Monday, April 8, 2013

ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy Victims

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

Ara Gregorian Resnick, violin; Tom Sauer, piano;
Alicia Gregorian Sawyers, cello; Ani Gregorian, violin

The Gregorian Family, comprised of Ani Gregorian Resnick, Ara Gregorian, Alicia Gregorian Sawyers and Tom Sauer, performed in two private benefit concerts at the Sohotel Artspace Gallery to support the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, which provides much needed support to those still affected by Super Storm Sandy.

The concerts were held at 4:00 and 8:00 on March 16. The 4:00 concert, which was the one I attended, was the more family friendly concert, with children ages 5 and up making up a large part of the audience, most of them Ani's music students.

The Sohotel Artspace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that was recently opened by directors Catherine Testorf and Elizabeth Rosso. The gallery focuses on young and mid-career artists from Europe and the less explored Caribbean.

Tom and Alicia, left, and Ani and Ara, right, with Sohotel Artspace Gallery Directors
Elizabeth Rosso and Catherine Testorf in center

Dina Satti, Associate Manager of Donor Engagement at the Robin Hood Foundation,
explains the organization's mission and adds a few words of gratitude.

Founded in 1988, The Robin Hood Foundation is New York’s largest poverty fighting organization, and has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. The Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund is distributing tens of millions of dollars to organizations throughout New York’s tri-state region that are helping individuals and families recover from the devastating effects of the storm. In addition, Robin Hood’s board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.

Catherine lends a hand with the refreshments

The program featured a much enjoyable selection of works by Bach, Moszkowski, Gregorian, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Piazolla and Mendelssohn

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