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My View: Life Is A Cabaret at The Wick Theatre

Jay Van Vechten, retired NYC PR man and Chairman of the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc. celebrated his 75th birthday last night as only a former President of one of the top three PR networks in the world could.  He put on a superlative Cabaret Show!  It took place at the beautiful state of the art Wick Theatre in Boca Raton.  The evening was headlined by Country Music royalty Nashvilles’s Kellye Cash a former Miss America and niece of Johnny Cash.  The exciting evening was directed by Jonathan Van Dyke.  It’s probably in the genes, Kellye Cash is a first rate country singer with a captivating personality, one of those type of performers that an audience instantly falls in love with.  

I guess you can say Jay Van Vechten is “connected” ( he handled the PR for Pope John’s visit to the United States), some of the best Cabaret performers south of New York City turned out for his birthday.  The Cabaret show was sponsored by the American Disabilities Foundation for the benefit of The Boating and Beach Bash For People with Disabilities of which Jay is a director.  

The evening reminded me of the days when you had those great variety shows during the Golden Years of Television.  A super talented celebrity host presenting a diversity of multitalented performers.  It happened live at the Wick Theatre last night and these were the special singers and dancers who helped Jay Van Vechten celebrate his birthday and raise funds for the American Disabilities Foundations.

Kellye Cash, Sean McGibbon, Aaron Kemper, Rob Russell, Mason Pace, Meg Frost, Hot Shoe Shuffle Boys, Michael Walters, and Lois Sage.

Paul Reekie on Piano.

Jay Van Vechten & Kellye Cash

Jay Van Vechten is a retired New York City PR man. He operated his own award winning agency for 25 years until a fall changed his life. A full time resident of Boca Raton, Van Vechten chairs the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., and serves as the Executive Director of the annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities. He was recently named Direct Service Provider of the Year by the Special Needs Advisory Coalition of Palm Beach County. He is also the past Chair of the City of Boca Raton Advisory Board for People with Disabilities. And currently sits on the city’s Community Advisory Panel.

Proceeds from the musical event will benefit the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., sponsor of the Boating & Beach Bash. Now in its 12th year, the next Bash is scheduled for March 1, 2020, and is anticipated to welcome 6,000 guests with special needs and their caregivers at Boca Raton’s Spanish River Park.

Kellye Cash
Michael Walters & Jan McArt
Eda Sorokoff, Kellye Cash, Kimberly Wick
Stephen Sorokoff & Jan McArt
Clare Coco & Rob Russell
Hot Shoe Shuffle Boys
Aaron Kemper
Lois Sage
Sean McGibbon
Happy Birthday Jay

Cabaret

Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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