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Providencia Orchestra Performs At ETM-LA Gala Honoring Cusumano Real Estate Group, Rickey Minor & Angela Woo

Students from Providencia Elementary’s string orchestra performed at the 14th annual Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) Benefit Gala honoring the Cusumano Real Estate Group, educator Angela Woo and Emmy-award winning music producer and director Rickey Minor with Shining Star Awards.

Held on Sunday, November 10, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the annual gala raises funds and awareness for supporting music programs in disadvantaged L.A. County schools.

Students from Providencia Elementary’s string orchestra perform at the 14th annual ETM-LA Benefit Gala on November 19, 2019. (Photo Courtesy Danny Moloshok)

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Anthony Anderson, who currently stars in ABC’s black-ish, opened the affair. Students from Burbank’s Providencia Elementary School string orchestra and Los Angeles’ Hooper Avenue Elementary School choir, along with ETM-LA alumni performed for the audience.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Ledisi performed a rousing Aretha Franklin tribute, backed by the Rickey Minor Band. Grammy-nominated saxophonist David Koz also impressed the audience.

“I would not be who I am if it weren’t for organizations like ETM-LA,” said Ledisi, acknowledging she benefited from in-school music education, as she also thanked Minor for his long-time mentorship.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) Shining Star Artist honoree Rickey Minor, left, dances onto the stage as actress and dancer Debbie Allen, right, introduces him during the Education Through Music Los Angeles 14th annual Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, November 10, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo Courtesy Danny Moloshok)

Emmy-award winning director and choreographer Debbie Allen presented Minor with his Shining Star Award. Music education Michael Stone and former Mayor of Burbank Michael Hasting also presented awards.

“Music has changed not only my life, but it changes the vibration of this planet,” commented Minor. “Through music, we can make this world a better place.”

“I love what I do… I look forward every day to being inspired by my students,” said honoree Woo, who has taught for over 25 years and is the Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica.

Michael Cusumano accepts the ETM-LA Shining Star Award on behalf of Cusumano Real Estate Group. (Photo Courtesy Danny Moloshok)

“Education is really important in order for people to have full and successful lives,” stated Michael Cusumano, who received the Shining Star Award on behalf of his company, Cusumano Real Estate Group. “Music is an integral part of the education that our children should receive.”

Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove served as Co-Chairs of the gala.

Honorary hosts included Christophe Beck, Andra Day, John Debney, Michael Giacchino, Jennifer Hudson, Quincy Jones, John Legend, Diana Ross, Randy Spendlove and Diane Warren.

More celebrities were sprinkled through the audience including Ernie Fields, Jr., Julianne Jordan, Christopher Lennertz, Manny and Terri Marroquin, Carin and Mark McGrath, Blake Neely, Rudy Sarzo, Rob Simonsen and Joseph Trapanese.

The Education Through Music-Los Angeles 14th annual Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, November 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo Courtesy Danny Moloshok)

“We are grateful to our amazing honorees – true shining stars – for championing quality music education for all children in local disadvantaged schools,” commented ETM-LA Executive Director Victoria Lanier. “They demonstrate leadership in furthering our mission to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential through music and the arts.”

More images from the event can be found on the ETM-LA website here.

Currently, ETM-LA serves approximately 17,500 students with weekly music as part of the core
curriculum in the communities of Bellflower, Boyle Heights, Burbank, Compton, Chinatown, ​Downtown LA, ​East LA, Inglewood, ​Pasadena, South Central L.A. and throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Burbank Elks Donate Dictionaries at Providencia Elementary School

Burbank Elks Lodge made its 12th annual stop at Providencia Elementary School on Friday delivering paperback dictionaries to three third-grade classes.

 Burbank Elks members and husband and wife, Greg and Charlene Peale, distribute dictionaries to third-graders at Providencia Elementary School.

Burbank Elks members and husband and wife, Greg and Charlene Peale, distribute dictionaries to third-graders at Providencia Elementary School.

Exalted Ruler John Coyle was joined by fellow Elks members Dictionary Chair and Chair of the Board of Trustees Charlene Peale, Greg Peale and Ramona Higgins.

Each year, all the third-graders in the Burbank Unified School District elementary receive the dictionaries. This year the total number of students getting the dictionaries is 1,031, Charlene Peale said.

Providencia Principal Jennifer Culbertson introduced Coyle to the students. He told them the dictionaries not only will help them with their spelling but many other subjects of reference.

There is a place at the beginning of the book where they can write their names and their teachers names have been placed on a label on the same page.

 Burbank Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Coyle receives thank-you notes from Noel Mason, left, and Leo Gersh, both students in Kelly Ohrt's third-grade class.

Burbank Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Coyle receives thank-you notes from Noel Mason, left, and Leo Gersh, both students in Kelly Ohrt’s third-grade class.

It has the symbols for sign language, list of planets, history of each country, the state capitals and when each became a state and the longest word in the English language that took up half a page.

Other highlights in the book are the U.S. Presidents and their biographies, the U.S. Constitution and the evolution of the American flag’s design.

The students oohed and awed as Coyle told them each highlight.

Joining in the morning presentation was district Superintendent Matt Hill and Director of Elementary Education Peter Knapik.

The Elks and Providencia already share a partnership in that for the past 15 years the fraternal organization has welcomed the nearby school to hold its fifth grade promotion ceremony at the lodge, Culbertson said.

 Three third-grade classes at Providencia Elementary School raise their dictionaries in jubilation after the donation presentation by the Burbank Elks Lodge. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Three third-grade classes at Providencia Elementary School raise their dictionaries in jubilation after the donation presentation by the Burbank Elks Lodge. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

“On behalf of Providencia’s third-graders and of course on behalf of all the third-graders in our district thank you so much for your generosity,” Culbertson told the Elks. “The fact that they will have them for years to come is so special!”

As the arts is a major part of the school’s curriculum, Culbertson added, the school has been recognized as a 2016 Exemplary Arts Program School. The designation is from the California Department of Education as part of its Gold Ribbon Awards.

So, to thank the Elks for their donation, each class sang a song and had drawn colorful props to help illustrate the lyrics. They also presented the Elks with handmade thank you notes.

 Burbank Elks members who dropped off the donation of dictionaries are, from left, Charlene and Greg Peale, Exalted Ruler John Coyle and Ramona Higgins.

Burbank Elks members who dropped off the donation of dictionaries are, from left, Charlene and Greg Peale, Exalted Ruler John Coyle and Ramona Higgins.

“I want to thank all of you for entertaining us with some beautiful music and all your artwork,” Coyle told the classes. “You are very talented, though obviously the school teaches much more than singing and art. I’m looking at penmanship here that for a third-grader is really unbelievable. Some adults cannot write this clear.”

Carol Lopez, parent of student Cesar Lopez, attended the ceremony and believes the dictionary donation program is great because it keeps him off the Internet.

“He can use it without asking me to go online, so it’s safer than using the computer,” she said.

 Cesar Lopez, 8, a third-grader at Providencia Elementary School, shows his dictionary after receiving it from Burbank Elks member Greg Peale. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Cesar Lopez, 8, a third-grader at Providencia Elementary School, shows his dictionary after receiving it from Burbank Elks member Greg Peale. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

 A detail shot of a thank-you note given to the Burbank Elks Lodge for the dictionary donation. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

A detail shot of a thank-you note given to the Burbank Elks Lodge for the dictionary donation. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)