ETM’s signature fundraiser, the annual Children’s Benefit Gala, was held on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Capitale in Manhattan. The event raised over $400,000 to support music education programs, and over 300 guests were in attendance.
The Gala was co-hosted by actress Christine Baranski from The Good Wife and Darren Criss, the star of the Tony award-winning musical Headwig and the Angry Inch.
Highlights of the Gala include the musical performances by ETM Students who captivated the guests with their energy and talent. The evening started with a performance of “Dry Your Tears, Africa” conducted by ETM’s Director of Program Peter Pauliks. It was also a special moment when the students performed a new song, commissioned by ETM from composer Jim Papoulis, “Music Makes Me.” The song is inspired by ETM’s mission to use music as a catalyst to help children succeed in school and life in general. For the final performance the students were joined by the singer, songwriter and pianist, Peter Cincotti. Their powerful performance of “Heart of the City” brought tears to the eyes of many.
The Gala honored a long-time friend and supporter, Katherine D. Elliott. Mrs. Elliott has been on ETM’s board for over fifteen years and her time and dedication has been invaluable. Mrs. Elliott was presented with a special gift by Paris, a student at PS 76, who thanked Elliott on behalf of all of the students for everything she has done to make music education a reality for the kids.