Stars with local ties to be honored at Proctors

Decker said everyone recognizes Woolley's face, but not necessarily his name. Woolley had an extensive film career that spanned nearly two decades, from 1936 to 1955.

Francis Frederick Proctor, owner and builder of Proctor's Theatre and Ernst F.W. Alexanderson, a General Electric Co. engineer, who transmitted the first public demonstration of television in January 1928 on the stage at Proctors, will also be celebrated at the event.

"We wouldn't have this wonderful facility without his vision," Decker said of Proctor.

The Hall of Fame will also induct the television station WRGB, and the radio station WGY for being the oldest continuously running stations in the United States. Both stations were owned and operated by General Electric.

The Hall of Fame committee, which selects inductees, consists of Paul Harding, of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti; Walter Supley, of Creative Advantage; Dan DiNicola, of WRGB; Jack Sheehan, of The Costumer; John Scherer, from the New York State Museum and chairman of the Historical Committee at Proctors; and Philip Morris, Proctor's Theatre CEO.

In order to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, an individual or corporation must have "significantly affected the arts, the culture and the entertainment industry; and were either born in the area or, at one time, resided in New York's Capital Region."

The Capital Region includes the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselear, Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.

"It's really a fun night," Decker said. "You get to really explore Proctors and our new Hall of Fame."

Last year, for the first time, the gala was held at Proctors to show off the new expansion. The gala's dinner was previously held at other locations before guests were invited to Proctors for a Broadway show to celebrate the opening of the season, however, this year guests will enjoy a tour of the facility including the GE Theatre, where a catered dinner by Glen Sanders Mansion will be served.

For information about the gala or to purchase tickets, contact Judy Decker at 382-3884, ext. 134.


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