Countywide : Theater Company Holding Gala Dinner

STOP-GAP, a Santa Ana-based theater company that promotes change through its plays, will hold its 15th anniversary gala dinner Oct. 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach.

The nonprofit group's actors--both professionals and teen-agers who are recovering from drug abuse and other problems--last year put on educational programs in the form of short plays and workshops for about 24,000 students and adults throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The money raised from this year's fund-raising dinner will go into STOP-GAP's programs, which focus on addressing drug abuse, child abuse, life-threatening diseases and other social issues.

Last year's event raised $25,000.

STOP-GAP presents its improvisational plays at schools and corporations.

"They are so moving and inspiring, they really do grab and capture your heart," said Alan Peterson, STOP-GAP's special events coordinator. "They do change lives."

Tickets for the dinner, which will include a STOP-GAP performance, are being sold for $150 each.

For more information, call (714) 721-8686.

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