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Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton Will Be Honored At Stony Brook University’s 2011 ‘Stars Of Stony Brook’ Gala

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Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton Will Be Honored At Stony Brook University’s 2011 ‘Stars Of Stony Brook’ Gala

Event will Benefit Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital and Student Scholarship

STONY BROOK, NY, January 18, 2011 — 

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The annual “Stars of Stony Brook” Gala will honor world-renowned Academy- and Grammy-Award winning actress Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, a New York Times best-selling author and esteemed member of the Stony Brook University faculty, on Monday, April 4, 2011 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.  

“We are proud to honor the legendary Dame Julie Andrews and her daughter, Stony Brook’s own Emma Walton Hamilton,” said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation, Chairman of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees and Co-Chair with James H. Simons of the Stars of Stony Brook Gala.  

Proceeds from this year’s Gala will benefit student scholarship and the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital the only university-based children’s hospital on Long Island.  The hospital provides specialized, compassionate medical care to children and adolescents with state-of-the-art technology and world-class specialty physicians, nurses, and researchers. 

A faculty member at Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Writing and Literature Program, Ms. Walton Hamilton serves as Director of the MFA’s annual Southampton Children’s Literature Conference and Executive Director of YAWP (the Young American Writers Project), an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students on Long Island.  As the Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program, she is dedicated to publishing quality books for young readers and has co-authored 20 children’s books with her mother, six of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including The Very Fairy Princess, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series of picture books, board books and early readers and THANKS TO YOU—Wisdom from Mother and Child. In addition, Ms. Walton Hamilton is the creator and host of the Children’s Book Hub online writer’s salon.

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Ms. Andrews has graced both the screen and stage with unforgettable performances in numerous productions, including The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins (for which she won both an Academy Award and a Grammy Award), My Fair Lady, and Victor Victoria. Among her numerous career highlights, she was nominated for Broadway’s Best Actress (Musical) Tony Award three times: in 1957 for “My Fair Lady,” in 1961 for “Camelot” and in 1996 for “Victor/ Victoria;” she was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001, received the Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award in 2007, and, it was announced, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in February in recognition for her career contributions. Ms. Andrews was named a Dame by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth ll on the Millennium New Year’s Honors List on December 31, 1999. 

“We are privileged and honored to have the iconic Julie Andrews and her accomplished daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, join us for The Stars of Stony Brook Gala,” said President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “It is especially gratifying to know that their efforts will raise important funds for Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital and student scholarship.” 

The Stars of Stony Brook Gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM at Chelsea Piers, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM. To reserve tickets, inquire about sponsorship, or for more information, call 212.245.6570, ext. 15 or email

About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. In the 53 years since its founding, the University has grown tremendously, now with nearly 25,000 students and 2,200 faculty and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and ranks among the top 100 national universities in America and among the top 50 public national universities in the country according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report survey. Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities, including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton that run federal research and development laboratories. SBU is a driving force of the Long Island economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.  


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