For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
dgilleran@georgian.edu

Tea Series Welcomes Special Guest for Georgian Court’s Centennial

Mrs. Gould Welcomes Will Rogers to Her Estate for Tea and Entertainment

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 28, 2008—In honor of Georgian Court University’s Centennial celebration, “Mrs. Gould” has set an extra place at the table for a very special guest on select dates in September and October. “Mrs. Edith Kingdon Gould,” the wife of former Georgian Court owner George Jay Gould, stars in this unique interactive theatrical performance. This fall, she welcomes the legendary “Will Rogers.”

In a humorous commentary, Rogers talks of his travels around the world, politics from his day, shows he’s starred in, and books he wrote. He entertains “Mrs. Gould” and her guests with his experiences and wisdom.

“Will Rogers is such a delight to have for tea. He is laidback and funny, keeping guests entertained, educated, and full of his wisdom,” says Alexis Jankowski, special events coordinator.

“Mrs. Gould Welcomes Will Rogers” will be held at the Mansion on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus. Performances are scheduled for September 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 25, 27 and October 1, 2, 8, 9, and 11 (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) at 11:30 a.m. Shows are also scheduled on September 7, 14, 21 and October 12 (Sundays) at 3:00 p.m. Doors open 20 minutes prior to the show; guests are asked to plan their arrival accordingly.

The cost is $40 per person and includes performance and tea luncheon. Prepurchase of tickets is required for all performances by calling 732.987.2263 or e-mailing specialevents@georgian.edu. There are no refunds within 14 days of the performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263. Discount pricing is available for groups of 20 or more.

About Will Rogers
Born in 1879 in the Cherokee Nation near what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Will Rogers learned to use a lasso as a tool to work Texas Longhorn cattle on the family ranch. His roping skills later earned him a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at once.

His laidback, humor-filled style allowed him to provide a running commentary of the politics of his day. Rogers traveled around the world talking about peace and satirizing governments. He was also the star of Broadway and 71 movies of the 1920s and 1930s as well as a popular broadcaster. He wrote more than 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns and authored six books, and his opinions were sought by world leaders. Inside himself, Will Rogers remained a simple Oklahoma cowboy. “I never met a man I didn't like” was his credo of genuine love and respect for humanity and all people everywhere. He gave his own money to disaster victims and raised thousands for the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

While a fast horse thrilled Will Rogers, he also loved flying. It was on a flight to Alaska in 1935 with a daring one-eyed Oklahoma pilot named Wiley Post that their plane crashed and both men lost their lives. In mourning, the world reflected on Will Rogers' words: “Live your life so that whenever you lose, you're ahead.”

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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