Queens Theatre to hold 25th Anniversary Gala, honor Bareburger co-founder, CEO

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo by Dominick Totino
Photo by Dominick Totino

The Queens Theatre will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala on June 2.

The Queens Theatre will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala on Monday, June 2. Join community leaders, cultural icons and many other Queens taste-makers to celebrate the theater’s contribution to the arts in the borough for a quarter century.

The event will honor Euripides Pelekanos, co-founder and CEO of Bareburger.

Pelekanos has lived and worked in Astoria his entire life. In 2009, he opened Bareburger, his organic burger restaurant, on 31st Avenue in Astoria. By the end of 2014, Pelekanos plans to have 35 Bareburger locations in two countries. Bareburger has always been supportive of local arts and education and Pelekanos is proud to be able to make donations through his success. He gives time to teach the youth and the rest of the community what he has been fortunate enough to learn during his business ownership.

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“It’s about spreading positivity, happiness and knowledge wherever you can. Regardless of where Bareburger grows, I’m still just a little kid from Astoria,” he said.

In addition to celebrating another year of great performances on their stages, the gala will provide essential support for Queens Theatre’s productions, educational programming, new play development and special events.

The gala will include dinner and live performances from Broadway actors Douglas Lyons of the “Book of Mormon” and “Beautiful,” and Amber Iman from “Soul Doctor”, who will be singing original works from the new musical theatre team Lyons & Pakchar. Others who will perform are aerialists Bobby Hedglin-Taylor and Kimmy Aguilar, and guitar  prodigy/singer Solomon (“King Solomon”) Hicks with vocalist Elissa Goldstein.

Tickets to the gala, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, are $250.00 and are available on the theater’s website.