Legacy Honorees (L to R) Lawrence Leritz, Lori Tan Chinn, Virgina Seidel, Larry Ross and Sharon Wendrow


The Legacy Table (L to R Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow, Lori Tan Chinn, Virginia Seidel and Lawrence Leritz


Quite a night for our honorees - and DO40 - at LIPS Restaurant last night A packed house of friends and family honoring Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz, Larry Ross, Virginia Seidel and Sharon Wendrow. Speakers included Mary Alice, Jerry Mitchell, Host Jim Brochu, Joan Cohen and Mimi Turque. This was our tenth annual Legacy Awards, happening during our 25th Anniversary season! Quite humbling numbers for our small non-profit! Many wonderful DO40 members and supporters in the audience, including Producer Ed Gaynes, Mercedes Ellington, Baayork Lee, Lada Edmund, Karin Baker and husband Greg, Lora Martens, Kristine Nevins, Joy Serio Dunbar, Darlene Larson, Joanne and Patti Mariano, James Dybas, Teddy Kern, Robert Alexander, Carol Eiger, Sandy Nance and more!

Before the start of the ceremonies at LIPS Restaurant

Wonderful support during the evening from DO40 board members Eileen Casey, Sasha Spielvogel, Katharine Buffaloe-Harris (a saint at the door!) and Richard Korthaze, along with volunteers Ava Paul and Jeremy Hernandez. And of course a huge shout out to our fabulous host, Jim Brochu, who knew our audience well, and had them in stitches, and Marti Gould Cummings, who supplied the talent for the evening. As always, photographer Jeff Eason and videographer Manny Santiago were on hand to document the evening (which we always donate to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts).

Speaker for Larry Ross, Ms. Mimi Turque at the podium at LIPS Restaurant

A lot of "new people" in attendance, some of whom had never heard of DO40 (go figure!). Well now they do! And many were eager to join DO40 as card-carrying, dues-paying members!

Lori Tan Chinn accepting her Legacy Award, with DO40 president John Sefakis

Best Joke of the Night from Host Jim Brochu: At Heaven's Gate, Saint Peter asks a new arrival "How much money do you make a year?" The man answers '100,000.00.' "Ah," Saint Peter says, "a doctor!" The next person comes forward and St. Pete asks the same question, "How much do you make a year?" and the person answers '250,000.00.' "Ah! A Lawyer!" The next person arrives and is asked the same question to which the reply is "25,000.00." St. Peter asks "Have I seen you in anything?" Our History, Our Legacy, Our Lives!!

DO40 president John Sefakis with DO40 Advisory Board member director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who spoke for Legacy Honoree Lawrence Leritz

HUNDREDS of pictures will be posted in a Photo Gallery on our website,, and, for those who are members, a video of the event on our member only page of the website.  It pays to be a card-carrying, dues paying member of DO40!

DO40 Board Member Larry Ross accepting his Legacy Award

Virginia Seidel accepts her Legacy Award

Sharon Wendrow accepts her Legacy Award

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Photo By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc