BURBANKS ARTS FOR ALL FOUNDATION PRESENTS INAUGURAL
PARTY ON THE PLAZA GALA EVENT TO HONOR
WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., EDUCATOR BETH MORRISON
AND BURBANK PTA COUNCIL PRESIDENT BARBARA MILLER
NBC4 Fritz Coleman to Host Gala Event Dinner to be Held April 27, 2012 at the Networks Garden Café Plaza at the Media Studios North Campus
Burbank, California – February 15, 2012 — Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Burbank teacher Beth Morrison and Burbank PTA Council President Barbara Miller will be honored by the Burbank Arts for All Foundation at the inaugural gala event – Party on the Plaza – to be held at the Networks Garden Café Plaza at the Media Studios North campus in Burbank on Friday, April 27; it was announced today by Craig Murray and Alexandra Helfrich, co-chairpersons of the organization. Fritz Coleman, NBC4 weathercaster, will host the event. All proceeds from the Party on the Plaza dinner will benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools has access to a quality visual and performing arts education as part of their core curriculum.
“We are honored to recognize Warner Bros. with the inaugural Patron of the Arts Award. They established Burbank Arts For All Foundation in 2006 and have continued to give both of their time and generosity in order for arts programs to thrive in all of Burbank public schools,” said Helfrich and Murray in making the announcement. “Additionally, Burbank Arts For All Foundation could not think of two more deserving and inspirational individuals to honor than Beth Morrison and Barbara Miller. They have raised the bar in the advancement of arts education and have given so much of their own time which has directly benefitted our schools and profoundly impacted the lives of Burbank kids. We are thrilled to pay tribute to them for their remarkable achievements at this special event.”
The inaugural dinner’s Honorary Chairs are filmmakers Tim Burton, Garry Marshall and Don Hahn as well as former Walt Disney Studios Chairman and motion picture producer Dick Cook. Event co-Chairs are The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy and Hollywood Schoolhouse’s Lili Rossi. The gala event begins at 6:30PM with hosted cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, awards presentation and dancing. Tickets or sponsorship packages can be purchased via www.burbankartsforall.org or by contacting Trena Pitchford, Director of Development, at email@example.com.
The awards are in three categories:
Patron of the Arts Award: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Honored for establishing the Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. will receive the Patron of the Arts Award which is presented to a local business or corporation whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission.
Arts For All Educator Award: Beth Morrison
This award is presented to an educator who dedicates their own personal time to enrich the lives of all Burbank students through their exceptional commitment to furthering arts education for all.
Beth Morrison, a highly regarded and gifted fine arts teacher at John Burroughs High School, will be honored with the Arts For All Educator Award for going above and beyond instructional work. She teaches her students that by leveraging their talents, interests, passions, and time, individually and collectively, they can make very positive contributions to the world… and that art is a powerful vehicle that has the potential to change the world. She has introduced her students to fundraising for important causes through their artistic endeavors that have helped raise thousands of dollars in funding for numerous organizations including The Keep A Breast Foundation (a model and inspiration for their Breast Cancer Awareness projects), the Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research, St. Joseph’s Breast Health Center and other breast cancer related organizations. Her students have also raised money for the Burbank Arts For All Foundation. She collaborates with many core subject teachers at JBHS so they can better integrate visual arts into their curriculum. She also enjoys working with kids and adults involved in the BYSTI program over the summer. A frequent grant recipient, Ms. Morrison embodies the spirit of Burbank Arts for All Foundation by continuing to give back to students in Burbank schools through arts education.
Champion of the Arts Award: Barbara Miller
This award is presented to an individual or organization whose volunteer commitment to providing equitable access to the arts has made a significant impact on the students of Burbank Unified School District and the Burbank community.
Honored for her tireless dedication to the advancement of the arts in the Burbank community, Burbank PTA Council President, Barbara Miller, will receive the Champion of the Arts Award. She is an invaluable resource and works with the California State PTA to follow legislative and budget changes regarding all areas of education and in particular the arts. This dedicated mother of three also serves on the BUSD Facilities Oversight Committee, the Superintendent’s Finance Advisory Committee and the Burbank Arts for All Summer School Advisory Committee. Her dedication bridges the mission of Burbank Arts For All Foundation and the PTA and she was instrumental in both organizations becoming Allied Agencies. Through Mrs. Miller’s on-going commitment to arts education as well as her untiring volunteerism efforts, she continues to be an extraordinary advocate for Burbank Arts for All Foundation.
Event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Woodbury University.
About Burbank Arts For All Foundation
The Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools has access to a quality visual and performing arts education as part of their core curriculum. Guided by this purpose, the Foundation was built by a communitywide alliance of business leaders, municipal partners, educators, parents and arts supporters with initial seed money provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing grant funding to support arts education as a core curriculum in Burbank’s public schools, supporting the Burbank Unified School District’s Arts for All plan and building community awareness through our Community Outreach Working Group. Since it was founded in 2006, the Foundation has awarded over $120,000 in grant funds supporting projects like new musical instruments, artist in residency programs, professional development for teachers, a new kiln, an animated P.S.A. workshop, auditorium and sound system upgrades, strategic planning for Burbank’s Arts for All plan and many dance, theatre, music and art productions or projects. www.BurbankArtsforAll.org