Springbrook to Hold 2nd Annual Charity Concert in Manhattan

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Unique Fundraiser Supports Vital Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

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“This wonderful collaboration focuses on music’s power to transform lives, mirroring Springbrook’s mission to support and enhance the lives of the hundreds of children, adults and families we serve,” explains Patricia Kennedy, CEO, Springbrook.

Springbrook, a New York nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities, presents An Evening of Music at The Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails in the Morgan Rotunda, followed by the concert at 7:00 p.m. and a dinner reception at 8:00 p.m. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Springbrook’s Family Engagement Center, which opened on July 20, 2017.

This year’s concert features performances of Syrinx by Debussy and “American” String Quartet Op. 96 by Dvorak. The event is once again organized by world-renowned musicians Carmit Zori and Robert Rinehart, whose son, Danny, is currently a Springbrook resident and graduate of Springbrook’s Tom Golisano Center for Autism. The concert is Zori’s and Rinehart’s way of “giving back” to the agency while raising awareness about its life-services for individuals and families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. Zori is a longtime violinist currently serving on the faculty at Rutgers University and SUNY Purchase; Rinehart is a member of the New York Philharmonic, co-founder of the Ridge String Quartet, and a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music.

Joining Zori and Rinehart on stage will be violinist Daniel Phillips, co-founder of the Orion String Quartet of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; flutist and Grammy nominee Tara Helen O’Connor and current member of the New Millenium Ensemble; and cellist Marcy Rosen, founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and co-artistic director of the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland. Like Zori and Rinehart, each musician has performed across the globe and currently serves on the faculty at colleges throughout the New York area.

“This wonderful collaboration focuses on music’s power to transform lives, mirroring Springbrook’s mission to support and enhance the lives of the hundreds of children, adults and families we serve,” explains Patricia Kennedy, CEO, Springbrook. “Guests at the concert will have the opportunity to hear many of these motivating stories and learn more about our services, while interacting with world-class musicians in a unique, intimate setting.”

Like last year’s fundraiser, proceeds from An Evening of Music will help to enhance Springbrook’s Family Engagement Center, an essential resource to support families throughout their Springbrook journey. The nurturing space (free of charge to parents) operates on 100% donations and is a critical way to connect families traveling from the metropolitan New York region to visit their children. Springbrook’s 2016 charity concert raised $30,000.

“Through the generosity of our attendees and donors, we’re hoping to surpass last year’s total and enable Springbrook’s Family Engagement Center to serve more families as they work to nurture their relationships,” Kennedy says. “Many thanks to Carmit, Robert and to all our musicians for sharing their extraordinary talent and volunteering their time to contribute to our mission in such a heartfelt way. We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening.”

Tickets for An Evening of Music are $1,000 with a discounted rate of $750 for Springbrook families. For more information, contact Stacey Grady, Springbrook’s Director of Development, at gradys(at)springbrookny(dot)org, or by phone at 607-286-7171, ext. 283. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, October 13, 2017. Each ticket purchased will serve as a tax-deductible donation to Springbrook.

About Springbrook

Springbrook is a leading provider of innovative supports for people with developmental disabilities. The organization serves over 1,000 individuals and families across 30 counties in New York State (including 93 families from the New York City area), with offices in Oneonta, Norwich, and Binghamton. Providing educational, residential, therapeutic, habilitation, and community support options that span all aspects of an individual’s life, Springbrook is committed to giving every person served the opportunity for independence and choice. For more information, visit http://www.springbrookny.org.

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