Jack Jones to Perform at Kean Theatre Grand Opening; Health System's Theatre Raises Funds for Its Charitable Foundation

Apr 29, 2002, 01:00 ET from St. Barnabas Health System

    GIBSONIA, Pa., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Barnabas Health System today
 announced that Grammy-award winning singer Jack Jones will headline the grand
 opening gala event at the Kean Theatre on Sept. 20, 2002.
     The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a dedication ceremony for the
 theatre, which is located within The Washington Place, a 23-unit independent
 living facility operated by St. Barnabas Health System.  A reception will
 begin at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m.  A post-performance
 party will also be held.
     While Jack Jones is perhaps best known as the singer of "The Love Boat"
 theme song, he has won two Grammy awards for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance
 for "Lollipops and Roses" and "Wives and Lovers."  An accomplished TV, film
 and stage actor, during 2000, he starred as Don Quixote in a national tour of
 "Man of La Mancha."  Jones has recorded more than 50 albums, 17 of which have
 made it to the Billboard Top 20.  In his latest release, he honors his good
 friend in the aptly titled "Jack Jones Paints a Tribute to Tony Bennett,"
 which was also nominated for a Grammy.
     Opening night at the Kean Theatre will be hosted by John A. Howell III,
 chairman of The Washington Place capital campaign and vice chairman of the
 St. Barnabas Health System board of trustees.  Also hosting the event will be
 Tom and Jean Sutherland.  Tom Sutherland, a former Beirut hostage who has gone
 on to become an inspiring author and philanthropist, received the 2001 Hance
 Award from St. Barnabas Health System and serves as honorary chairman of the
 Washington Place capital campaign.
     Tickets for the opening night are $75, $100 and $150.  Proceeds benefit
 The Washington Place capital campaign, which aims to raise $2.2 million to pay
 for the renovations of the facility.
     The Kean Theatre has a two-fold purpose:
     1. To serve as a community resource for arts and entertainment functions
         in the North Hills, as well as a site for business seminars and
     2. To raise funds for St. Barnabas Charitable Foundation, the fund-
         raising arm of St. Barnabas Health System.
     The Kean Theatre has 298 seats, features wall-to-wall carpeting and a
 state-of-the-art audio-visual system.  It is elegantly decorated in shades of
 rich red, gold and blue.  The decor is further enhanced by brass chandeliers,
 railings and sconces.
     About St. Barnabas
     Tracing its heritage back to 1900, St. Barnabas Health System serves
 approximately 700 inpatients and residents, plus 35,000 outpatients and home
 care clients.  Faith-based yet non-denominational, the health system is
 comprised of St. Barnabas Charitable Foundation, St. Barnabas Medical Center,
 St. Barnabas Nursing Home, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at
 St. Barnabas, The Washington Place, The Arbors at Valencia Woods, and Valencia
 Woods Nursing Center.
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