White Pines is excited to announce a gala fundraiser: The White Pines Masque! Held at the beautiful Sanctuary of St. Paul's Episcopal church in Elkins Park, this fun costume party will raise money to support White Pines programs serving youth with disabilities and refugee youth.
"We are thrilled about the Masque!" said Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. "This is the first of what will be an annual event for us, stimulating our community of supporters, and developing the essential support we need to offer our programs."
This year, the Masque focuses on White Pines' work with youth with disabilities, and with refugee youth. Since the fall of 2014, White Pines has been offering Acting Out!, a creative theater class for youth with a variety of disabilities. "One of the things that's unique about Acting Out," comments Sutie Madison, one of the co-teachers of the class, "is that we have all kinds of actors in the room with us from Cerebral Palsy, to Downs Syndrome, to Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a person with a disability myself (Sutie has Tourette Syndrome), it's quite energizing to create and perform with such a diverse group of individulas." This year, some of the students from Acting Out! will be performing at the Masque.
"Last fall, I was introduced to the HIAS (Hebrew International Aid Society) after-school program for refugee youth through our animation teacher, Klementina Budnik," explains White Pines' Director of Education Dani Bryant, who leads this program. "This year we will expand our partnership with HIAS to offer Spruance Elementary students an exciting program in creative drama, visual arts and animation. WPP's innovative arts programming will help students - from nations all over the world - with literacy and language arts skills, self-confidence, and of course, transformative creativity!"
"The White Pines Masque marks an important step forward for the organization," remarks Board President David Cohen. "With the full support of the board, we are fostering donor development, and creating innovative, fun events like this meant to showcase the important work we do, to raise money, and to have a great time."
The White Pines Masque will feature light refreshments by Creekside Co-op, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. The White Pines Ensemble Bright Invention will perform, as will the acoustic hip-hop group BEATPEACE. The finale is a secret - but we can tell you that it is a tribute to Michael Jackson, and will feature board members, ensemble members, summer campers and Acting Out! students all performing together!
The White Pines Masque occurs at St. Paul's Sunday evening October 22nd, from 7 - 9 pm. Click on the box below to order tickets!