2012 Stars of Stony Brook Gala

To All Faculty and Staff,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, I invite you to join us for this year's Stars of Stony Brook Gala as we honor Ed Harris and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation on Wednesday, April 25 at Pier Sixty in New York City. The Gala is truly a night when Stony Brook shines and I hope you will celebrate with us.

Ed Harris is a winner of a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and is a four-time Oscar-nominated actor whose films include The Hours, Apollo 13, A History of Violence, The Way Back, Copying
Beethoven, The Right Stuff and The Truman Show. In 2000 Harris made his cinema directing debut with the critically acclaimed film Pollock, in which he also starred. His stunning portrayal of artist Jackson Pollock garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2008 he co-wrote, directed and starred with Viggo Mortensen in the film Appaloosa. Harris' career extends to both television, including the HBO film Game Change and miniseries "Empire Falls," and theater, with credits in such productions as Beth Henley's The Jacksonian, Neil LaBute's Wrecks, Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides and Sam Shepard's Fool for Love -- for which Harris won an Obie Award -- and Simpatico.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner (1908-1984), a leading abstract expressionist painter and the widow of Jackson Pollock. The Foundation's mission is to aid artists of recognizable merit worldwide who demonstrate financial need. Krasner's legacy in the
Foundation's creation is significant, helping to stabilize and strengthen the careers and personal lives of artists. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded 3,652 grants totaling more than $55.6 million to artists in 72 countries.

In addition to raising money to support scholarship programs, this year's Gala will benefit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Deeded to the Stony Brook Foundation in 1987 and designated a
National Historic Landmark in 1994, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is internationally recognized as a cultural heritage site showcasing the setting in which Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner,
two of the foremost abstract expressionist painters, created their seminal work. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has offered us a $1 million matching gift challenge through the Gala to help raise funds
for the Pollock-Krasner House endowment.

We are again offering faculty and staff tickets at a reduced price of $500 per ticket or $5,000 for a table of ten. In addition, we are pleased to offer chartered coach transportation to/from the Gala. Buses will depart from campus and return immediately afterwards. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are required.

To purchase tickets and reserve seats on the bus, please complete and return the response form (link below) or contact Rosalie Kosonen at 632-7699 or Rosalie.Kosonen@stonybrook.edu.

Thank you in advance for supporting our students through the 2012 Stars of Stony Brook Gala. I look forward to celebrating with you on April 25.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

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