Guests enjoyed an evening filled with musical theater, chamber music and art to commemorate 50 years of the Kent/Blossom legacy Saturday evening in the Kent State University Ballroom.

“The money raised tonight and all the profits will go to our very special students in our Blossom programs,” said Linda Motosko. Broadway performer and Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley performed tunes for the 200 attendees from the Broadway shows where she was an original member of the cast. Distinguished clarinetist David Shifrin also performed.

American painter Philip Pearlstein greeted and chatted with guests where several of his works were displayed. Late artist and School of Art alumna Jance Lentz-Hatch donated her work “Blossoming Garden” before her death. The painting was the pinnacle item in the live auction to raise scholarship money for the 2019 season’s student scholarships.

Honorary chairs were Roe Green, Linda McDonald, and Richard and Michelle Worthing. Richard Worthing said, “We have many people coming forward to this 50th anniversary gala and to me that shows we have a very viable audience.” His daughter, also in attendance, Christine Janicki, was a part of the Blossom chamber music program for two summers and is now a professional musician.

Friends sharing a table included Keith and Cathy Robinson, Peggy and Larry Shaffer, and Dr. Nancy Mitchell.

Supporters included John R. Crawford-Spinelli, dean, College of the Arts, Marie Bukowski, Jane Dressler, Karl Erdmann, Chris Fornadel, Terri Kent, Linda Motosko, Ricardo Sepulveda, Danna Sundet, Effie Sikoutris Tsengas, Anderson Turner and Eric van Baars.

Each guest at the platinum sponsor table was presented with a commemorative hand-designed art piece to remember the evening.