Pretty Penny, the Nyack riverfront mansion where Helen Hayes lived for many years, will be the site of a fundraiser next month to benefit the hospital named in honor of the famous Broadway actress.
The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation will host a “Holiday Pretty Penny Social” on Sunday, December 6, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pretty Penny. Money raised at the event will benefit the state-run rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.
Rockland Chef Peter X. Kelly will prepare cocktails and dessert. Tours of the home will be given and an art and antique sale will be conducted by Arader Galleries of New York City. The head of the gallery, W. Graham Arader III, is the current owner of Pretty Penny.
There will also be a silent auction and raffles.
Tickets are $110 or two for $200 and are available through the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation at 845-786-4365.
Helen Hayes MacArthur and her husband, writer Charles MacArthur, purchased the Hudson River estate in 1932 for $25,000. When a friend remarked that it cost a “pretty penny,” the couple agreed, resulting in a name that has stayed with the home ever since.
In 1944, Helen Hayes was appointed to the hospital’s board, which she served on until she died in 1993. The hospital was renamed in her honor in 1980. The Tony, Grammy and Oscar winning actress once said, “I’ve seen my name in lights on theater marquees and in letters 20 feet tall on Broadway billboards, but nothing has ever given me greater sense of pride and satisfaction than my 49 year association with this unique hospital.”