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    Posted June 12, 2009

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Gypsy Robes Dedicated: One to Patrick Quinn, Another to Adrian Bailey

Guests at the unveiling of the Gypsy Robe dedicated to Patrick Quinn are: (l to r) Barry Goralnick, Keith Gordon, AEA member Craig Zehms, Councillor Judy Rice, Councillor Jeff Williams, member Marty Casella, staff Tom Miller, staff Anne Fortuno, former 2nd VP Jean-Paul Richard, staff Louise Foisy, Executive Director John Connolly, staff David Westphal, Robe recipient Brian O'Brien and staff Rich Berg.

The Gypsy Robe for the 2006-2007 season which had been dedicated in memory of former Equity President Patrick Quinn, was unveiled in a new display case in the second floor Audition Center on May 11, 2009. In his welcoming remarks, Jean-Paul Richard, Second Vice President and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), which oversees the Gypsy Robe, noted that Patrick had "the gypsy in his soul." Patrick joined Equity in 1970 under a Chorus contract, when he appeared in a tour of MAN OF LA MANCHA starring Howard Keel, made his Broadway debut in the chorus of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and was first elected to Council in 1977 representing Chorus. Friends, Councillors, and Equity staff joined in a champagne toast to celebrate the occasion.

Adrian Bailey accepts the Gypsy Spirit Award from Jean-Paul Richard.

The following day, May 12, the 2007-2008 Robe which had been dedicated to Adrian Bailey, a five time Gypsy Robe recipient (YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD, PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK, JELLY'S LAST JAM, LEGS DIAMOND, THE LITTLE MERMAID) and is housed in a case outside of the Council Room, was unveiled during the Eastern Regional Board meeting. Jean-Paul Richard presented Mr. Bailey with the first Gypsy Spirit Award in recognition of his exemplary work on Broadway. In accepting the engraved crystal award, Mr. Bailey said that he was "surprised," "honored" and "blessed to be a part of this industry and this union." He was "proud of Equity, its work and what it has done for actors." The ceremony was attended by MERMAID cast members, Councillors and staff.

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