After a month-long search and hundreds of entries via social media, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre announces the winner of the Fox Theatre Biggest Fan contest, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the community effort that saved the iconic theatre.
Sharon Frank, lifelong Georgia resident and frequent visitor of the theater for more than 50 years, is the grand prize winner and recipient of a prize package, including two Delta vouchers and tickets to a Fox Theatre Broadway show of her choosing.
Read Sharon’s entry below:
I am the biggest fan because the first date I ever had with my husband in 1967 was to the Fox Theater to see the movie Hotel. We double dated with his army buddy (both from MN – both stationed at Fort MacPherson). I worked with his wife at Grady Hospital, and she invited me over to their apartment for a get together with a bunch of his army buddies, and that’s how we met. Then we double dated with them the next week to the FOX. Bob Van Kamp played the Mighty Moe and we had a wonderful time. We became engaged just before he left for Viet Nam in September 1967. During his tour of duty – in Nam, we decided to get married in Hawaii while he was on R&R and his Army buddy and his wife – who were responsible for us meeting – met us there and were our best man and matron of honor. These two sweet folks have now passed away – but their memory stays with us when we celebrate our anniversary -which was 46 years in June.
Since our first date – every time someone asks how we got together – he tells them that he took me to “a hotel” on our first date! Then we of course explain. We have had memberships with TOTS for years, and Broadway, and have attended too many performances to count over the 46 years we have been married. In fact, we were selected last year as the featured couple for the TOTS 60 years of celebration. We were honored with Opening Night tickets to the King and I September 2013.
I am an original Georgia Peach – so I have attended performances at the Fox – as a child, then with our children – especially to see the Nutcracker at Christmas, Cats, Phantom, Wicked, and my daughters and I saw the magnificent Brenner in the King and I – one of his last performances before he died.
I will always have very special fondness for the FOX – since that was the first date my husband and I had. I feel like I am a member of the FOX family.
I also have a number of performer friends who have appeared on the stage at the Fox over the years. One in particular, Glenn Rainey as Maurice in Music Man w/John Davidson; as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, and as Mr. Bundles and several other roles in Annie.