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BAFA Party On The Plaza Raises Funds For BUSD Arts

Burbank Arts For All Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary and raises funds for Burbank Unified arts programs with its annual BAFA Party On The Plaza on Friday, April 29.

The L.A. County arts education initiative, Arts For All, receives the Patron of the Arts Award. Joaquin Miller Elementary School Principal Judy Hession is honored with the Arts for All Educator Award. Volunteer Judy Dellinger will be presented with the Champion of the Arts Award.

“In our 10th Anniversary Year, we are so excited to celebrate three longtime leaders who have helped to further our mission and support our District’s arts education goals over the past ten years,” stated Board of Directors Chair, Carrie Brown.

bafa2016“The L.A. County arts education initiative, Arts For All – adopted by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and led by the L.A. County Arts Commission – and the LA County Office of Education – is the driving force behind our county’s commitment to arts education for all of its 1.6 million students. We are incredibly proud to honor them with the Patron of the Arts Award to celebrate their tireless commitment and ongoing success.”

“We are also pleased to recognize the leadership of Joaquin Miller Elementary School’s Principal, Judy Hession, with the Arts for All Educator Award. Mrs. Hession’s commitment to arts education over the past 19 years of her administration has led to a robust arts culture on her campus, an Exemplary Arts School award and academic success for the school’s largely diverse student body,” added Brown.

“I am also thrilled to announce that we will be honoring longtime volunteer Judy Dellinger with the Champion of the Arts Award. After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Dellinger has remained committed to arts education over the past 12 years, leading music classes in our elementary schools and furthering our Foundation’s mission.”

“This year is extra special as we plan to celebrate the growth of creativity in the classroom for our students over the past ten years,” commented Trena Pitchford, BAFA Executive Director.

Tickets or sponsorship packages can be purchased via www.burbankartsforall.org or by contacting Pitchford at trena@burbankartsforall.org or (818) 736-5269.

The 2016 gala celebration will be held at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with hosted cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, awards presentation and dancing to award winning party band, SPLASH. Weathercaster for NBC4, Fritz Coleman, returns as Master of Ceremonies.

Photos from the 2015 BAFA Party On The Plaza can be found here.

BAFA Party On The Plaza 2015 Boogies Down And Raises More Than $100,000

Nearly 400 guests attended the fourth annual Burbank Arts For All Foundation gala, the BAFA Party On The Plaza, at Universal Studios’ Globe Theatre on Friday, May 15. Emceed by NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman, the event honored Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Burbank High School teacher Jonelle Pickett and volunteer Debbie Wade.

“We estimate more than $100,000 in net revenues were raised to support our grant making program, operations and community outreach efforts,” said BAFA Executive Director Trena Pitchford, who was thrilled by a “wonderful feeling of community support for arts education.”

BAFA 2015 Party On The Plaza Honorees: volunteer Debbie Wade, Carson Smith (Nickelodeon Animation Studios) and teacher Jonelle Pickett.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

BAFA 2015 Party On The Plaza Honorees: volunteer Debbie Wade, Carson Smith (Nickelodeon Animation Studios) and teacher Jonelle Pickett.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It’s difficult to adequately express the depth of our gratitude to our Burbank community,” commented Pitchford. “From our sponsors to our guests, from our volunteers to our Board of Directors, so many wonderful moments stood out in the evening.”

“The fact that Carson Smith [Human Resources Manager from Nickelodeon] auctioned off his own shoes and socks [for $1200] and left the evening barefoot to support more arts education in our schools is an example of the amazing commitment from our Burbank community.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We are at a critical time in public education, rebuilding what was lost so long ago and still reaching for what’s yet to come,” Pitchford added. “Our Foundation is committed to our District, our students and our teachers to help them rebuild and grow sequential, sustainable arts education programs for every student. Every. Single. One.”

“We look forward to putting these funds to work in the coming year and we extend our deepest thanks to everyone who supported our Party On The Plaza!”

Pitchford acknowledged the presence of BAFA’s partners, the Burbank Unified School District, including current Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz and future Superintendent Matt Hill. Many BUSD administrators, staff, parents and teachers also attended the event.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Chair Carrie Brown, Party On The Plaza Co-Chair Cathy Stevens, Party On The Plaza Co-Chair Joan McCarthy, Executive Director Trena Pitchford. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Chair Carrie Brown, Party On The Plaza Co-Chair Cathy Stevens, Party On The Plaza Co-Chair Joan McCarthy, BAFA Executive Director Trena Pitchford. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The entire Burbank Board of Education attended: President Charlene Tabet, Vice President Larry Applebaum, Clerk Steve Ferguson and Board members Roberta Reynolds and Armond Aghakhanian.

Congressman Adam Schiff, former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, former Mayor Jef Vander Borght and his wife Susan, award-winning artist and bestselling author David Shannon, Jack O’Neill, Charles Cusumano and Emmy Award-winning actress Valerie Mahaffey also attended the Party On The Plaza, along with City of Burbank Mayor Robert Frutos, Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes, City Council Member Emily Gabel-Luddy and City Attorney Amy Albano.

Burbank Board of Education member Roberta Reynolds, incoming BUSD Superintendent Matt HIll and wife and Board member Larry Applebaum. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Board of Education member Roberta Reynolds, incoming BUSD Superintendent Matt HIll and wife Karen and Board member Larry Applebaum. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pitchford also thanked the event’s sponsors including The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon Animation Studios and Cusumano Real Estate Group.

Nickelodeon Animation Studios Senior Vice President of Content Relations David Katz  along with Smith and ‎Boris Beaubien, Vice President of Television Production Technologies were there to accept Nickelodeon’s Patron of the Arts award. Several creators, artists and producers of Nickelodeon’s animated television shows also attended in a show of support.

After silent and live auctions, honorary presentations, dinner and dessert, members of Band From TV including Scott Grimes, Bob Guiney, Eddie Mattos, Brad Savage, Barry Sarna, Chris Kelley, Chris Mostert and Efren Ramirez kept people dancing until late in the evening.