On March 18, 2004, Broadway’s “Lion King” became the first Night at the Theatre. The event began inside a tent at Civic Center Plaza, where Harris and Ronnie hosted a pre-theatre reception. Sponsors, guests and families were treated to face painters, centipedes, spiders, talking parrots, wonderful food and a special appearance by Simba!
Over 400 guests joined in the inaugural event, which raised $275,000 for Champion Charities, All Stars Helping Kids, National Brain Tumor Foundation and Accelerate a Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2).
Event Chairs were Ann and John Doerr, Shawn and Doug Mackenzie and Emily and David Pottruck. Top sponsors included George Roberts, Gayla and Kevin Compton, Carl Pascarella and Ann and John Doerr.