Broadways' Best Serving SAY

By Brian Hester

The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY.org) held its 17th Annual Benefit Gala, honoring long-time SAY supporter and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail with the Budd Mayer Advocacy Award, and inducting SAY’s Musical Director Everett Bradly into the SAY Hall of Fame. The evening was hosted by Broadway’s Tony-Award-winning, past SAY Honoree Kelli O’Hara; the benefit gala took place last evening at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and was followed by a Chef’s Tasting Event at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY.org) is a non-profit organization that offers innovative programs that address the physical, social and emotional impacts of stuttering, including Camp SAY; Confident Voices after-school & weekend programs; Speech Therapy, and support groups.

SAY Award honorees Everett Bradley and Thomas Kail along with event host Kelli O'Hara pose with SAY participants on the Red Carpet. Photo by Brian Hester

Wayne Brady, Judith Light, Christopher Jackson and Thomas Kail are all smiles at the SAY Awards 2019 Photo by Brian Hester

Wayne Brady snaps a selfie for a volunteer with SAY Honoree Thomas Kail Photo by Brian Hester

This year’s event Gala Chairs are Fred & Maria Ragucci, & TD Ameritrade; Gala Co-Chairs are Bettina & Michael Klein, & The Moglia Family Foundation and Gala Vice-Chairs are AECOM Tishman, Guggenheim Partners, & Marcia & Bill Withers.



Christopher Jackson and SAY Honoree Thomas Kail share a laugh on the Red Carpet Photo by Brian Hester

2019 SAY Honoree Everett Bradley and Awards host Kelli O'Hara are all smiles on the Red Carpet Photo by Brian Hester

Celebrity Chef Marc Vestre poses with SAY Participants on the Red Carpet Photo by Brian Hester

2019 SAY Honoree Thomas Kail along with SAY Participants Photo by Brian Hester

2019 SAY Honorees Everett Bradley and Thomas Kail with event host Kelli O'Hara on the Red Carpet Photo by Brian Hester

SAY Managing Director Noah Cornman, Wayne Brady and 2019 SAY Honoree Thomas Kail Photo by Brian Hester

Everett Bradley, Christopher Jackson, Kelli O'Hara, Thomas Kail, and Wayne Brady Photo by Brian Hester

Christopher Jackson and Wayne Brady with SAY Participants Photo by Brian Hester

Everett Bradley, Christopher Jackson, Thomas Kail, and Wayne Brady Photo by Brian Hester

2019 SAY Honoree Everett Bradley and event host Kelli O'Hara with SAY Participants Photo by Brian Hester


Christopher Jackson, Wayne Brady and Thomas Kail at the 2019 SAY Awards Photo by Brian Hester



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