McPhee magic at Zoellner
"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.
Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.
Also on the show are Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. The series soundtrack, "Music from 'Smash," released this year, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.
McPhee gained fame as runner-up in the fifth season of "American Idol" in 2006.
In addition to her starring role on "Smash," McPhee has co-starred on TV in episodes of "CSI: NY," "Community" and "Family Guy" She was featured on two PBS specials, "Foster and Friends" and "Chris Botti in Boston," along with Sting, Andrea Bocelli and John Mayer.
She has had feature movie roles in "The House Bunny" (2008), "Shark Night 3D" (2011) and "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" (2012).
In 2010, McPhee toured the United States to promote her album, "Unbroken," which included the hit single, "Had It All." McPhee also released her first Christmas album in 2010, "Christmas Is The Time to Say I Love You," covering Yuletide classics and singing the original song, "It's Not Christmas Without You."
McPhee's self-titled debut album, released in 2007, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, with her first single, "Over the Rainbow-My Destiny," debuting at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Singles chart. The album went gold in 2008.
Funds raised at "Gala2012" support the arts at Lehigh University by bridging the gap between ticket revenues and the costs of presenting artists, community outreach and educational programs.
Gala Committee members are Oldrich Foucek III, chair; and Terri Bartho-lomew, Jasmin Bourdier-Caceres, Valerie Johnson, Kirk Kozero, Lisa Macsisak, Brenda McGlade, Colleen Mooney-McGee, Alex Tamerler and Ilene Wood.
Tickets for the concert are available that include a post-performance dessert reception: zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787.
There are also premium tickets, which include a 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 cocktail reception, dinner, preferred concert seating and post-performance dessert reception. Contact Linda Schmoyer, email@example.com, 610-758-5071.
Rock the Night on Wheels: The Difference" headlines the 8th annual "Rock the Night," 7 - 10 p.m. Oct. 19, America on Wheels Museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown, in a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light The Night Walk."
There will be appetizers, desserts and a cash bar. There also is a silent auction.
Ticket information: RockTheNight.org
Appetizer Bowl winners: Bethlehem Brew Works, Sangria and Aramark at the ArtsQuest Center took top honors at the first Appetizer Bowl.
The Aug. 26 appetizer sampling event at ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, raised nearly $7,000 for ArtsQuest's Arts Education Fund.
Receiving the People's Choice Award, determined by the vote of the 300-plus at the sold-out event, was Bethlehem Brew Works' "Steel Workers Stout Pork Plantain," which also received first runner-up in the Judge's Choice category.
Sangria received the Judge's Choice Award for its "Pork Belly Tostada." Aramark was second runner-up for its "Crispy Beer & Cheese Bites."
Via Marathon lauded: More than 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for Via, Sept. 8, 9, through Lower Macungie Township, Salisbury Township, Allentown, Bethlehem, Freemansburg, Bethlehem Township, Palmer Township, Wilson and Easton.
More than 500 volunteers were on the course on race day, from staffing water stations, directing runners along the course and providing medical support.
Good Cause is a column about fundraisers and galas for Lehigh Valley nonprofit organizations. Email press releases and event coverage requests to Paul Willistein, Focus Editor: pwillistein@tnonline. com.