Circus in the City and Peter Cottontail Easter Egg Hunt

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Guests at Peter Cottontail's Easter Egg Hunt at Doubles.

Earlier this month, New 42 and New Victory Theater celebrated the New Victory Family Benefit. This year’s event, titled “Circus in the City,” featured a thrilling performance of 360 ALLSTARS, followed by a procession led by Omnium Circus across 42nd St. to Dave & Buster’s for a private afterparty filled with festivities, gaming and creative activities. It was an unforgettable day for the 450 kids and grown-ups who attended.

New 42 President and CEO Russell Granet, New 42 Board of Directors Vice Chair Tiffany Gardner, and New Victory Family Benefit Chairs Tai Mendoza and Ji Park Kwak delivered opening remarks before the show.

President & CEO Russell Granet (L.) and Board Chairman Fiona Rudin (2nd from R.) with Ringleader Chairs (L. to R.) Tiffany Gardner, Tai Mendoza, and Ji Park Kwak.

Additional New Victory Family Benefit leadership included Vice Chairs Christina Zagarino and Tyler Horan, and Greg and Kim Lippmann; and Committee Members Sarah Arison, Rebecca and Jared Cohen, Vinnie Kumar, Aman Malik and Sonali Mathur, Whitney Rouse and Jeff Teach, Adolophine Sheeley, and Lucinda Zilkha.

The New Victory Family Benefit: “Circus in the City” supports New 42, the nonprofit that brings incredible theater for kids and families from around the world to the New Victory Theater. New 42 also facilitates arts education and engagement partnerships that aim to make extraordinary performing arts a part of everyone’s life from the earliest years onward.

Tiffany Gardner, Russell Granet, Ji Park Kwak, and Tai Mendoza welcome guests before the show.
Tai Mendoza and daughter enjoy 360 Allstars performance at New Victory Theater.
The audience enjoying 360 Allstars performance.

The New Victory Family Benefit featured an Honorary Ringleader Committee including Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody, Laura Benanti and Patrick Brown, Cicily Daniels, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Alexis Johnson, Bill Irwin and Martha Roth, Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee, and John Lithgow.

Laura Benanti, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Fiona Rudin, and Kate Peck.
Fiona Rudin, Whitney Rouse Teach, Kate Peck, Jennifer Savoie von Post, and Jennifer Bloom.
David Beach and New 42 President & CEO Russell Granet.
L. to r.: Tai and Tom Mendoza; Tiffany Gardner.
Omnium Circus in front of the New Victory Theater.
The Omnium Circus leading guests from the New Victory Theater to Dave & Buster’s on 42nd Street.
Kara Barnett, Sarah Arison, and Dana Farouki.
Beth Viner.
Isaac Hudis and Henry Tisch.
Vinnie Kumar, Parisa Sahay, and Ruchira Bhuyan.
Tyler Horan and Christina Zagarino.
Ji Park Kwak, Tiffany Gardner, Whitney Rouse Teach, and Ruchira Bhuyan.
Lucinda Zilkha and Heather Brenner.

Further uptown at Doubles, they held their annual Peter Cottontail Easter Egg Hunt where over 150 children, moms, and dads enjoyed the MC, DJ, dancers, face painters, balloon artists and CJ the Easter Bunny. After the children had their fair share (some more than) of baby hot dogs, grilled cheese squares and chocolate brownies, the baskets were distributed.

Wendy Carduner invited the 5- to 8-year-olds and then the 2- to 4-year-olds to collect the 3000 ‘hidden in plain sight’ Easter Eggs filled with candy. Those enjoying the festivities included Brooke Kennan, Megan Klopp, Catherine Boulud, Sarah McLaughlin, Ashley Koch, Barkley Hickox, Tara and Brad Sullivan, Sarah Mclaughlin, Laura Thomas, Elizabeth Darst and many, many more.

L. to r.: Dustee Jenkins and Stephanie Stamas; Emily Overlock and Sarah McLaughlin.
Katy Eshelman.
L. to r.: Elizabeth Darst; Laura Thomas and Katy Eshelman.
Lisa Collins and Amy Pompea.
Susan and Lauren Gutfreund.
Mollie Acquavella, Haley Trethaway, Caroline Fall, Heather Heck, and Alexandra Cooley.
Camilla Truss, Brooke Kennan, Ashley Koch, Meghan Klopp, and Barkley Hickox.
Brooke Kennan.
Tara and Brad Sullivan.
Amy Cestra.

Collecting the 3000 ‘hidden in plain sight’ Easter Eggs filled with candy.

Photographs by Luiza Pikora/ (Peter Cottontail); Bryan Bedder/Getty Images & Alexis Buatti-Ramos (New Victory)

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