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"Phantom" Comes to Salem!
Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera are in for a treat

Franc D'Ambrosio,
Affectionately Known As
The "Iron Man of the Mask"

    Local fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera are in for a treat, this fall. On Saturday, September 7, former Phantom, Franc D'Ambrosio will be performing a night of Broadway songs (yes, he'll sing THAT song) at Enlightened Theatrics' Inaugural Fundraising Gala: Broadway to Salem.
    The evening, on Saturday September 7th, 2019 from 5:00pm-10:00pm at Salem's Historic Grand, promises to be a unique, one of a kind event not to be missed.
    Gala tickets include a red carpet welcome at 5 PM, followed by a hosted cocktail hour, a three- course dinner by Wild Pear, and a cozy, convivial live auction as we prepare for the treat of the evening, an intimate performance by Franc D'Ambrosio. It is sure to be an evening of community, talent and, most importantly, a generous outpouring of support for the company's existing and future performing arts educational programs.
    Businesses and individuals may purchase entire tables and participate further by sponsoring, underwriting, or making donations of funds or goods for the event. Please call Theresa Yvonne, Managing Director at Enlightened Theatrics for details on sponsorship levels and advertising opportunities offered.
    Tickets can be purchased at www.EnlightenedTheatrics. org or by calling 503.585.3427, Wednesday - Friday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Gala tickets are $100, showonly tickets are $65. Both tickets entitle guests to an after-party celebrating the evening.
    Best-known for his impressive portrayal of the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera , Franc D'Ambrosio is affectionately known as the "Iron Man of the Mask," for bringing over five million theatre-goers to their feet in a 6-1/2-year run.
    But that distinction only scratches the surface of an illustrious career spanning decades, including his portrayal of the opera-singing Anthony Corleone, son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton's characters in the seven-time Academy Award-nominated film Godfather III . Franc also sang the Academy Award-winning theme song Speak Softly Love for both the film and Original Motion Picture soundtrack, garnering over one million hits on YouTube.
    Tiffany Carstensen, Gala 2019 and Education Committee Chair shared, "The goal of our Broadway to Salem Gala is to create our largest fundraiser of the year for Enlightened Theatrics. The proceeds from this event directly benefit local students in our educational theatre programs. Meeting our fundraising goal of $25,000 will ensure scholarship funding for students to attend professional theatrical workshops and summer camps, regardless

Rini Olson Will Meet Favorite Seahawks' Players

Rini Olson and Members of
Capitol Subaru Staff

Capitol Subaru Makes a Wish Come True

    Little seven-year-old Rini Olson of Salem had one wish after her heart transplant; to play football and eat Top Ramen noodles with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Capitol Subaru made that wish happen at the end of July, through a donation to the Make- A-Wish Foundation. Rini was surprised with a wagon full of Seahawks merchandise and a future trip to Seattle with her family for a game.
    Capitol Subaru held a festive event for Rini, her family, the Make-A-Wish representatives and other children with disabilities. In addition to a barbecue, candy cart and lawn games, the Capitol employees wore green and blue shirts with Rini's name and the #1 on it.
    "It is truly exceptional to work with a company like Subaru that knows how important it is to be an active member of your community," said Carrie Casebeer, Capitol Auto Group marketing director. "The ability to help support Rini's and to make a truly special day for her was unbelievably rewarding for all of us at Capitol Subaru."
    Rini had her life-saving transplant six years ago at Seattle Children's Hospital, where the enthusiasm for the Seahawks was encouraged.
    It was there where she started learning about the players and the team. Now broadening their purpose, Make-AWish offers to fulfill the wishes of children with a critical illness.
    While Rini's health has stabilized, she was still considered one of the sickest young patients seen in Seattle Hospital and receiving her wish gives some joy to a child who has suffered so much.
    Next fall, Rini and her family will travel to Seattle to see a game and meet some of the players.
    You can contribute to Make-A-Wish at

Coast Haste
A Wet Hop Hazy IPA, Hits Shelves September 2019

It can only be made once a year

    (NEWPORT, Ore.) -- Rogue Ales & Spirits is celebrating the hop harvest with the launch of Coast Haste, an imperial hazy IPA, that is made with wet hops straight from Rogue Farms.
    "As farmers and brewers, we believe the best products come from the best ingredients," says Rogue President Dharma Tamm.
    "We love harvest season, when ingredients are at their peak and beer is begging to be brewed."
    To take advantage of this bountiful time, Coast Haste is made with hops that are harvested on the Rogue Farm and quickly transported, while still wet, 71 miles to be brewed in Newport on the Oregon Coast. This effort pays off with an incredibly fresh, fruity, flavorful IPA.
    Coast Haste is a unique beer, and because it is brewed with fresh hops, it can only be made once a year. "We brewed this hazy IPA to showcase the flavor of the hops," says Rogue Brewmaster Joel Shields. "Its bold tropical, citrus notes make this the perfect beer to crack open while savoring the final few summer nights."