The 2014 Gala, We Are Family, was a resounding success and helped raise over $60,000 for the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation’s Technology Initiative! The afternoon concert, featuring the best and brightest instrumental and choral musicians from Upper Darby Elementary and Middle Schools as well as Upper Darby High School, was electric. The near-capacity audience rose to their feet for many standing ovations throughout the concert. Highlights of the concert included Upper Darby High School junior Ikechi Onyenaka’s solo performance of Duke Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood, Superhero Strut by the Elementary Honors Band and Babethandaza, a traditional South African choral arrangement expertly performed by the Upper Darby High School Concert Choir. Serving as emcee of the Gala Concert was Upper Darby High School Choral Director as well as District Music Supervisor, Barbara Benglian. The Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation extends a heartfelt thank you to all the music educators in the school district for helping these students achieve excellence.
Once the concert was over, it was time to party! Anthony’s Ristorante in Drexel Hill was the scene for a delicious dinner, followed by dancing and several inspiring speeches in support and praise of the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation as well as the School District. Mayor Tom Micozzie spoke, as did new Upper Darby School Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap, Jr. and several members of the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation Board of Directors. All money raised from the We Are Family Gala will directly support the Foundation’s Technology Initiative. The Foundation’s plan, in conjunction with the Upper Darby School Board, is to provide essential interactive technology, like interactive projectors and mobile computer tablets, for every kindergarten and first grade classroom in the District with the ultimate goal of 100% literacy by the end of 1st grade. The 2014 Gala, We Are Family, was an incredible event and the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation would like to thank everyone who helped make their biggest fundraiser of the year such a success.
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The Foundation's goal is to have 100% of first graders reading. All elementary schools will be equipped with wireless capability and the 140 classrooms for grades kindergarten through second will have interactive projectors and whiteboards. The first appeal will solicit $265,000 in donations from the 65,000 alumni.
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