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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sally Beckwith remembered, celebrated at brunch today

Sally Beckwith in 2001 production of 'Driving Miss Daisy'
with Jordan Hunt (left) and Harry Ailster (right).

Family, friends and associates of the late Sally Beckwith will come together to celebrate her life and accomplishments at a brunch
today at Cafe Vivace that has been organized by Faith, Bricks and Mortar, the Plainfield housing resource and counseling nonprofit.

Sally always regarded her work on housing issues in the community as among her most important efforts. She was a member of the founding committee of concerned clergy and residents that eventually established Faith, Bricks and Mortar, and served as its first real -- though part-time -- employee.

Sally was well-known for her involvement with Central Jersey theater groups, where she both acted and directed productions of Act IV Theater and The Parish Players. One of her grandest roles was as Daisy Werthan, the widow who is the central character of 'Driving Miss Daisy' in which her co-star was Harry Ailster. Mr. Ailster will provide a remembrance of working in theatrical productions with Ms. Beckwith, as well as a musical selection.

Ms. Beckwith was also a noted soloist, performing frequently in a number of area churches and synagogues, most notably the First Unitarian Society and Grace Episcopal Church, both of Plainfield.

Continuing her involvement over the years, Sally saw Faith, Bricks and Mortar through its incorporation as an IRS-recognized nonprofit, its designation as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHODO) and, most recently, its outreach to homeowners in distress on account of the recent economic recession.

Family members, friends and associates from Faith, Bricks and Mortar's twenty years of work in service to the community will join with Sally's theatrical and musical associates to enjoy a time of reminiscences as well as Cafe Vivace's renowned cuisine.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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