September 19, 2014

Sunny, who plays Sandy in Broadway Utica’s presentation of ANNIE was discovered by guardian and trainer William Berloni at BARC Municipal Animal Shelter in Houston. Berloni found Sunny’s soulful eyes reminiscent of the Sandy from the original Broadway production. Sunny also portrayed Sandy on Broadway.

In honor of Sunny’s rise to fame, Berloni, the ANNIE cast, and Broadway Utica ask that community members and patrons of the upcoming performances support our local shelter here in Utica, the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.  Monetary and other donations will be collected at both evening performances of ANNIE, September 22 & 23, and can also be dropped off at Broadway Utica’s offices, located at 258 Genesee Street in Utica.

“The Stevens-Swan Humane Society performs a critical role within our community by sheltering, caring for, and finding homes for our beloved animals,” said John Fehlner, Executive Director of Broadway Utica.

For anyone interested in making a donation to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, everyday needs of the shelter include:
-Canned dog food: Pedigree Choice Cuts in gravy
-Canned cat food: Friskies, 9-Lives, etc. (Paté or filet)
-Kitten milk
-Cat litter: Fresh Step, Tidy Cat, etc.
-Litter pan deodorizer
-Dog toys & treats: Rawhides, bones, chew toys, Kongs, or Nylabones
-Cat toys & treats: Fishing wands, balls with bells, or mice
-Cat & dog collars and leashes
-Cat & dog beds
-Small paper or Styrofoam bowls
-Paper towels
-Sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths, pillow cases: New or used
-Clorox bleach
-Laundry soap: High efficiency
-Dawn Dish Soap without Bleach
-Sponges: Yellow and blue with scrubbers on one side
-Trash bags: 13 and 30 gallon
-Febreeze or Lysol sprays

ANNIE will be presented by Broadway Utica on September 22 & 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stanley.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (315) 724-7196 or visit

MEDIA NOTE: William Berloni will be available for media interviews upon request.

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