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Golden Shamrock Gala

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
— GBS

Each year, Gingold Theatrical Group celebrates Shaw’s humanist ideals with our Golden Shamrock Gala.  Held on St. Patrick’s Day in honor of Shaw’s Irish roots, the Golden Shamrock Gala is where we present the Golden Shamrock Award in recognition of artistic or cultural contributions to society.  Our 2018 Gala was a great success and honored actress and activist Martha Plimpton and actor, producer, and long-time executive director of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Tom Viola.

Featuring a sparkling cocktail hour and delectable meal, a silent auction with lots that have included rare collectibles, Broadway tickets, spa vouchers, fine wines and more, and a musical program by some of New York’s finest performers, the Golden Shamrock Gala is an event not to be missed!

Performancers will include Charles Busch, Tyne Daly, Alison Fraser, Howard McGillin, Tom Judson, Irish Fiddler James Cleveland, auctioneer extraordinaire Nick Nicholson, and MORE!!!

 

About our 2018 Honorees:

Martha Plimpton is a United States Citizen, actress, and sometimes writer based in New York. She has appeared in over 35 films, dozens of television programs, and on stage in theaters large and small for over 30 years. She has been politically active since she was a teenager, marching for women’s reproductive freedom since the 1980s, and serving as one of the co-founders and board members of A is For, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing reproductive rights and ending the stigma against abortion care. She has lobbied Congress on behalf of Planned Parenthood and has spoken out for women’s reproductive rights at campuses and rallies across the country.

Actor/writer/producer/administrator Tom Viola has served in a leadership capacity of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS since the organization came into being in 1988. BC/EFA helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance, and is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC.

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
— GBS

Past Recipients of the Golden Shamrock Gala Award

  • 2018 – Martha Plimpton and Tom Viola
  • 2017 – Tyne Daly
  • 2015 – Kate Mulgrew and Kenneth Lonergan
  • 2014 – Anita Jaffe and Charles Busch
  • 2013 – Judith Ivey and Robert Osborne
  • 2012 – Terrence McNally and Brian Murray

Photos from Past Golden Shamrock Galas