Friends In Deed Getting Help from Stephen Sondheim

If you’re lucky enough to be at the gala benefit tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History, you’ll be in for a great treat.  Stephen Sondheim, a famous songwriter, will be created his first ever treasure hunt at the event.  The evening is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Friends In Deed, a nonprofit crisis center that is based in SoHo and that offers emotional and spiritual support for people who are diagnosed with life-threatening physical illnesses.

Several hundred guests will splint into teams during the evening and will then follow Sodheim’s clues as they run through the museum’s halls.

Once the winners have been crowned, Sondheim and Barbara Cook will sing for the guests as part of a sit-down dinner in the museum’s planetarium.  Those who have signed up already to attend include Bravo’s Andy Cohen, director-writer Nora Ephron and news anchor Diane Sawyer.

The event, called “A Little Jurassic Treasure Hunt” is being hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.  Friends In Deed was co-founded in 1991 by film director and producer Mike Nichols and actress Cynthia O’Neal.  It works with critically ill patients and their families, friends and caregivers.

Certainly, Friends in Deed hopes that the event will be a great success, both to entertain guests, and to raise money for its worth cause.