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GNAC Gala Honors Alexa Ray Joel

Alexa Ray Joel to Receive Rising Star Award at Annual GNC Gala Event

The Great Neck Arts Center will honor singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of “Piano Man” Billy Joel, with an award at their annual benefit performance event on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event is entitled “A Salute to the Silver Screen” and will be hosted by the New York Institute of Technology at the de Seversky Mansion, located at Northern Blvd and Old Campus Road in Old Westbury.

“We are thrilled that Alexa Ray Joel will be with us, joining a distinguished roster of artists who have so warmly embraced the Great Neck Arts Center,” says Regina Keller Gil, executive director of the Arts Center. She goes on to say “In addition to accepting our Rising Star award, she will be performing for our audience, as well.”

The night, which culminates with a sit-down dinner, will also include speeches from the 2011 honorees and the announcement of the J. Leonard Samansky Arts Scholarship Fund in memory of the late Mayor Samansky. 

Among the artists who have been singled out for these awards are: Pulitzer Prize and Kennedy Center Award winning composer/conductor Morton Gould; actress Shirley Romaine; filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola; artists Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Lou Dorfsman; internationally renowned sculptor Edwina Sandys; Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame photographer Bob Gruen; Rock ‘N Roll Lovin’ Spoonful musician Joe Butler; jazz great trombonist Al Grey, jazz singer Yvette Glover; dancer Savion Glover; legendary fashion designer Oleg Cassini; and Broadway leading lady and Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara. Singer/actress Melissa Errico, who grew up in Manhasset, was the performer and award winner last year.

Admission to this event costs $250 per person and all funds raised at the annual gala go to support the School for the Arts, Scholarship Program, and Outreach Program, which currently serves thousands of students in the region. Anyone who is interested in attending should contact Ronni Berger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 829-2570 as soon as possible to reserve seats for this very special night.