And the winners are... (A4AC March Enews)
March E-News

In our March E-News you will find:

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Donna Roselli, Janine Landolina, Mike Terrio, Shelley Keelor, Lorna Day, Debbi Denning

The lights, along with the performers smiles, were shining brightly at StarStruck Theatre on February 27 as eight community notables took the stage with their professional partners to compete in the 3rd annual Singing with the Stars.  More than $40,000 was raised through this signature fundraising event to benefit non-profit Artists for a Cause. 

In front of a sold out and raucous crowd, Michael Terrio founder of the Terrio Group and his professional counterpart Shelley Keelor were the Overall Winners for the combination of funds raised and a perfect score of 30 from the judges for their performance of “Paradise By The Dashboard Light.”  

The award for Top Fundraising was presented to Susie McAllister, a retired music teacher who lives in the community of Mariner Sands. Susie was met with thunderous applause for her performance of “Holding Out For A Hero” with Shelley Keelor. “I want to make a difference,” said Susie. “Getting involved, supporting the creative solutions that Artists for a Cause provides is a home run. I had a ball!”

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Susie McAllister and Shelley Keelor

The panel of judges consisted of industry professionals Charles Jones, Craig Wich and Anna Preston. Their friendly banter and constructive critiques were met with cheers and jeers from the lively audience. In addition to the perfect score for Mike Terrio, another 30 was awarded to Donna Roselli and partner Karin Leone for their version of “For Good.” The two split the prize for Best Performance. 

The winners had formidable but friendly competition from five other community Notables, which were each paired with a professional partner. They included: Jennifer Lussier-Fontaine with Janine Landolina; Norman Beebe with Carla Holbrook; Debbi Greer-Denning with Karin Leone; Tom Klersy with Janine Landolina; and Lorna Day with Carla Holbrook.  "All worked tirelessly to create this outstanding performance, and to raise funds to support the continued growth of a4ac.  I cannot thank you enough" explained Terry Barber, executive director.

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Tom Klersy, Donna Roselli, Mike Terrio, Lorna Day, Debbi Denning, Jennifer Fontaine, Norman Beebe,
Susie McAllister, and Jennifer Jones

We'd also like to thank our sponsors: Mr. Chain; ProAction; The Terrio Group; Tim & Maureen CotterPaul J. Feinsinger; Plaia and Carmody; Joseph C. Day Foundation; Leadsconnection Inc.; Lynmoore Lawnwood; 
David Alexander; Gene & Kathy Bruyette; Judy & Vince Cashman; Bill & Lorraine Connolly; John C. Doody; Dennis Root & Associates; DKR Interior Services; Joseph & Janice Dorsey; Larry & Georginna Finn; Peter & Patrice Frank; Julia & Pat McCaffrey; Thomas & Marie L. Ryan; Richard & Patricia Schott; Carmen & Rudolph Stalder; Freedom Boat Club; Gulfstream Goodwill Industries; Tom & Laurie Jessop; Bobbie Morrison; Perfectly Legal Office Solutions; Peter's Hardware; Ruth Pietruszewski; Pro Action Inc.; Marie Riddle; Style Encore; Suit Yourself Swimwear; Manny Sfaleos; Team Parks; Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care; TC Palm ;
StarStruck Theatre and The Firefly Group.

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Mike Terrio & Shelley Keelor

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Mariner Sands Charity Week

Artists for a Cause has become entrenched in the Marnier Sands Community and we couldn't be happier about it! From the intimate connection via the Cotter's Salon Series to the outpouring of support for Susie McAllister in Singing with the Stars, we truly appreciate all the attention we receive from the community. 

Of course we want to mention our involvement in Mariner Sands Charity Week, the largest fundraiser in Martin County, as it continues to grow each year. We received this wonderful feedback this season:

Events included: 

Eliza and carla_CropFebruary 26 -  Benefit Concert, Mariner Sands Chapel - Carla Holbrook performed with her daughter Lexie Laverty as well as A4AC young talents Eliza Levy and Anthony Capizzi: "At Last," a program of jazz and popular favorites.

We would especially like to thank Tanya and Vince Condello for generously opening their home and hosting an elegant reception following the concert. We are truly grateful. 

March 4 - Terry Barber, countertenor and his trio performed “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” the world’s favorite melodies in 10 languages.  The trio included Julliard-trained concert pianist, Alina Kiryayeva, multi-wind instrumentalist, Ryan Walsh.  Additionally, Terry mentored some of the most gifted in A4AC’s youth network including Mikaela Danchenko and Alexis Bentinganan (singers) plus Erica Lucio (clarinet) and Nathalia Ricardo (flute).

Thank you again to Maureen and Timothy Cotter for hosting the reception following that moving event.

