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Kelly-Strayhorn party lays groundwork for centennial celebrations

John Altdorfer - Gail Carter with Darryl Strayhorn and her mother Annie Carter at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Gail Carter with Darryl Strayhorn and her mother Annie Carter at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Event host committe member Vivian Benter with Kelly Strayhorn executive director Janera Solomon at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Event host committe member Vivian Benter with Kelly Strayhorn executive director Janera Solomon at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Jan Hawthorne and Gregory Morris at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Mr. Morris is a nephew of Billy Strayhorn. Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Jan Hawthorne and Gregory Morris at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Mr. Morris is a nephew of Billy Strayhorn. Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Matt and Valdone Arffa at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Matt and Valdone Arffa at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Dr. Allan and Frances Philp at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Dr. Allan and Frances Philp at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Dr. Allan and Frances Philp at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Dr. Allan and Frances Philp at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Kelly Strayhorn Theater board member Manuel Reich with his wife Debra at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Kelly Strayhorn Theater board member Manuel Reich with his wife Debra at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
John Altdorfer - James Gourlay and Leah Havas at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>James Gourlay and Leah Havas at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty during the VIP Reception for 'Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash.' Nov. 30, 2013.

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Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The lure of a post-Thanksgiving hibernation did nothing to prevent VIPs of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty from getting together Nov. 30 for some mixers and mingling.

Raising a glass for The Suite Life, the event served as buildup for two major milestones for the storied theater: its 100th anniversary in 2014 and, in 2015, the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn.

Proceeds benefited the Strayhorn Legacy Fund, which supports arts-education activities for youth in the East End.

Attending were Vivian andBill Benter, KST director Janera Solomon, Gail Carter with Darryl Strayhorn and her mother Annie Carter, James Gourlay andLeah Havas, and Matt and Valdone Arffa.

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