!
  • 7:30 pm   The  third and final set of  silent auction tables closes (“3,000 Series”) Last chance to get a great deal on these terrific items!
  • 7:45 pm    We move into the Garden Terrace Ballroom to be seated at our tables.  Welcoming remarks.  Wine, Dinner & Dessert is served.  During Dinner  we will have the Card Game to find the winner of the International Wine Basket, we will hold the Restaurant Row Bidding Frenzy (bid on gift certificates to your favorite area restaurants!), the Live Auction of extra-special items, the Fund-an-Item Appeal (to help fund programs for students at Gretna Theatre) and the opening of the Treasure Chest (try your key to see if you’ve won!).
  • Check out – Three checkout lines will be open in order to pay for your silent and live auction winnings.  Cash, Checks and Credit Cards (MC/Visa/Disc/Amex) are accepted for payment.  Items may not be retrieved until paid for.


We are very proud that nearly 100% of our auction items are donated free and clear each year to Gretna Theatre for this vitally important fundraising event!
Many thanks to all who donated to the Gala!


Special thanks to our brilliant and generous 2013 Gala Sponsors –
Please click their name to learn more about these companies:
Capital BlueCross
Conrad Siegel Actuaries
Cunningham & Chernicoff, P.C.
The Hershey Company
Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP
Thanks for your Support!


Some Photos from the 2010 Gala
Help to preserve Gretna Theatre by participating in our annual Gala!
To donate, or for more information please call or email:
Renee Krizan
If you are interested in assisting us in the necessary and exciting event, click the link below for a listing of the committees and positions we need staffed to have our Gala run smoothly and successfully.
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