March 5 -  Charity Week Gala included entertainment by the band Mccartney Mania who were joined on stage by Eliza Levy who blew away the crowd with "Let It Be". Southfork High School's Carillon Singers also entertained as folks entered on red carpet, and cocktail entertainment  was provided by students Megan Savage on Cello and Ryan Cox on Saxophone. 

We are pleased and humbled to share some kind words from our friends at Mariner Sands:

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Cindy Black, Chair of the Charity Gala: 
Terry.... I'm just not sure where to begin.  From the beginning, you and your amazing and talented artists have brought so much class and excitement to our Gala Event.  It has been such an honor to say to our members that our Gala entertainment is McCartney Mania and Artists for a Cause and our wonderful members. You exude warmth, charm and an amazing talent which you are passing on to very fortunate young Artists who have the privilege of developing their talents under your 'wing'. I sit in awe of your amazing voice Terry.
All feedback I have received has been absolutely positive.  Eliza Levy's song "Let It Be" with the most incredible, fun and over-the-top. And everyone's favorite band McCartney Mania, brought the house down. I do believe, according to an email that I received from Jimmy, the lead singer of the band, that Eliza is now an honorary member of
McCartney Mania. Ryan Cox's saxophone playing  filled our grill room with a sophisticated ambiance, while everyone fell under the spell of Megan Savage's cello playing. Our guests were enchantingly greeted by the Carillon singers who beautifully handed our guests over to Susie McAllister who welcomed our guests in the lobby with her melodic voice.  She was  accompanied by the lifting sounds of Frank Rawdling and Tabitha Merks on piano. Christine Jung brought every guest to their feet with her powerful Star Spangled Banner.
It was an evening filled with such beautiful music and talent, and everyone walked away with this sweet music memory.  I just don't know how we could improve.
On top of all these Stars that lit up our night with their talent, their sweet demeanors and manners were exemplary.
Terry the concerts that you performed at the Chapel were incredible.  Everyone was in awe of your powerful voice and your stage presence with the other artists.  Maureen and Tim Cotter are an amazing couple to introduce us to you and your Artists for a Cause group.
I could  give you a word for every letter of the alphabet...from Awesome to Zest.... that're the Best.
Thank you for all that you do!!!


Maureen Cotter, newest A4AC Board Member and member of Mariner Sands:
We hated to miss the gala this year but through your description, I felt like I was there.
Having heard Eliza sing at the Salon Series, I'm not at all surprised to hear that she brought the house down and made a lot of new fans.  We are so proud of her.
Terry, I echo what Cindy shared.  All I have heard is rave reviews for the gala and both concerts.  Thank you for using your many gifts to help strengthen our community.

Bob Kung, board member of Mariner Sands Charity Week:
SingingStars 2016-345 2The reviews are in, the critics have spoken. Mariner Sands loves CARLA.

Great performance. Out of the ballpark. Right on target. Great band. Superb guitar.

Let me echo all the great sentiments. Carla was the consummate professional, the guitarist was fantastic, Lexi's performance went viral, Ryan and Alina got rave reviews from our local classical music expert. They seemed to mutually enjoy performing here as much as we enjoyed their talent.  And, your energy and dedication is simply incredible. The highest praise a navy guy can give is to hoist Bravo Zulu...well done!   
Attendance at both performances and receptions combined were higher than last year.  We think the partnership of Charity Week and A4AC should be able to fill both wings and the outside of the chapel with the right production! We look forward to next year.  

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Support for Charities

SafeSpace-142On February 29, SafeSpace held their signature Every Woman is My Sister event and findraiser. More than 200 SafeSpace supporters attended the event at Sailfish Point Oceanfront Clubhouse to listen to key note speaker and New York Times best selling author, Leslie Morgan Steiner, and celebrate survivors of domestic violence who have victoriously created safer lives for themselves and their children.

Last year, Mikaela Dancheko brought tears to the eyes of attendees while she sang "Halleluiah". This year, she was invited back and the 15-year-old singer, mentored through our network, performed a beautiful rendition of "You Raise Me Up" to complete the evening’s mission moment.

“SafeSpace had another successful Every Woman Is My Sister event thanks to a very powerful mission moment, which included a wonderful performance of "You Raise Me Up" by Mikaela Danchenko.  We are grateful to have had Mikaela share her incredible talent for us and our guests again this year!” said Tracy Levy, Director of Development at SafeSpace. 

Thank you to Mikaela and to all of the artists in our network who are involved in our Support for Charities program. You are doing great work through Artists for a Cause. 

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Artists for a Cause is a national nonprofit organization that helps visual and performing artists to use their talents for community improvement, stimulating culture, while addressing the critical needs of communities. Some programs help artists and charities to get the most out of their collaboration, while most produce results directly, by feeding the poor, healing the sick, or solving other problems through unique artistic solutions. Additionally, we never ask artist professionals in a struggling industry to donate or give away their livelihood.  No program is merely about art for arts’ sake – Artists for a Cause is about the arts as a solution.

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