Thousands of dollars were raised at the annual North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) March 17 benefit Perform-A-Thon held at The Kitchen in the Boston cap public Market.
The concert featured a three-hour show with performances by NEMPAC students and faculty that demonstrated the positive lifelong impact music can have on people.
In addition to soloist performances, the lineup included NEMPAC classes and programs, such as the Eliot Ensemble Program, Kids Music Theatre, and Perform-a-thon debuts by Creative Dance & Movement, Young Dancers, NEMPAC Group Ensemble, and Eliot Band Program. Student soloist performance debuts also included Julia Morellato (Clarinet), Kamilla Sandy-Roche (Piano), Amelia Wolfson (Piano/Voice), and Josephine LoRusso (Drums).
Participants collected pledges for their performances at the event, banding together to support the NEMPAC Scholarship Fund. As of September 2017, NEMPAC has grown to award $7,500 per year through their NEMPAC Scholarship Fund, and four full Scholarships of $4,800 through the Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Fund. These children’s need-based music scholarships provide an opportunity for over 20 children to participate in private lessons and after-school music classes, or to experience week-long intensive music camps during the summer.
NEMPAC awarded the following students prizes for collecting the most pledges:
- 1st Prize: Alba-Lis and Vera-Lyn Routhier-Gomez
- 2nd Prize: Preston Horan
- 3rd Prize: Emma and Kate Henderson
This year, all pledges up to $5,000 were matched by generous sponsors, Andrea and Arthur Waldstein, North End Athletic Association, The Previte Family, and Anonymous sponsors.
NEMPAC reached their goal of raising $12,500, which is a 10% increase from last year’s collection.
The success of this event was made possible by the commitment, leadership and collaboration of those involved. Students, faculty, families, friends, and donors supported this annual pledge campaign.
This fun music event presented kids activities, snacks, and exciting raffles with double-the-amount items from last year, donated by many supporters.
NEMPAC raffle donors:
Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, Boston Philharmonic, Bova’s Bakery, Bricco Ristorante, Btone Fitness, ComedySportz Boston, Curio Coffee, Emerson Em-Stage, Equal Exchange Café, Exhale Spa, Frances Ray Jules Salon, Huntington Theatre Company, ICA, J.P. Licks, Kings Dining & Entertainment, Loft & Vine, Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe, Manda & Me Events, Maria’s Pastry, MetroWest Opera, Mike’s Pastry, Mother Juice, MyStryde, NEMPAC, Oat Shop, Paint Bar, Polcari’s, Polkadog Bakery, Red Apple Farm, Red Sox, Pizzeria Regina, Ride Cycle Studio, SoundShapes Spa, SoulCycle, Starbucks, TD Garden, Union Square Donuts, and Whole Foods Market.
In addition, Manda & Me Events decorated the event pace and providing delicious food during the performances, and Boston Public Market Trustees for allowing NEMPAC to host this year’s Perform-a-thon in their facilities.