The event will take place at New York City's Cipriani 23rd Street Oct. 16 at 6:30 PM.
Named in honor of the late founding New Group board member and chairman (until his death in 2005), The Michael Mendelson Award "will be presented annually in grateful recognition of the exceptional contributions of individuals to the theatrical community," according to an announcement.
The benefit will feature a live auction (with prizes including a chance to attend a Marc Jacobs fashion show) as well as dinner, entertainment and dancing. A VIP cocktail reception starts the evening at 6:30 PM with the dinner and ceremony starting at 8 PM.
The company presents its inaugural Michael Mendelson Award to first recipients Derek McLane and Wendy Ettinger. The couple reside in New York City with their three children Cooper, Hudson and Kathryn.
Designer McLane has created scenery for Broadway's The Pajama Game, The Threepenny Opera, Little Women, I Am My Own Wife, Barefoot in the Park, The Women, Present Laughter, London Assurance, Holiday, Honour, Summer and Smoke and The Three Sisters as well as Off-Broadway's Abigail's Party, Hurlyburly, Aunt Dan and Lemon, What the Butler Saw, Servicemen, East is East (all for The New Group), Modern Orthodox, suburbia, The Waverly Gallery, The Creadeux Canvas, Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Hello Again and Saturday Night. He also designed the entire Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has worked at major resident theatres and operas across the country. Ettinger is a producer, director and casting director who cast the original Broadway stagings of the musicals Passion, Falsettos and The Secret Garden. Her film work includes the Academy Award-nominated documentary "The War Room" as well as "Moon Over Broadway," "Eye of God," "Baby I'm Yours" and the currently developing doc "The Grammercy Park Hotel." She is also chair of Working Films and serves on the boards of the 52nd Street Project and the Educational Foundation of America.
Tickets to The New Group benefit event at Cipriani 23rd Street (200 Fifth Avenue) are $500-$750 (tables starting at $5,000) and can be purchased by contacting Barbara Toy at (212) 244-3380 ext. 314 or Barbara@TheNewGroup.org.