Burbank Arts for All Foundation Announces: The Give Instead Gala


Contact: Trena Pitchford at 818.736.5269 or trena@burbankartsforall.org


Burbank Arts for All Foundation Presents:

The Give Instead Gala Launching April 12th – May 10th


Burbank, California – April 10, 2019– In response to the critical needs of Burbank Unified School District (BUSD), this year, Burbank Arts for All Foundation is changing the model of their annual Party for the Arts Gala to the Give Instead Gala – a month-long extravaganza in order to give more to BUSD arts education.

Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice, explain:

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, Burbank Arts for All Foundation is excited to engage the community in support of our mission to further creativity in the classroom for all of BUSD’s students. With so many increased funding needs in the local schools, we could not justify spending money on our fancy night out this year. In February, we were thrilled to grant $100,000 to help save an elementary music teacher, but we know there is more work to do. Help the Foundation to spend less this Gala season, so we can give more throughout 2019. We invite the community to join us, to link arms, and to give in support of the arts.”

The Give Instead Gala will begin this Friday, April 12th and continue through Friday, May 10th. The campaign invites donors to a month-long “Black Tie Optional, Pajamas Preferred” experience, where they can donate, sponsor, host a fundraising gathering in their own home, create and inspire a fundraising team online, or participate in an online auction which begins on Friday, April 26th.

All proceeds from the Give Instead Gala will benefit Burbank Arts for All Foundation. The Foundation has worked in partnership with BUSD for over 12 years, investing more than $662,000 through 298 grants and giving initiatives for BUSD arts education programs and engaging the community in the importance of arts education and its impact on Burbank’s creative economy.

Currently, the Give Instead Gala sponsors are The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, Logix Federal Credit Union, Providence Saint Joseph, FotoKem, House America Financial, Gain Federal Credit Union, and Woodbury University.

Co-Chairing the Give Instead Gala is The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy, Volpei-Gussow Real Estates’ Karen Volpei, The Walt Disney Company’s Carrie Brown, Writer/Producer Suzanne Weerts, and Real Value Properties, Inc.’s Cathy Stevens.

Trena Pitchford, Executive Director for Burbank Arts For All Foundation, is welcomes the public:

“We invite all of Burbank and those who care about Burbank students to become involved. With so much need, the Foundation wants to increase our impact, making it possible for even more students to experience the joy, creativity, and confidence that comes from learning through the arts! We are counting on the more than 400 of Burbank’s local business and entertainment industry leaders, School District and City officials, celebrities, local arts supporters, and educators who would normally attend our Party for the Arts Gala, to get creative, party in your pajamas, and share why you support the arts!”




 About the Give Instead Gala:

 Dates: Friday, April 12, 2019 through Friday, May 10th

 Place: www.GiveInsteadGala.com

 Donate: Get Creative! Every Donation Helps. Donate any amount to Give Instead this Gala season, such as:

  •  Instead of spending $150 for a Gala ticket, give instead to make it possible for more students in Burbank’s schools to experience the arts in their school day!
  •  Instead of spending $250 for a ticket and a new pair of dancing shoes, give instead to support the Foundation’s work offering free arts and craft activities to kids!
  •  Instead of spending $300 for two tickets, give instead to support the Foundation’s grants, like providing one classroom’s arts supplies for a year.
  •  Instead of spending $500 for tickets and an outfit you may never wear again, give instead to help the Foundation engage the community in the importance of the arts!
  •  Instead of spending $1,000 for tickets, dancing shoes, outfits, hiring a babysitter, and an Uber, give instead to support the Foundation’s grants, like funding a middle school media lab or a new oboe!

Sponsors: Level Range from $1,000 to $15,000 with marketing, digital advertising, and VIP benefits

Advertising: Digital Advertising is $500 with online presence in all web and social media outlets.

Online Auction: Begins April 26th through May 10th at www.biddingOwl.com/GiveInsteadGala

To Become a sponsor, place an ad, or donate, go to www.GiveInsteadGala.com 


About Burbank Arts for All Foundation:

Burbank Arts for All Foundation believes the arts are transformative for kids. With its growing number of Burbank parents, teachers, and students, as well as community and business partners, the Foundation believes all students should have equal access to a quality arts education that nurtures a balanced approach to life, develops 21st century skills for any career path a student chooses, and further enriches a healthy community and creative economy in Burbank.

Since 2006, Burbank Arts for All Foundation has worked in partnership with Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) to support BUSD’s Arts for All masterplan. The impact of the Foundation’s work supports thousands of students in their academic, social and emotional growth through arts education every school year and engages the community in the importance of arts education and its impact on Burbank’s creative economy.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Mission and Vision:

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as part of their core curriculum. Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s vision is to inspire Burbank to build the finest arts education program in California. www.BurbankArtsforAll.org


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