Best Buddies Benefit in NYC
The “Best Buddies New York” benefit concert is an annual fundraiser for the Best Buddies organization sponsored by Klingman and Associates. This year marks Elaine Kwon’s fourth year as headliner, founder, and creative director. As a result of her annual and tireless efforts for Best Buddies, the organization realizes a significant percentage of its annual operating budget, which enables BBNY to serve many thousands of New Yorkers yearly.
Guest Speaker Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and CEO of Best Buddies International, Prize-winning concert pianist Elaine Kwon on piano and guest artists Grammy® and Tony® Award winner David Bryan (Bon Jovi) on piano; Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin on viola/violin; with vocalist Inna Barmash, soprano Marcy Richardson and dancer Christopher Erk. Elaine Kwon is an award-winning pianist, Lecturer/ Affiliated Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, martial arts champion and Wilhelmina Fitness model.
Best Buddies New York is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and part of a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies also fosters one-to-one friendships with peer volunteers who do not have intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,400 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally. The New York chapter creates opportunities throughout the state of NY in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. (www.bestbuddiesnewyork.org)
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall
881 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
The concert is Best Buddies New Yorks annual benefit with all proceeds going to the nonprofit, an organization (founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver) dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement and opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Presented by Klingman & Associates, the concert has quickly become one of Manhattans most sought after performances.
Creative Director and award-winning concert pianist Elaine Kwon back onstage to engage the audience in a series of pairs combinations of musicians, actors, and dancers that join with each other through various moods and compositions.
Elaine describes this program as a journey that connects and develops like hiking and climbing a mountain in the same ways that Best Buddies New York creates relationships, opportunities, and accomplishments.
Among the world-class artists joining Elaine are Grammy and Tony Award pianist David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Marcy Richardson, soprano, Lev Zhurbin on viola/violin, and dancer Christopher Erk. Master of Ceremonies and Buddies (people with intellectual disabilities) will present and perform on stage.
VIP cocktails, Fantastic Fathers award ceremony, and silent auction are at 6:00 before the concert begins at 7:30. Silent auction items include a luxury handmade necklace by Italian designer Maria Vittoria Albani (MVA) and a Raymond Weil mens watch.
Concert tickets, from $50 to $250, now available online and at 212-220-8551.
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement and opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,400 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. Learn more about it at Best Buddies New York