Phantom of the Opera and Billiards Unite to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief

Posted on by Alison Fischer

This Sunday, December 16, the stars of the international hit show Phantom of the Opera, Jeremy Stolle & Elizabeth Welch, will join renowned classical pianist Philip Edward Fisher to perform songs from the musical to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Along with these world-class musicians, billiard industry leaders Dragon Promotions, OB Cues, and Championship Cloth have joined forces in this benefit effort, which is being coordinated by New York billiard and music enthusiast, Dr. Louis Pannullo. Learn more about this unique fundraising event in the press release below from Dragon Promotions…

Phantom of the Opera and Billiards Unite to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief

Long Island, New York – Dragon Promotions is very proud to announce that they are
supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by coordinating donations from the
billiard industry for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Benefit Concert on Long Island.
The concert, a brainchild of Dr. Louis Pannullo, is already set to raise $10,000 and
will feature Phantom of the Opera stars Jeremy Stolle and Elizabeth Welch, as well as world-renowned pianist, Philip Edward Fisher. Dr. Louis Pannullo will be accompanying the stars as they sing for a welcoming crowd. The event takes place at his home on Long Island on Sunday, December 16, 2012.

“I am extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many talented and generous people
in so many different circles. Philip, Jeremy and Elizabeth are good friends and world
class musicians that are donating their time to participate in what’s going to be an
extraordinary event helping many people in a time of great need,” said Dr. Louis
Pannullo, straight pool aficionado and classically trained pianist.

The longest running and most successful entertainment event in history. And still ongoing nightly!

The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful musical show of all time celebrating
over 25 straight years on Broadway. It won the Tony Award in 1988 and boasts a total
worldwide box office receipts of over $5.1 billion. Phantom is the highest-grossing
entertainment event of all time and has been seen by over 130 million people in 145
cities in 27 countries. Jeremy Stolle ( and Elizabeth Welch
(, currently playing the Phantom and Christine respectively,
have extensive musical resumes and have been in numerous other television, Broadway and operatic productions.

Broadway stars Jeremy Stolle, Elizabeth Welch, and world renown pianist Philip Fisher graciously donating their talents

For this event, Jeremy and Elizabeth have captured the limelight, but performing that evening is a world-class classical pianist Philip Edward Fisher as well. Coincidentally, Philip was introduced to Dr. Pannullo by world champion Thorsten Hohmann. Philip is no stranger to fundraisers at the home of Dr. Pannullo. In 2009, he and Dr. Pannullo raised $10,000 for children and families with cancer. Philip Fisher has a strong passion for billiards and music stating that both require fine motor skills and a need for focused, decisive practice.

Dr. Louis Pannullo's passion for billiards and music

“I’ve been practicing day and night preparing for this. It’s a lot of pressure, but I
love it. It’s comparable to getting ready to participate in the World Straight Pool
Championship. I’m a dentist, not a professional musician nor pool player but I enjoy
supporting people, I love and the causes that matter to me. These Broadway stars are
amazing to be around and to work with. They’ve taken me under their wings just like
pro pool players Mika Immonen and Thorsten Hohmann have in the past,” expressed
Dr. Pannullo.

Louis is an avid pool enthusiast, and has been a consistent patron sponsor of the World 14.1 for the past several years. He maintains a celebrity-studded dental practice on both Long Island and Manhattan with notable professional players as Jeanette Lee, Thorsten Hohmann, Allison Fisher, Tony Robles, Charlie Williams, Jasmin Ouschan, and many others.

“It’s a fantastic thing that Louis is doing. When he told me about it, I said that I’d be
there for sure. Coincidentally, Phantom of the Opera is my all-time favorite show.
I watched it in Toronto when I was eighteen years old. Since then, I’ve seen it eight times
from New York City to London. I couldn’t believe my good fortune to finally be able
to meet the Phantom!” said Williams, a world renowned billiards pro and co-owner
of billiards production giant, Dragon Promotions.

Billiard industry leaders joining in for a terrific cause Billiard industry leaders joining in for a terrific cause Billiard industry leaders joining in for a terrific cause

The whole event was fairly spur-of-the-moment, and fortunately, industry leaders,
such as OB Cues and Championship Cloth, were quick to answer the call to help.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a cool event. We know it’s not every day that a
cue company has an opportunity to be a part of a noble cause that at the same time is
a musical spectacle!” said Shane Sinnott, Sales & Marketing Manager for OB

“Championship Cloth is very happy to participate in this relief effort for Hurricane
Sandy. It’s a great idea and we are very honored to be a part of it,” said Fred Cohen,
President of Championship Brands, LLC.

The Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert will take place at the home of Dr. Louis
and Julie Pannullo. Tickets are $250 per person and are extremely limited. More
information regarding reservations can be seen at

Featuring Phantom of The Opera Stars
Jeremy Stolle – Baritone
Elizabeth Welch – Soprano
World-Renowned Classical Pianist
Philip Edward Fisher

Sunday, December 16, 2012 – 3 pm
$250 per person
Checks made payable to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
Reservations to

About Alison Fischer

NYC Grind Editor & Contributor
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