Tim Green, Julie Abbott to Emcee Skaneateles Arts Council’s Annual Gala
Skaneateles, NY – Tim Green, attorney, author, television commentator and former NFL Football
player, and Julie Abbott, former co-host of “Bridge Street With Rick & Julie” and television anchor,
will emcee the Skaneateles Area Arts Council’s fourth annual summer gala, A Mid-Summer
Night’s Dream. The gala is on Sunday, July 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the shore at the beautiful lakeside
estate of Stella Maris Retreat Center, a former Roosevelt mansion. The event features cocktails, dinner,
and a concert by the lake with singer/songwriters Benjamin and Sally Taylor and David Saw.
Both Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times have called Tim Green the “Renaissance Man” of
sports. He was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons, where he starred as a defensive end for eight years. Green, a consensus All-American, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, was co-valedictorian of his undergraduate class, and was an honors law school graduate of Syracuse University. After 11 years as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and National Public Radio, Green hosted FOX’s nationally syndicated news magazine “A Current Affair.” His other broadcast experience includes ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Court TV’s
”Pros and Cons,” host of FOX Sports Net’s Emmy-nominated show “NFL Total Access” and Comedy Central’s “Battlebots.”
Green, an attorney with Hiscock & Barclay, is The New York Times best-selling author of 12 highly
successful novels, including his most recent national bestseller, “American Outrage,” as well as
the nonfiction New York Times best-seller “The Dark Side of the Game,” featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
He also is author of a memoir, “A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search,” which was featured
in PEOPLE Magazine, “Entertainment Tonight” and ABC’s “Prime Time.”
“Football Genius,” Green’s first novel for young readers, was an instant New York Times
best-seller. The success and enjoyment of working with his own children on the project resulted in
“Football Hero,” which was released in 2008. Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children
on Skaneateles Lake. For more information on Green, go to www.timgreenbooks.com.
Julie Abbott, who was co-host of WSYR NewsChannel 9’s midday show, “Bridge Street with Rick &
Julie,” is a seasoned reporter, anchor and journalist. Abbott moved to the mid-day show at WSYR from
the anchor position of NewsChannel 9’s “Eleven at 11.” She joined Rick Gary as a guest host on Y94FM
Radio, and frequently filled in with him on NewsChannel 9’s “Daybreak.” Abbott serves on the Arts Council’s advisory board. She also lives in Skaneateles, with her husband, Steve, and their three children.
Benjamin Taylor is returning for an encore performance after his sell-out show at the gala in 2006. He has recorded five albums including his latest release, “The Legend of Kung Folk.” He has performed with Sheryl Crow, Boz Skaggs, James Taylor, Sonya Kitchell, Josh Groban and Carly Simon, as well as at “Christmas at Rockefeller Center,” “Oprah,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “The CBS Morning Show,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “Howard Stern.” He also performed on Fox’s “Choice Awards” and Bravo’s “Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards,” among other specials. He made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s “American Dream.” Benjamin and Sally are the offspring of Grammy-winning musical icons Carly Simon and James Taylor.
Sally Taylor, born Sarah Maria Taylor, is a singer/songwriter whose mellow work is noted for witty vocals and strong writing. She has recorded three albums: “Tomboy Bride,” “Apt. #6S” and “Shotgun.” She is married to Dean Bragonier, and has a son, Bodhi Taylor Bragonier.
David Saw is a British singer/songwriter whose second album and U.S. debut, “Broken Down Figure,” was released in March 2008 on Benjamin Taylor’s Iris Records. The CD features beautifully arranged melodies, captivating vocals, exceptional musicianship and honest lyrics, and has heightened Saw’s status in the singer/songwriter community. Two of Saw’s songs were recorded by Carly Simon and are featured on her critically acclaimed 2007 album, “Into White.” Saw also released “A Different Story” and has performed with Carly Simon, Benjamin Taylor, and at Glastonbury, UK – the largest annual greenfield music and arts festival in the world.
Sponsors: The gala concert and dinner is sponsored by the following: Anyela’s Winery; Auburn Party Rental; Gina Castro; Rick and Ann Capozza/Hiscock and Barclay; Bill & Donna Davis; Clear Channel Radio; Clickdriven Marketing Group; CNY Fertility Center/CNY Healing Arts/Robert Kiltz M.D.; Michael J. Connor; Cowley Associates; Steve Datz & Rachel Harms; Barbara & Jed Delmonico; Dermody Burke and Brown; Eagle Newspapers; Fleur de Lis Florist; Michael P. Falcone Family; Gilberti, Stinziano, Heintz & Smith PC; Group M Communications; Michele Gardner Design; Darlene Kerr Family; Jim & Kimball Kraus; McGlynn Interiors; Mirbeau Inn and Spa; Sally & Bob Neumann; Susie Birchenough & Raz Rahman/Phillip Morris; Linda Roche Division Realty USA; Rosalie’s Cucina; Jack & Stephanie Rudnick/Everson Museum of Art; Erin Sammut-The Go-to Girl; Julie & Joe Scuderi; Philippe & Jeremy Schwimmer; Sherwood Inn; Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce; Skaneateles Journal; Skaneateles Press; Joe & Thérèse Strodel; Syracuse.com; The Citizen; The Jacob’s Press; The Peddler Foundation; Daphné Verley; Carol Watson/Watson Greenhouse, Erin & J.B. Werner; WCNY Television; WSYR Radio; WRVO Radio; and Jeff & Kate Youle.
Tickets: Gala ticket prices are $250 for VIP seating, $150 for patron seating and $100 for regular seating. Tickets may be purchased one of three ways: online at www.skaneateles.com; by phoning the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 685-0552; or by sending a check payable to Skaneateles Arts Council, P.O. Box 422, Skaneateles, NY 13152. Advance purchase is required for all seating.
About the gala host – Stella Maris Retreat Center
The mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat Center was built in 1879 and originally owned by Frederick Roosevelt. In 1945 it was acquired by Bernice Smith of the Smith Corona Typewriter Co. Family. The Sisters of St. Francis purchased the property in 1952 and it was dedicated by the Bishop of Central New York as a retreat center in 1954.
“Stella Maris” is Latin for “Star of the Sea” – an appropriate name for a spiritual center located on beautiful Skaneateles Lake. Stella Maris is committed to the mission of leading all to a deeper knowledge and love of God and to fostering the values of hospitality, peace, unconditional love, and acceptance in their ministry.
About the Skaneateles Area Arts Council
The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The Arts Council presents cultural programming and issues community support grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area. The winners of the 2008 Skaneateles Area Arts Council Grants are: John D. Barrow Gallery; Jordan-Elbridge High School; Marcellus School District; Masterworks Chorale; Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center; Skaneateles Artisans; and the Skaneateles Festival. The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. To contact the Arts Council, call 685-2414.