The West Milford Players ready to help local resident Danny Gilligan

| 29 Sep 2011 | 02:44

    Proceeds from “London Suite” will benefit the Danny Gilligan Medical Fund to help defray treatment costs West Milford - The West Milford Players are preparing to put on their spring show, London Suite, which will hit the stage beginning May 1, closing out their 29th season. London Suite is about the strange and funny events that take place in an English Hotel. Four different stories are shown: Diana is in London to promote her television series and her ex-husband Sidney shows up to ask her for money for his new lover. Mark and Annie come to London for the Wimbledon tennis matches, but they lose their tickets and Mark’s back goes out. Debra is on her honeymoon with Paul, but Paul is missing and Debra lies to everyone she meets as to where Paul is. Sharon and Lauren are on a ‘shop till you drop’ trip, and Sharon meets Dennis, an older man who seems to be interested in her. And while they are busy with the rehearsals and preparations, again, the West Milford Players are thinking of the community. The players have chosen a local charity to benefit from this production. The Danny Gilligan Medical Fund was established for a local West Milford resident who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000. Now, the family is having difficulties paying the massive amounts of medical bills they are facing. The Gilligan family is well-known in West Milford. Jim Gilligan organized the blood drive that is held monthly at the West Milford First Aid Squad building, helping to save countless lives over the years. He and his wife Anna, members of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Hewitt, are volunteers there too. Jim is a leader in the West Milford Education Foundation efforts to raise funds for school projects. The Gilligans’ son, Danny has been battling a brain tumor for the past seven years. People of the community are rallying to help. They have established the Danny Gilligan Medical Fund to help the family meet the enormous expenses involved with Danny’s medical needs. Help the West Milford Players help this local family — you will get the satisfaction of helping out and get to see a great show. The players are grateful for all the donations they have been able to give to various local organizations, including this one, and it would not be possible without the help and support of the community. To read Danny’s story in his own words, log on to and click on this story. If you go Neil Simon’s London Suite May 1-2, 8 p.m. May 3, 2 p.m. May 8-9, 8 p.m. May 10, 2 p.m. Hillcrest Community Center $12 adults; $10 seniors/students Information: 973-697-4400