Education Through Music Announces 2017 Benefit Gala Celebrating Partnerships with New York City Schools

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Commercial Real Estate Giant Cushman & Wakefield to Be Honored, Bob Costas to Serve as Gala Emcee; Grammy Award-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell and International Opera Superstar Renée Fleming will Perform

ETM students sing at the 2016 ETM Children's Benefit Gala

“We are delighted to honor Cushman & Wakefield and our partnership over the years,” says ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler. “

Education Through Music (ETM) will celebrate its Children’s Benefit Gala on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The Gala will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street.

This highly-anticipated annual Gala will be emceed by Bob Costas and will feature an exclusive performance by Grammy Award-winning violinist and longstanding ETM Board member Joshua Bell, international opera superstar Renée Fleming and string trio Time for Three. Actress and singer Vanessa Williams; Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum songwriter Emily Warren; Bill Evans, senior meteorologist for WABC-TV in New York City; actor Robert “Bob” Wall; Dr. Jonathan LaPook, CBS chief medical correspondent, and his wife, Kate Lear are among those scheduled to attend.

ETM is proud to honor Cushman & Wakefield for their generous support of music education in New York City schools. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate firms with a global footprint in 70 countries. John Santora, Vice Chairman, President, Tri-State Region, will accept the award on behalf of Cushman & Wakefield.

Education Through Music’s partnership with Cushman & Wakefield began in 2013 when Richard Bernstein, Executive Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, joined the ETM Board of Directors. Bernstein was later appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2016. As a talented and dedicated musician himself, Bernstein is a strong advocate for the importance of music education on students' overall development.

“Cushman & Wakefield is dedicated to supporting the communities in which we work. Our partnership with Education Through Music gives us the opportunity to connect with students and school communities in all five boroughs of New York City all the while witnessing the transformative power music has on improving children’s education and future career potential,” said Bernstein.

“We are delighted to honor Cushman & Wakefield and our partnership over the years,” says ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler. “With their support, we look forward to growing our footprint and partnering with even more schools to serve students with high-quality music education.”

For more information about the 2017 Children’s Benefit Gala, please visit Gala.ETMonline.org.

About Education Through Music

The ETM model currently serves nearly 27,000 students in inner-city schools in New York City, and our model reaches another 12,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. ETM's comprehensive, sustainable music education network has garnered the support of corporations, public policy makers and foundations, including The Music Man Foundation, CMA Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Ford Foundation and D'Addario Foundation. For more information visit ETMonline.org.

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Its 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate by combining their global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $6 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Cushman & Wakefield brand. 100 years of taking their clients’ ideas and putting them into action. To learn more, visit, http://www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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