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Save the Date April 13, 2016
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Black Tie International:
New York City Mission Society
Champions for Children 2016 Gala

 

Colbert Narcisse, Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Hollis Russell==NYC Mission Society Champions for Children Gala==Mandarin Oriental, NYC==April 01, 2015==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Owen Hoffmann/patrickmcmullan.com

Colbert Narcisse, Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Hollis Russell,
NYC Mission Society Champions for Children Gala, Mandarin Oriental, NYC
April 01, 2015.
©Patrick McMullan/Photo - Owen Hoffmann/patrickmcmullan.com

 

NYC MISSION SOCIETY TO HONOR GRAMMY-WINNING AFRO LATIN JAZZ FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ARTURO O’FARRILL AT ANNUAL "CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN" BENEFIT ON APRIL 13, 2016

– Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Serves as 2016 Gala Chair for Second Year

 

New York, N.Y. – The New York City Mission Society will honor Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) Founder and Artistic Director and multiple Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill at its annual Champions for Children Gala on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Led by Jean Shafiroff, this year’s Gala committee includes: Colbert Narcisse and Katrina and Don Peebles as Honorary Chairs; and Peggy and John Bader, Missy Kilroy and John Moorhead, Leah and Stan Rumbough, and, Yemi and Patrick Vatel (Committee Members); and,Brooke Laing (Auction Chair).

The benefit will support the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.

The Gala will be held at the Mandarin Oriental at 80 Columbus Circle, with cocktails at 6:30 PM. WABC-TV Anchor Bill Ritter will serve as emcee, and the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats will perform.

Purchase tickets at: https://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8781.

Arturo O’Farrill – who this February won another Grammy – will receive the two-century-old nonprofit’s Visionary Partner Award. Last year, ALJA partnered with the Mission Society to launch G.R.I.O.T. (Global Rhythms in Our Tribe), an educational program that provides free musical instruction to youth in Harlem and surrounding areas.

With a focus in academic enrichment, G.R.I.O.T. is rooted in a multi-cultural focus on global rhythms of the African Diaspora, providing approximately 60 middle and high school students with an understanding 
of foundational musical concepts, proficiency and skill on an instrument, reinforcement of critical science, technology, engineering and math skills, as well as opportunities for solo and ensemble performances.

"I am honored to again serve as Gala Chair to support the New York City Mission Society,” said Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff.  “This event will raise funds to support programs that are changing the lives of children, young adults and families.”

"Music education has been a significant part of the New York City Mission Society's history, and thanks to Arturo O’Farrill and ALJA we are able to provide our youth with new skills that they can take with them for the rest of their lives,” said Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the New York City Mission Society. “This program weds closely to our mission to help break down barriers and lift children and families from poverty by creating new opportunities.”

A pianist and composer, O’Farrill founded ALJA in 2007, endeavoring to develop new audiences for big band Latin jazz and create a robust educational program for young performers. ALJA is dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure.

With the support of a group of prominent leaders from the worlds of jazz and Latin culture, O’Farrill launched ALJA to serve as a non-profit organization that could advance both the performance and educational aspects of this uniquely Pan-American art form. ALJA’s programs serve schoolchildren throughout New York City, and since inception ALJA has presented more than 45 concerts showcasing the full range of Afro Latin jazz from all over the world.

O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His debut album with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a first Grammy Award nomination in 2006. His next album Song for Chico, earned a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009.  The 2015 release of The Offense of the Drum was yet another Grammy Award winner.  Arturo was, in addition, the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award, and a Cubadisco Award for The Offense of the Drum in 2015. His newest album release, Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motéma), is nominated for two Grammys this year: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition.

About New York City Mission Society

The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 18,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.

 

 

Gerard Mc Keon and Joyce Brooks.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

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