2013-12-06 / Community

Holiday Show to Benefit PS 114 Music Program

The instruments and music equipment of PS/MS 114 in Belle Harbor became one of the victims of Sandy. To help replace these items, the I Can Still Do That Foundation is presenting a special show to raise funds for the school.

The “Bring Back the Music” event, hosted by legendary New York personality Tony Travis, aka DJ Zeppo, will include live music of almost every genre, comedy, magic, variety acts and dancing. The show will take place on Sunday, December 15th from 1 to 6 p.m. at New York City’ s Webster Hall at 135 East 11th Street.

Tickets are on sale, starting at $5 for seniors and students and $10 for others. All of the proceeds from the show will go towards rebuilding the school’s music department and funding the Glee Club. The Glee Club will open the show by singing some songs.

“When Superstorm Sandy hit the tri-state area in October 2012, millions of people were affected; countless people lost homes and businesses and an estimated 200 school buildings became un-operational in the storm’s immediate wake,” says Dianna Zwirn, Physical Education Teacher at PS 114Q who assists Music Educator Robin Levy with the Glee Club, helping to create choreography and serving as audio engineer during rehearsals and at all performances. “School children not only lost valuable time out of their classrooms but schools suffered tremendous losses in washed away or damaged equipment, books, musical instruments, art supplies and more.”

Zwirn says the school of about 800 children lost most of its music equipment and resources and they have not been fully replaced yet.

Madelaine Chocolate has also agreed to sponsor the Holiday Festival. “This local Rockaway Beach family owned and operated company, established in 1949, has been part of American family life for 60 years. Their chocolates have been made solely in New York. They are also trying to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. They have generously donated chocolates for the event, which we will sell with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Glee Club equipment. Please help support them by buying their products, both at our event and in general” Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the I Can Still Do That Foundation said.

The “Bring Back the Music” benefit is being produced by the I Can Still Do That Foundation, along with its networking group First Mondays, in partnership with the PS/MS 114Q Alumni Association and is Co-sponsored by AdSpace Ink and the Manhattan Comedy School. The benefit will be live streamed on Gander.tv. For more information, contact Jill Markowitz at jill@icanstill dothat.org.

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