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News Release

Date: October 3, 2005
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

Montgomery College to Present Second Annual Arts Stars Awards Oct. 27
Evening to Honor Successful D.C. Area Artists and Montgomery College Students

Montgomery College invites the public to its 2005 Arts Stars Awards on Thursday, October 27, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., to celebrate the growing arts community in Montgomery County and the talents of Montgomery College’s students.  The evening also honors the achievements of successful artists from the D.C. metropolitan area.  The Arts Stars Awards will be held the AFI Silver Theatre, located at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

Recipients of the 2005 Arts Stars Awards are:
• Bonnie Fogel, founder and executive director of Imagination Stage, Inc. (formerly, Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts, Inc.), a private, not-for-profit theatre arts center for children and families.
• Brad Oscar, an actor who is currently performing as Max Bialystock in the smash hit Mel Brooks-Susan Stroman Broadway musical “The Producers” and in his earlier acting days performed in Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre.
• Eliot Pfanstiehl, president and CEO of Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., which operates Strathmore, a multi-disciplinary arts center, including the Music Center at Strathmore and the Mansion at Strathmore, in Montgomery County.
• Eduardo Sanchez, a filmmaker, director, and Montgomery College alumnus who directed the blockbuster independent horror film, “The Blair Witch Project” and the soon-to-be-released “Altered.”
• Jerry Whiddon, producing artistic director emeritus at the Round House Theatre, who, in addition to planning each season’s series of shows and personally directing more than a dozen shows during his 20-year tenure, was instrumental in the theatre’s rapid growth to two new locations in Bethesda and Silver Spring.

In addition to the awards ceremony, musical, theatrical, and cinematic entertainment will be provided by Montgomery College students, faculty, and staff.  Some of the featured performers include the Montgomery College World Music Ensemble and violinists with the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to the evening’s entertainment, there will be a “red carpet” entrance to AFI and a pre-event reception. 

General tickets to the Arts Stars Awards cost $50 each.  Tickets may also be purchased at the friend level for $100 and the supporter level for $250.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds will benefit the arts at Montgomery College, through the Arts Institute.

For tickets or additional information, call Isabel de la Puente at 301-279-5287 or LaVerne Gordon at 301-610-4023.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.


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