DIFFA to Honor Scenic Designer David Rockwell; Kerry Butler and Marc Shaiman to Perform

News   DIFFA to Honor Scenic Designer David Rockwell; Kerry Butler and Marc Shaiman to Perform Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Butler and Marc Shaiman will celebrate Tony Award-nominated scenic designer and architect David Rockwell, who will be honored by the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Nov. 9 in New York City.

Rockwell, who has designed Broadway's Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Normal Heart and A Free Man of Color, is being feted for his work with DIFFA. He first began working with the organization in 1994 and now serves as the board chairman of the organization.

Goldberg will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the 6:30 PM event at the IAC Building that will feature a performance by Tony nominee Butler (Hairspray, Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can), who will be accompanied by Tony-winning Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can composer/co-lyricist Shaiman.

The evening will also feature a video chronicling Rockwell's accomplishments at DIFFA. Artist and AIDS-activist Mary Fisher will present Rockwell with a special award designed by Diller Scofidio +Renfro.

"We are deeply thrilled to be able to honor and thank David Rockwell," said DIFFA executive director David Sheppard in a statement. "David has a deep personal commitment to DIFFA and has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars over the course of his tenure making a large impact in our organization and the fight against HIV/AIDS as a whole."

DIFFA is one of the country's largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Its supporters include those from the fields of architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design. For tickets, priced $500, visit DIFFA.org.

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