The Lobero Theatre Associates  are a Women’s Auxiliary Group that has been working to support the Lobero Theatre since 1972, taking on projects to continue the Lobero legacy.

It was a beautiful and bittersweet evening on March 15 as the Associates hosted their annual spring fundraiser on the Lobero stage in honor of Alan Thicke, instead of at the Four Seasons Biltmore with Mr. Thicke as their honoree.

Alan Thicke had been scheduled to be this year’s emcee at the Associates’ annual “Hats Off Luncheon.” Due to his unexpected passing, the Associates chose to dedicate the relocated evening event in his honor. Mr. Thicke had expressed great fondness for the theatre, and was happy to lend his celebrity to help raise funds for needed repairs to the historic theatre’s roof, which suffered greatly in an extremely rainy winter.

A Hats Off Evening, In Honor Of Alan Thicke brought together one hundred dedicated Associates and friends under dozens of hanging umbrellas to enjoy appetizers from C’est Cheese, wine from Summerland Winery and live jazz by the David Grossman Trio. There was also a lively raffle for magnums of Veuve Cliquout champagne.

Event co-chairs Rhea Hayes and Danielle McCaffery–dressed in yellow rain slickers–thanked guests for their contributions and introduced Lobero Theatre Foundation Development Director, Brandon Mowery, who dedicated a seat in Alan Thicke’s honor. The seat was unveiled to Mr. Thicke’s emotional family members Tanya Callau, and Brennan Thicke, who said a few words of thanks on behalf of their family. The commemorative seat plaque reads, “Forever in Our Hearts.”

Thanks to the hard work of the event chairs and committee, the evening raised over $30,000.

“Being an Associate is a fun and easy way to support the Lobero. And, I love these ladies; we are great friends, and I would love to see as many women as possible come together to support the theater.”

The Associates are looking for new members. Learn more here.

The Lobero Theatre Associates’ hard work and dedication have given the Lobero a beautiful courtyard, the Steinway Grand piano that graces the stage, and they actively support Lobero youth programs, bringing thousands of students to the theatre each year.