Palace Theatre Announces Free Community Block Party



ALBANY, NY, August 6, 2018 — The Palace Performing Arts Center in cooperation with M&T Bank, MVP Health Care, Hot 99.1FM and our local neighborhood associations is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Palace Theatre Community Block Party. On Saturday, August 18 from Noon to 4PM the area around the Palace Theatre will be filled with music, family friendly activities, vendors, food trucks & more!

This event is free and open to the public. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun.

There will be great live music by The Ill Funk Ensemble, face painters, balloon artists, games and much more. Children who attend the block party will receive a book-bag and school supplies provided by the United Way of Northeastern NY. (While supplies last)

“We are delighted to be presenting our summer block party in the neighborhood that we love. At the Palace, we are extremely proud to be a vibrant part our local community and welcome all our friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing everyone on August 18th for an afternoon of family friendly fun in the city. Great food, terrific music and fun activities for the kids!” – Susan Rosko Fogarty, Palace Performing Arts Center, Executive Director

“At the Palace, we pride ourselves on being a cornerstone of the downtown community. We are so very happy to present our summertime Community Block Party on August 18th and invite everyone to join us for an afternoon of family fun.” – Alan Goldberg, Palace Performing Arts Center, Chairman of the Board

“Albany is a vibrant, creative community—thanks in large part to our wonderful arts culture,” said Beth Beshaw, Market President for M&T Bank. “ At M&T, we are dedicated to fostering the arts in all of the communities in which we operate and we are proud to play a role in bringing the first annual Palace Theatre Community Block Party to life for all our neighbors to enjoy.”

“There’s nothing quite like a block party to get people out, and also bring them together. MVP Health Care is proud to be a sponsor of this fun new event, to show our support for the Palace Theatre and also the local community.” – Ted Herman, MVP Health Care, Senior Leader, Marketing & Communications

About The Palace Theatre:

The Palace has been Albany’s iconic downtown landmark for the past eight decades, bringing the biggest names in entertainment to the Capital Region. The history and programming of the Palace is a unique and often untold story with roots dating back to the period of the Great Depression. The Palace Theatre, built in 1931, originally presented vaudeville acts, feature films and became a civic auditorium before closing its doors in 1969. The theatre maintains its original beauty and design and is a historical landmark in the City of Albany. The Palace Performing Arts Center was established in 1984 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1989, created to operate the Palace Theatre. The mission of the Palace is to bring world-class arts and entertainment to New York’s Capital Region, greatly enhancing the area’s cultural and economic development. Our mission is carried out through core programming and community initiatives that include performing arts entertainment, free arts education, family-friendly performances, free summer movies and a classic movie program series. The Palace has a significant economic footprint with over $3.5 million in ticket sales and 180,000 patrons.

About M&T BANK:

M&T Bank Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Trust-related services are provided by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC.

About MVP Health Care:

MVP Health Care is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health insurer caring for more than 700,000 members in New York and Vermont. Committed to the complete well-being of our members and the communities we serve, MVP makes health insurance more convenient, more supportive, and more personal. For more information, visit, or on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @MVPHealthCare.