News and Events


Woody's 4th Annual Golf Outing with Soap Actors to Benefit Breast Cancer

AUGUST 17, 2009

To Benefit- The Wellness Community- The Diney Goldsmith Center (Monmouth County) and Hackensack University Medical Center- Cancer Center

For Tickets:
Woody's Roadside Tavern
Atten: Ken Wester/Owner
105 Academy Street
Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727
Tel: 732-938-6404
Fax: 732-938-5036

Knob Hill Golf Club
1 Shinnecok Drive
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726

Actors Attending as per their schedules

As The World Turns:
Mick Hazen (Parker Munson)
Michael Park (Jack Snyder)

One Life To Live:
John Paul Laviosier (Rex Balsom)
Trevor St. John (Todd Manning)
John Brotherton (Jared Banks)


TANYS Theatre Festival

The primary voice of community and educational theatre in the Empire State, TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) Theatre Festival returns to the Genesee campus for their annual theatre festival of workshops, demonstrations and performances. Featuring Michael Park (from "As the World Turns") as this year's Festival Celebrity Chair, TANYS nurtures and supports the growth of all aspects of the craft of theatre, enriching theatrical experiences for participants and audiences across the state. For more information, visit www.tanys.orgThis year's festival runs from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. For a schedule of performances and ticket information to the TANYS Theatre Festival, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office 585/343-0055 x6814 or the TANYS office at 585/315-7576.


Maura West Gives Birth to a Baby Girl!

Maura West had her baby girl on Tuesday June 16 at 5:33 PM.  According to SOD the couple named the baby Birdie West DeFreitas. She weighed in at 7 lbs 13 oz and is 20 inches long. "Mom and baby are doing great," reports a spokesperson!  Congratulations to Maura, Scott and the kids!


Maura West Nominated for Daytime Emmy Award!

Congratulations to Maura West for another nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama!  Joining Maura in the category are AMC - Debbi Morgan, B&B - Susan Flannery, OLTL - Susan Haskell, and Y&R - Jeanne Cooper who was last year's winner.  Maura previously won in this category in 2007.  This is Maura's 6th nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award.  She was nominated twice in the supporting actress category and this is her 4th nomination in the outstanding lead actress category.

The ceremony will take place on August 30 and be televised on the CW Network.  View the episode that Maura submitted HERE.  Good Luck Maura!


The Arc's 9th Annual Silent Auction

Michael Park will be at the Yahnundasis Golf Club on April 25, 2009 to host the Arc Silent Auction. This marks the 9th consecutive year Park has donated his time as the Auction host.

Park is a native of the Finger Lakes and is married to Whitesboro native, Laurie Nowak, daughter of Anne Van Strander, Director of Community Development at The Arc. Park plays the character of Jack Snyder on “As the World Turns”, a popular weekday show on the CBS network. Park appeared in Repertory Theater and on Broadway, including the original cast of “Smokey Joe’s Café”. He was also in the revival of “Applause” at New York City Center.

The Silent Auction, Reverse Raffle, Wine Pull, Purse Pull and Basket Raffle will be held from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. followed by dancing to The Band Charlie from 10:00 p.m. - Midnight. The Band Charlie is donating their time on behalf of people with disabilities. Several theme baskets will be available for raffle and the evening offers silent auction items such as toys, art, sport items, jewelry, housewares and travel. Advanced sale tickets are $30 each or are available at the door for $40. Call 315.272.1533 or email to purchase tickets or for more information. Reserved tickets are considered advanced sale. Tickets are also available for purchase on


Visit the Arc website

Maura West and Michael Park Receive Daytime Emmy Pre-nominations!

Congratulations to Maura and Michael on their pre-nominations for Daytime Emmy Awards.  The actual nominations well be announced in late April. 

No date is set yet for the Daytime Emmys.  However officials do say it will be televised but they haven't announced yet the channel that will televise it.

Congratulations and good luck to all the pre-nominees for As the World Turns:

Lead Actress:  Maura West, Elizabeth Hubbard

Lead Actor:  Michael Park, Grayson McCouch

Supporting Actress:  Kelley Menighan Hensley, Julie Pinson

Supporting Actor:  Trent Dawson, Van Hansis

Younger Actress:  Marnie Schluenberg, Meredith Hagner

Younger Actor:  Mick Hazen, Billy Magnussen


Angels for Hope

This is the inaugural Angels for Hope gala to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens, Rivervale, this event will feature an extraordinary dinner selection with eclectic flair. Mix and mingle at the bar, enjoy the evening’s entertainment and bid high at the live and silent auctions. It’s sure to be a full house, so make plans now to attend.

Benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

When:  Friday, May 29, 2009 7 p. m. - 11 p.m.

Where:  The Estate at Florentine Gardens
97 Rivervale Road
Rivervale, NJ

More information

Martha Byrne and Kelley Hensley are on the planning committee for this. Many ATWT stars will be in attendance including Michael Park, Kelley and Jon Hensley and Terri Columbino but there will be more names added soon.   Michael will be performing at the event.

View photos of the event here.  More to come!


When You Wish Upon a Star!

 When You Wish Upon A Star 2008

Michael Park (Jack), Terri Colombino (Katie), Jon Hensley (Holden), Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily) and Martha Byrne (ex-Lily) will be performing or appearing at When You Wish Upon A Star.

Date: 03/07/2009 Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Steven A. Galef Lobby Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

Contact: Anna Romano, 914-493-2470

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital will be hosting it's annual When You Wish Upon a Star event. The evening will include musical performances by Broadway and television stars as well as Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital children, an art exhibit, a wine tasting reception and silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

View photos from the event HERE.


ATWT Fan Club Luncheon 2009

Actors tentatively scheduled to attend:

Van Hansis (Luke) Jake Silbermann (Noah)
Noelle Beck (Lily) Mick Hazen (Parker)
Terri Colombino (Katie) Billy Magnussen (Casey)
Wole Parks (Dallas) Benton Greene (Derek)
Ewa da Cruz (Vienna) Julie Pinson (Janet)
Allie Gorenc (Sage) Davida Williams (Jade)
Marnie Schulenburg (Alison) Meredith Hagner (Liberty)
Marie Wilson (Meg) Ellen Dolan (Margo)
Trent Dawson (Henry) Maura West (Carly)
Ashley Marie Greiner (Faith) Jon Hensley (Holden)
Bailey Harkins (Johnny) Sarah Glendenning (Lucy)
Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda) Eileen Fulton (Lisa}
Paolo Seganti (Damian) Cady McClain (Rosanna)
Larry Lau (Brian) Austin Peck (Brad)
Don Hastings (Bob)Grayson McCouch (Dusty)
Chauntee Schuler (Bonnie)

Luncheon, Autograph and Photo Session. Meet the Cast of As The World Turns!

Saturday, April 18, 2009
12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 10:30 a.m.)

Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (Between 45th & 46th St.), New York, NY

You can purchase tickets after March 1, 2009, if seats are still available.  These tickets must be paid in full by Money Order Only!

Current Fan Club Members $125.00 Per Ticket ~ Non-Fan Club Members $135.00 Per Ticket

More information available HERE.


Maura West Expecting

According to Maura and her husband Scott DeFreitas are expecting another child.  At this point plans are to not write her pregnancy into the storyline. There is no official word yet on how Carly will exit the canvas for her maternity leave.  The baby is due in June.

Congratulations to Maura and Scott!

Soap Opera Mania: On Tour


If your day revolves around watching your favorite daytime SOAP…hold on to your remote control…SOAP OPERA Mania is traveling throughout the U.S. These unique events allow you, the fans, a chance to get to know your favorite hunk or heroine up close and in person—with special activities planned throughout the day give you time to rub elbows and see these celebrities in a way you’d never thought possible. (We are adding new locations all the time.) 

Michael Park is scheduled for 2 appearances:

New Orleans. LA - Saturday April 18, 2009

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

9:30 AM   Pre-registered guests may check in
10:00 AM  Doors open 
11:00 AM  Event Begins
4:00 PM    Event Concludes 

Baton Rouge, LA - Sunday April 19, 2009

Baton Rouge Marriott
5500 Hilton Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

10:00 AM  Pre-registered guests may check in
11:00 AM  Doors open 
12:00 AM  Event Begins
5:00 PM    Event Concludes 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW CLICK HERE - New Orleans or Baton Rouge

For any questions please email us at:

The first 300 registrations in each city will receive autographed and personalized photos of all the Soap Stars attending!

For more information on the event, visit Soap Opera Mania On Tour 

Michael Park on BuzzWorthy Radio - January 20

Online radio interview with Michael Park.  Find out what is to come with the character of Jack....and if there is a slim glimmer of hope we can see a reunion of Jack and Carly!

When: January 20 1:00 PM EST/ 10:00 AM PST 


Listen to the interview: 

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