FilmOneFest’s annual Benefit Dinner and Auction held at Branches on Saturday, May 11 raised $10,000 at a sold-out event with over 100 prizes won. Thanks to the many volunteers, donors, and sponsors who helped to make our biggest fundraiser of the year such a success.
Several sponsors of FilmOneFest were in attendance including Sony Pictures’ Tom and Nina Bernard, Alice Kupper of Kupper, PE, Julie Page of Page Wellness Center, and Carmen Craner.
New Submissions Director, David Salowe, was introduced and gave a sneak preview of a few of the films in consideration for this summer’s main event. Mike Boylan, a veteran filmmaker to the festival was present to watch the audience’s reaction to his submission. Judges Robert O’Connor and Victor Zak were also in attendance.
Regina Keelen presided over the live auction that featured a Sony Pictures premiere in New York City complete with red carpet and after party with the cast. Alice Kupper was the happy winner. A foursome at the famous Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister was won by Chuck Hoffman, and a trip to Mexico was taken home by Mrs. Keelen.
Atlantic Highlands Arts Council president, Stephanie Ladiana, spoke briefly about all the wonderful programs held throughout the year by the Council and thanked Former president, Sally Stopper, the official photographer of the Benefit Dinner, for her years of dedication to the Council.
FilmOneFest is a project of the AHAC, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. For more information, go to www.aharts.org.