An evening with American puppeteer Caroll Spinney

An evening with American puppeteer Caroll Spinney

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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WXXI is proud to bring Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for more than four decades, to the Country Club of Rochester for its annual Associates Event.

Join WXXI and American puppeteer Caroll Spinney for a special dinner on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Country Club of Rochester (2935 East Avenue). Caroll will share stories about what it has been like playing Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. During the evening WXXI will honor WXXI founding members Justin Vigdor with the 2016 Associate of the Year award and Nancy Brush with the 2016 President's Award. 

Cocktails start at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 each, or $250 for two. Tables of 10 are priced at $1,200. You can order your tickets by calling Jackie McGriff at (585) 258-0338.

More about the awards:
WXXI's Associate of the Year award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in support of WXXI’s mission of public service. Justin Vigdor joins a long list of winners including WXXI Honorary Trustees Catherine Carlson, Betty Strasenburgh, and Richard F. Brush, as well as Larry and Jane Glazer, Suzanne Gouvernet, Harry P. Truehart III, Dr. Nancy Perkins Weyl, Ted Shepard, Dick Eisenhart, B. Thomas Golisano, George M. Ewing, Sr., Robert C. Stevens, Dolores F. Parlato, Ed Saphar, and Drs. Jacques Lipson and Dawn Lipson.

The WXXI President’s Award is given to a community partner that exemplifies the spirit of collaboration toward the WXXI mission, makes a contribution to WXXI programming, and demonstrates exceptional commitment, creativity, and leadership. Nancy Brush joins past award recipients Dr. Roger Oskvig, medical advisor for Second Opinion, and Dee Molinari, a long-time support and volunteer of the station. 

More about Caroll Spinney:
Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Big Bird has captivated children around the world for more than 30 years. A puppeteer since he was eight years old, Caroll Spinney has been the man inside the bird from the beginning. Also playing Oscar the Grouch, his characters have been seen on more than 3,900 shows in 148 countries.

Spinney is the author of "The Wisdom of Big Bird (And the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers", an inspirational memoir in which he shares the wisdom that he has gleaned over the years from his work creating and portraying one of the world’s most beloved characters. Spinney vividly recalls a life enriched by pursuing and attaining his childhood dream.

Since achieving worldwide renown on Sesame Street, Spinney has made guest appearances on many other television shows, always as Big Bird and Oscar. He has performed in specials with Julie Andrews and Bob Hope, starred in his own 90-minute special, Big Bird in China, in 1982 and made appearances in the second and third Night of 100 Stars, Broadway’s televised tribute and fundraiser for fellow thespians. Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Birdmarked Spinney’s motion picture debut in a starring role. Spinney has earned four Emmy Awards, two Gold Records, and two Grammy Awards.