For Hometown News
Children's Emergency Resources, Inc. recently received a $3,000 donation from Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association.
The funds were collected by students who performed at the annual Music-Thon on Dec. 7 at the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach. Performers included pianists, singers, flutists, violinists, a cellist, drummer, saxophone and a choir. The students were from the studios of Treasure Coast Music Teacher Association members Billy Borovina, Luanne Dwyer, Shazkya Fernandez, Lynn Haynes, Cynthia Hinkelman, Cindy Kessler, Marianne Mills, Sandra Palter, Maribel Soriano, Michael Sorrentino and Rita Vallis.
Each performer was introduced by a "Celebrity Emcee" from the local community including: Terry Barber, countertenor and former member of the Grammy award-winning group Chanticleer and founder of Artists for a Cause; Marcus Rabb, Director of Fine Arts at the Pine School and 2012 winner of the mARTies Award for Excellence in Arts Education from the Arts Council of Martin County; and Elizabeth Jekanowski, 2011 Martin County School District Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year, and currently coordinator of Exceptional Student Education at Anderson Middle School.
Tiffany Kenny, five-time Emmy Award winning journalist and news anchor at WPBF Channel 25 News, served as the honorary chairwoman for the 2013 Music-Thon. She was awarded the 2013 Florida Associated Press Best Newscast and was named by Jupiter Magazine as one of the area's top 25 Impact Players. In addition she has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni by the Palm Beach County Education Foundation.
The first Music-Thon was held in March 1991 at the Treasure Coast Square Mall with students raising more than $6,000 for Hibiscus House and the Scholarship Fund.
Celebrity Emcees were former Martin County School Superintendent Frank Brogan; WQCS-FM radio personality Roger White; Executive Director of the Arts Council, Mary Shaw; Martin County Commissioner, Mary Dawson; and South Fork High School Principal, Sebastian Torres.
Since 1991, TCMTA students have raised more than $78,000 and donated to Hibiscus House, Hospice, Tykes & Teens, ARC of Martin County and Children's Emergency Resources. The mission of Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. Additional information is at http://www.tcmta.org.
For more information on the Children's Emergency Resources, visit http://www.childrensemergencyresources.org.