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Continuing with a series of major announcements in anticipation of the first ever Teeny Awards ceremony, The Greater Port Jefferson Northern Brookhaven Arts Council [GPJNB] heralded that renowned radio personality, librettist and author, Bonnie Grice, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2008 Teeny Award Gala, scheduled for June 15th at the Shea Theater on the campus of Suffolk County Community College.

Affectionately known as ‘The Voice of the Teeny Awards,’ Grice emphatically accepted the opportunity to serve as the MC for the first ever Teeny Awards presented by the GPJNB Arts Council.

“We are honored and thrilled to have such a special and inspirational personality like Bonnie Grice as an integral part of our Teeny Awards,” said Lori Anne Casdia, Executive Director of the GPJNB Teeny Awards. “There is no single individual in the arts or on radio more synonymous with all that is fabulous with the Teeny Awards than Bonnie Grice. Ms. Grice brings elegance and sophistication to this highly esteemed event.”

Grice is the morning drive time host of a two hour arts and culture radio show on WLIU-FM, which features interviews and reports from Long Island and Connecticut leaders in the arts and cultural leaders. During her 20-plus year career, Grice has served as an award winning on-air personality and producer throughout the New York, Los Angeles and other major markets.

In addition, Grice hosts a nationally-syndicated program, “The Song is You,” which is broadcast on 70 National Public Radio outlets. She also has experience on stage as an actor and backstage as a producer, along with being an inspiring singer.

“We are exited to have Ms. Grice a part of the Greater Port Jefferson Northern Brookhaven Teeny Awards. Having the ‘Voice of the Teenys’ as our MC is truly a wonderful distinction,” said Allan Varela, executive director of the GPJNB Arts Council.

The Teeny Awards is a scholarship recognition program where the winners will receive a scholarship from The GPJNB Arts Council, a matching scholarship from Stony Brook University and a beautiful glass Teeny Award.

The awards gala will feature five live performances from theater productions judged this past season and a stage combat scene from the Long island Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night”.
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