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Education Through Music 20th Anniversary Children’s Benefit

On Sunday May 15th, Education Through Music held its 20th Anniversary Children's Benefit at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60. Education Through Music honored Dante Di Loreto, Executive Producer of the hit television series Glee, for his outstanding work as a national advocate for music education. Glee stars Jane Lynch, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chord Overstreet, and Darren Criss joined him that night to celebrate his efforts.

Children from P.S. 76, P.S. 169, M.S. 180, M.S. 424, St. Ann and St. Anselm showcased their musical talents by performing a tribute to Dante and the gala guests. The evening concluded with a performance from world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell.

The ETM 20th Anniversary Children's Benefit was the perfect way to celebrate ETM's work serving 13,000 children in 25 partner schools among the most under-served communities in New York City.

 Cheslea Piers, Pier 60

ETM's 20th Anniversary Children's Benefit: A Night to Remember at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60


Emmy Award winning actress, Jane Lynch, arrived to support Education Through Music and present the ETM Award to Dante Di Loreto for his outstanding work as a national advocate for music education. 

 Pictured Above: Emily Susskind (ETM Board Member), Dante Di Loreto (ETM Honoree), and Katherine Damkohler (ETM Executive Director)

Pictured  Above: Emily Susskind (ETM Board Member), Dante Di Loreto (ETM Honoree) and Katherine Damkohler (ETM Executive Director)



Actress Jane Lynch stands with a guitar ensemble from St. Anselm. Students from schools P.S. 76, P.S.169 M.S. 180, M.S. 424, St. Ann, and St. Anselm  all showcased their talents at the Benefit. 


Guests at the Benefit, Brelinda Snoddy, Cynthia Kynard, Steven Cooper, Rhonda Thomas, and Nancy P Northern (ETM Board Member), enjoy the cocktail hour.

Actors Will Malnati, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee), and Michael Trevino (Vampire Diaries) relax at the dinner and celebrate ETM's accomplishments.


Ali Gaglano (Charm and Chain Founder), Darren Criss (Glee), and Sarah Friedlander (Christie's Auctioneer) smile for the cameras. 


Physician for the New York Yankees, Louis Bisogni enjoys the festivities alongside Gala guest Gina Femina


ETM Chairman of the Board, Michael Schaefer stands with ETM Honoree, Dante Di Loreto

 Dana Walden, Chairman of Twentieth Century Fox, and Bruce Norris, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, proudly watch Dante Di Loreto accept his award.

Dante Di Loreto, Anthony Edwards, Joshua Bell, and Jane Lynch celebrate ETM's 20 years of dedicated service. 

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