20th Anniversary Honorees

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George and Carol Bauer: Community Philanthropists of the Arts, Education and Health

George and Carol Bauer help enable many nobel causes. They have chaired and participated on numerous non-profit and corporate boards and have been major patrons helping support education programs, new facilities in universities, hospitals, social services and arts organizations. George began his career with IBM. He has created, managed and advised many businesses around the globe involving real estate, technology, transportation, investing and start ups. Carol also serves as a hospital Chaplin at Norwalk Hospital. She is actively involved in community programs. George and Carol are active members of the United Methodist Church of New Canaan.



David Friedman: Author, Broadway & Movie Composer and Music Director

David started his career as a Broadway music director and conductor. Soon he was collaborating and writing hits for many recording artists including Diana Ross, Barry Manilow and Lucie Arnaz. He was the original music supervisor and conductor for Disney’s Academy and Grammy award winning Beauty and the Beast movie and the Tony winning Broadway Show. David has also composed and supervised the music for other disney features. David recently composed the music for Desperate Measures that had a very successful  Off-Broadway run and is now being produced across the country. He has authored several books on wellness including his most recent release titled “Thought Exchange”.



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Paul Gallo - Broadway Lighting Designer

In a career that spans more than 3 decades, Mr. Gallo has designed the lighting for over 50 Broadway productions.  He made his Broadway debut at the age of 27 with Passione, starring Jerry Stiller.  Subsequently, he has had the privilege of working with the amazing talents of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Renée Zellweger, Liam Neeson, Paul Rudd, Cynthia Nixon, Laura Linney, Ben Stiller, Victor Garber, Christopher Walken, Stockard Channing, Patti Lupone, Kevin Kline, Chris Noth, Kristin Chenoweth, Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow, David Hyde Pierce, Kathy Bates, Patrick Stewart, Leslie Uggams, Joanne Woodward, Christopher Plummer, Sandy Dennis, E.G. Marshall, Jessica Tandy, Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor.



Chris Lopes - Emerging Artist
Chris began acting with the Summer Theatre of New Canaan's DramaRamas education program.  He is an actor with Down Syndrome. A documentary was shot about his making a career in TV series, films and theatre productions. He will tell us about his journey in the performing arts.

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