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Broadways’ Best Serving SAY

Broadways’ Best Serving SAY
SAY Award honorees Everett Bradley and Thomas Kail along with event host Kelli O’Hara pose with SAY participants on the Red Carpet.

The Stuttering Association for the Young ( held its 17th Annual Benefit Gala, honoring long-time SAY supporter and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail with the Budd Mayer Advocacy Award, and inducting SAY’s Musical Director Everett Bradly into the SAY Hall of Fame. The evening was hosted by Broadway’s Tony-Award-winning, past SAY Honoree Kelli O’Hara; the benefit gala took place last evening at the Skirball Center for the PerformingArts and was followed by a Chef’s Tasting Event at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The Stuttering Association for the Young ( is a non-profit organization that offers innovative programs that address the physical, social and emotional impacts of stuttering, including Camp SAY; Confident Voices after-school & weekend programs; Speech Therapy, and support groups.

Wayne Brady snaps a selfie for a volunteer with SAY Honoree Thomas Kail

This year’s event Gala Chairs are Fred & Maria Ragucci, & TD Ameritrade; Gala Co-Chairs are Bettina & Michael Klein, & The Moglia Family Foundation and Gala Vice-Chairs are AECOM Tishman, Guggenheim Partners, & Marcia & Bill Withers.

Christopher Jackson and SAY Honoree Thomas Kail share a laugh on the Red Carpet
2019 SAY Honoree Everett Bradley and Awards host Kelli O’Hara are all smiles on the Red Carpet
Celebrity Chef Marc Vestre poses with SAY Participants on the Red Carpet
2019 SAY Honoree Thomas Kail along with SAY Participants
2019 SAY Honorees Everett Bradley and Thomas Kail with event host Kelli O’Hara on the Red Carpet
SAY Managing Director Noah Cornman, Wayne Brady and 2019 SAY Honoree Thomas Kail
Everett Bradley, Christopher Jackson, Kelli O’Hara, Thomas Kail, and Wayne Brady
Christopher Jackson and Wayne Brady with SAY Participants
Everett Bradley, Christopher Jackson, Thomas Kail, and Wayne Brady
2019 SAY Honoree Everett Bradley and event host Kelli O’Hara with SAY Participants
Christopher Jackson, Wayne Brady and Thomas Kail at the 2019 SAY Awards


Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at

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