NEW HAVEN – Art prompts dialogue, provides entertainment and, in many instances, supports good causes. The Friends of the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital are using a great evening of theatre, Long Wharf Theatre’s production of The Old Masters by Simon Gray, to support the very real needs of sick children.

The Friends of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital is hosting a fundraising event at Long Wharf Theatre on Friday, January 28, 2011. The evening will kick off with cocktails and dinner at 6 PM, to be followed by a performance of The Old Masters, starring Sam Waterston and Brian Murray at 8 pm. The performance will be followed by a dessert reception with Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. Tickets are $200 for a guest and $250 for a patron guest.

“We’re really proud to be hosting this important event here at Long Wharf.  The theatre is committed to being a good neighbor to individuals and organizations in the Greater New Haven community, and we’re honored that the Friends of the Yale Children’s Hospital want to bring their guests here to see a performance, even as they raise important funds for the hospital,” said Eileen Wiseman, Long Wharf Theatre director of development.

Proceeds from the event will support the programs of the Friends. Some of the group’s most recent projects include funding a pediatric chemotherapy infusion room, supportive care services to relieve pain in the hospital’s most fragile group of young patients, and supporting home monitoring of children with congenital heart defects, especially between multiple surgeries. The Friends have helped fund the training of sexual assault nurse examiners for the pediatric emergency room, and have supported a new patient resource room and family advocate to help families with ill children better understand and participate in their child’s treatment.

“We are grateful to Long Wharf Theatre for providing the opportunity to combine a great evening at the theatre with raising funds for such an important cause. We feel confident that this event will provide a tremendously positive way for our sponsors and supporters to enjoy a spectacular evening out while rallying support for and spreading the message about our mission,” said Diane Molokotos, President of Board of Directors for the Friends of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

The Friends of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital was founded in 1989 by members of the community to improve the health and well-being of children and their families at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital through clinical care, education and outreach. 

For information on the Friends or to register for the event, call 203-688-6437 or go



Tracey and David Scheer