Opera House Fundraiser To Feature Three Unique Celebrity Items

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will hold its annual fundraiser gala on Saturday at Shorewood Country Club. A live auction to be held as part of event will feature three unique celebrity memorabilia items – an electric guitar autographed by all the members of the rock band Three Dog Night, a sequined jacket owned and worn by dance legend Ginger Rogers and a faux fur owned and worn by Hollywood actress Shelley Winters.

“This year’s fundraiser is called Puttin’ on the Glitz,” said Rick Davis, opera house executive director. “The event will feature an ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour theme and will include fun elements that include a red carpet, dancing to the sounds of the Great American Songbook, classic Hollywood hors d’oeuvres, and special surprise ‘celebrity’ guests.”

Davis adds that the evening will feature a silent auction as well as a live auction. “Aside from our annual membership drive, this is the Opera House’s major fundraising event each year,” he said. This year’s auctions include a wide range of items of various values. The live auction will include the three celebrity memorabilia items:

  • An electric Tradition guitar autographed by Cory Wells, Danny Hutton, Jimmy Greenspoon, Michael Allsup, Paul Kingery and Pat Bautz. The guitar comes in its case, with a strap, guitar pick autographed by Wells and an autographed photo of Wells playing the guitar in concert.
  • A bronze sequined jacket owned and worn by the late Ginger Rogers. The jacket is a smaller size and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
  • A faux fur cape owned and worn by the late Shelley Winters. Winters was an animal rights advocate and eschewed real fur. The cape comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $55 per person and are available by contacting the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by visiting the Opera House website at www.fredopera.org. Those unable to attend the event but wishing to bid on one of the three celebrity items should contact Davis at 679-0891 for information.