Gala 2015

Cocktails, Dinner, Entertainment and Dancing


A Special Performance by

Randy Weston

One of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary. Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his creations continue to inspire.


Featured Swing Band

Excelsior symphony

An ensemble of critically acclaimed music industry veterans who have worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie orchestra, Mel Lewis, Chico O’Farrill and many others.



The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music offers music therapy for clients, either one-on-one or in groups, to grow through the transformative experience of making music in relationship with a trained music therapist. Our credentialed music therapists play music with clients using improvisation and specific music interventions to effect positive change and foster creative expression in children and adults.


Gala Co-Chairs Florence Hutner & Matthew H. Tye

Honorary Chair Eric L. Adams Brooklyn Borough President


Melinda Burke (Auction chair), David Burrell, MaryAnne Gilmartin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Denise Jordan, Barbara Smith, Jon Samson, Jerri Sines Mayer, Thomas Moers Mayer


RAISE YOUR VOICE LEADERS Jerri Sines Mayer and Thomas Moers Mayer CATCH THE BEAT BENEFACTORS Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. CLAP YOUR HANDS SUPPORTERS Houlihan Lokey BEAT THE DRUM ADVOCATES Chad Cooper and Claire Ellis, CreditSights, Inc., Forest City Ratner Company, HBO, Andrea Knutson, Joel Kress, Bernadette Levandowski and Andrew Chipok, Ruth Epstein Schuler Fund, Stone Lion Capital Partners LP, Arda Ural GET INTO THE GROOVE SUSTAINERS Ofer Cohen TerraCRG, Barbara I. and Joseph H. Ellis, James Grant and Patricia Kavanagh Grant, Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Adam Stein and Susan Parkhill, Russ Soper, Matthew H. Tye and Christopher R. Rodriguez MOVE TO THE MUSIC PATRONS David and Paula Burrell, Scott Cantone, Travis J. Carey CPA, Kenneth Chin and Lisa S. Lim, Tony Felzen, Peg and Harry DiOrio, Shari Goodstein, Harris Beach, Florence Hutner, Susan Joseph, Richard W. Mark and Maura L. Harway, Dan Nadler, Scott Piper, Jon Samson CoCreative Music, Carl Sylvestre Consulting, Jason & Tamara Tepper, Bob Vitalo and Jackie Montras, Richard Paige, Patti and George White INSPIRE IMPROVISATION FRIENDS Charles P. and Cathy Alexander, Robert Bank, Jaqueliine Carney, David Conroy, Alyn Cosgrove and Pamela Levine, Russell Davidson, Tom and Julie Fergeson, Alexandra Fisher, Frederick H. Fulford, Karen Geer, Barbara Grossman, Sulemon Lunat and Michele Barker, Chris Mitchell and Pilar Guzman, Roland Houston, Paul Kerness-CloudDesks, Kevin King, Halley Love, Doreen Oliver, Luke Rettler, Michele Roett, Christopher Siudzinski and Christine Scanlon, Barbara Smith, Ellie Meek Tweedy, Karen A. Wenderoff, David Wechsler, Bonnie and Lloyd Williams, Liz Glover Wilson.

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