Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Dallas Summer Musicals holds community outreach luncheon
Luncheon celebrates record earnings of more than $342,000, which will help bring the best of Broadway to Dallas.
More than 100 community leaders joined Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) Executive Board members, supporters and friends at a Community Outreach luncheon recently at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
“Thank you for joining us here today to celebrate DSM’s community partnerships,” said Stan Gardner, Chairman, Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) presented by Comerica Bank. “Today’s purpose is to celebrate DSM’s commitment to the North Texas community. Through education programs for youth and outreach initiatives like the annual Tri-Chamber event at the African American Museum, DSM touches the lives of many who might never have the opportunity to experience the magic of musical theatre.”
Following Mr. Gardner, Gary Griffith, Chairman, DSM Community Outreach Committee, spoke about DSM’s five outreach programs: Kids Club, Discover Theatre, Stage Right, Seats for Kids and the DSM School of Musical Theatre and stated, “All five of these programs are important to the development of youth in our society, touching the lives of over 10,000 children this year.”
Tom Leppert, Mayor of the City of Dallas took the podium and gave a message of support for Dallas Summer Musicals' importance in the community and the crucial role DSM plays in the support of Dallas schools and youth stating, "These programs are an investment in our shared community."
As one of the nation’s leading non-profit theatre arts organizations, DSM understands the importance of their role in the community. Studies show that youth and community involvement with the arts improves self-esteem, raises test scores, contributes to a more literate, creative and qualified work force, positively affects the social and business climates within communities and improves overall quality of life. DSM is dedicated to doing their part by providing quality community outreach and education initiatives.
DSM Community Outreach Fast Facts:
• In 2007, Dallas Summer Musicals and Big Thought, created Discover Theatre, a program designed specifically to entertain, educate and empower young people in elementary school (K-6). Discover Theater performances of Frankly Ben and Frog and Toad reached approximately 6,800 school children on February 28 and 29 of this year.
• Seats for Kids provides free performances to at-risk youth giving them access to CATS, STOMP and HAIRSPRAY this year. 2,000 free tickets are slated to be given away at no cost to these young people in 2008.
• Over 1,500 students have attended classes at the DSM School of Musical Theatre since its inception. The DSM School of Musical Theatre offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.
• Kids Club is a free membership program created to develop tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities, special events and backstage tours, hundreds of children gain an interest, knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts.
• DSM and the Dallas Police Department partner together to provide positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program.
The luncheon also celebrated the success of the 2008 Curtain Call Gala, presented by Comerica Bank, which raised more than $342,000 to benefit DSM’s mission to bring the best of Broadway to Dallas and to support these quality educational and community outreach programs. Karl Chiao, DSM Board member and Underwriting chair joined Wendy Walker, DSM Board member and Gala Co-chair in thanking everyone for making this year’s event a record-breaking triumph – more than doubling revenues raised at the 2007 event.
Dallas community leaders who attended the luncheon to celebrate DSM’s outreach initiatives and community partners included:
• Tom Leppert, Mayor, City of Dallas
• Sheffie Kadane, Dallas City Council
• Maria Munoz-Blanco, Director of the Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs
• Judy Pollock, Chairman of Dallas' Cultural Affairs Commission
• Dick Collins, Chairman of the Today Foundation
• Charlene Howell, Rosewood Foundation
• Monty Moncibais, DPD, Dallas Summer Musicals Stage Right Program partner
• Chiho Mori, Asian America Chamber of Commerce