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Why I give to O’Connell & Company

“On this day of Thanks and Gratitude, I thank you all for your ongoing support of O’Connell & Company over the past 25 years. My heartfelt thanks to those whose belief early on in my mission has allowed me to create an inclusive performing arts Company of entertainment, storytelling, music, dance, education, community outreach, and love.
I’m also thankful to our, actors, writers, directors, technicians, musicians, volunteers, board members, and our amazing audiences for being such good partners in producing our award-winning and captivating productions over the years.
I’m really looking forward to the next 25 years and beyond! With your support on GIVING TUESDAY 2020, we can continue to entertain, engage & enlighten at O’Connell & Company, The Community’s Theatre.
Wishing you and yours a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!
Always, Mary Kate”

Mary Kate O'Connell
Mary Kate O'Connell

“Buffalo is fortunate to have O’Connell & Company, who continually produces quality theatre whether it be a full scale musical or a one-person show. As an actress and a theatergoer, I can attest that live theatre is missed right now. Please give this Giving Tuesday and help O’Connell & Company bring the curtain back up for WNY audiences.”

Annie DeFazio
Annie DeFazio

“When we celebrate ‘Giving Tuesday’ on December 1st, join me and many others in generously donating financially to our dearest friend, Mary Kate O’Connell, and her treasured O’Connell & Company theatrical productions and performers. I have known and supported her from the start and my late mother loved to bring her girlfriends to watch the many performances Mary Kate created and often performed in. I love their new home in the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons but sadly, the pandemic just when things were going well there. She will survive this and she will have shows and performances back on stage soon but she needs our help to survive and she needs it now. Please remember her generously on December 1st. Thank you and blessings.”

Michael J. Billoni
Michael J. Billoni

“I had the pleasure to appear in O’Connell & Company’s LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE; LOVE LETTERS; and 1776. With the amazing and talented Mary Kate at the helm for 25 years, O’Connell & Company has consistently offered a rich variety of quality theatre for Western New Yorkers. It’s worth noting also that Ms. O’Connell and her troupe have generously raised funds and volunteered for several needy organizations. Many are indeed struggling during this pandemic. We know the arts can nourish our souls. If you’re able to make even a small donation to this company to help, I urge you to do so. Please visit: www.oconnellandcompany.com on Giving Tuesday, December 1st.”

Darleen Pickering Hummert
Darleen Pickering Hummert

“I love O’Connell & Company for a simple reason: their existence represents “joy.” From Mary Kate herself to the casts, crews, and staff, they exude joy that is palpable when you attend one of their shows. Suddenly, we are ALL having a good time! Please give generously on Giving Tuesday!”

Peter Palmisano
Peter Palmisano

“I Give to O’Connell & Company because Mary Kate and her intrepid company continue to find ways to inspire me — even in tough times like these — through stories of hope and aspiration, which never fail to remind me about the power of connection.
When I go to see a show at O’Connell & Company — online or in person— I know I can count on a quality production that features exceptionally talented cast members who give it their all every night. And after the show, I feel uplifted, a bit more lighthearted — and I’m always reminded that as humans, what we have in common is far greater than that which separates us.

Whether on stage sharing positive messages with their audience or as individual community members who consistently find ways to give back and pay it forward, I give to O’Connell & Company because I admire the variety of ways it is a force for good in our community.

O’Connell & Company productions are like chicken soup for the soul — just what the doctor ordered!”

Kate Masiello
Kate Masiello
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