ImageFundraiser features 20+ stage acts at State Theatre

The Rotary Club of Ithaca and the Savage Club are pleased to announce their collaboration on a fall fundraising event. The third annual “Little Apple” Fall Follies (LAFF) will be held at the State Theatre of Ithaca on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm. The two-hour performance features more than 20 stage acts, ranging from local singing groups and instrumental numbers to rock and jazz bands. Tickets are $12 and are available now at the State Theatre box office (27-STATE), Ticket Center Ithaca (273-4497), Ithaca Wegmans, and online at All proceeds benefit the Rotary and Savage Club community grant programs.


“Last year’s show was well received in the community and exceeded our expectations,” said Ron Provus, Rotarian and planning committee member. “In fact, several people commented to me that it was of New York City quality and that they would have paid significantly more to attend such a high level performance. Excitement is in the air for the third annual show and we expect an even larger audience this year!”

Presented by the community for the community, the evening’s line-up has something to please every age group. This year, LAFF will feature Running to Places youth theatre, Mostly Motown, the Armstrong School of Dance, and Hilby, the skinny German Juggle Boy. Also featured are local performers and musicians, including the incomparable Ed Clute on piano. Many of the artists are members of the Rotary and/or Savage Clubs.

Emcees for the show are Brett Bossard, executive director of the Community Arts Partnership, and Joey Steinhagen, co-artistic director of Running to Places Theatre Company. 

LAFF lead sponsors to date are Cornell Fingerlakes Credit Union and Tompkins Trust Company. Supporting sponsors are 15 Steps, Cayuga Medical Center Foundation, Comfort Keepers, Concept Systems, Dolce Delight/Italian Carry Out, Haranin State Farm Insurance, Ithaca Pack ‘n Ship, KMT Books, Mansour Jewelers, Travis Hyde Properties, and United Country Real Estate.

In-kind donors are Cinemapolis, Eagle Envelope, and Wegmans. Media sponsor is Cayuga Radio Group.

Ithaca Rotary grants promote the quality of life in Tompkins County and the greater Ithaca area. Previous recipients include the Cancer Resource Center, Ithaca ReUse Center, and the Family Reading Partnership. The Savage Club assists community arts organizations, including the Community School of Music and Arts, Vitamin L chorus, and Running to Places youth theatre.

Contributions to these community grants programs are gratefully accepted at any time. Checks may be sent to: Rotary Club of Ithaca, P.O. Box 306, Ithaca 14851 OR the Savage Club, 116 Kay Street, Ithaca 14850.