**Guests Will Enjoy Hosted Cocktails, Silent Auction, Gourmet Dinner Prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, And Dancing to Live Band SPLASH**

Burbank, California – February 8, 2017– Burbank Arts for All Foundation is proud to host its sixth annual gala event – Party for the Arts – honoring three exemplary stewards of arts education for Burbank public schools: Woodbury University will be presented with the Patron of the Arts Award; David Starr Jordan’s Vocal Music Director Christine DeMore will receive the Arts for All Educator Award; and volunteer Brenda Burroughs will be honored with the Champion of the Arts Award.

This year’s gala celebration will be held at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, April 21, 2017.  The event festivities begin at 6:00PM with hosted cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, awards presentation, and dancing to the rhythmic sounds of award winning, ultimate party band, SPLASH!

All proceeds from the Party for the Arts gala celebration benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization that, for over 10 years, has worked in partnership with Burbank Unified to further creativity and innovation for every student in Burbank public schools through a quality arts education.

Tickets or sponsorship packages can be ordered online via this link or by contacting Trena Pitchford, Executive Director, at trena@burbankartsforall.org or (818) 736-5269.

“For over 10 years, The Foundation has furthered creativity and innovation by supporting a quality arts education for all students in our public schools. We are thrilled to celebrate three leaders who have helped to further our mission and support our District’s arts education goals,” stated Board of Directors Chair, Carrie Brown, in making the announcement.

Woodbury University shares the Foundation’s belief that creative thinking is a core value of education. With their long tradition of educational excellence and the tremendous resources they have offered the Foundation and the Burbank community, the Foundation is incredibly proud to honor them with the Patron of the Arts Award.

“We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award and to support quality arts education programs within the Burbank Unified School district,” said David Steele-Figueredo, President of Woodbury University. “Woodbury’s School of Media Culture & Design is committed to preparing the next generation of creative professions, and this starts with nurturing a strong arts education in our local community.”

The Foundation is also pleased to recognize the dedication of Jordan Middle School’s Vocal Choir Director, Christine DeMore with the Arts for All Educator Award. Mrs. DeMore’s passion for student success often moves beyond the classroom, maintaining high expectations of her students and emphasizing the imperativeness of personal responsibility and ethical choices. Within the music education she provides, she instills the importance of expressing gratitude, giving back to the community, and working hard to achieve one’s dreams.

The Foundation will also honor longtime volunteer Brenda Burroughs with the Champion of the Arts Award. Mrs. Burroughs is always making a difference everywhere she goes, but never asking for the spotlight. Her volunteer service not only supports the Foundation’s mission, but also countless others’ in the community.  Mrs. Burroughs is more than deserving of this public recognition.

Among this year’s event sponsors are The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Woodbury University, Real Value Properties, INC., and Logix Federal Credit Union. Returning to Chair this year’s gala is The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy and Cathy Stevens, owner of Real Value Properties, INC.

“You really don’t want to miss this exciting evening. Our Party for the Arts Gala attracts more than 400 of Burbank’s local business and entertainment industry leaders, School District and City officials, celebrities, local arts supporters and educators. Guests enjoy a festive yet elegant evening full of celebration, fine food, hosted cocktails, music, and dancing. This year, the Foundation is excited to celebrate the growth of creativity in the classroom for our students with our guests. We guarantee a wonderful night out,” stated Trena Pitchford, Executive Director for Burbank Arts For All Foundation.

About the Award Recipients:

WoodburyPatron of the Arts Award:  Woodbury University

Honored for their generous support of arts education in Burbank, Woodbury University will receive the Patron of the Arts Award that is presented to an organization whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission. 

Woodbury University has a long tradition of educational excellence. Since 1884 the institution has built a reputation for creative professionalism and a community defined by engagement, innovation and transformation. With two dynamic campuses, one on the border of Los Angeles and Burbank, one in San Diego, and a gallery space on the iconic Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Woodbury University is at the epicenter of innovative creative transformation in Southern California. Woodbury’s focus on personalized education and close faculty-student interaction transforms students into innovative professionals who will excel in their chosen fields, contribute responsibly to the global community and make lifelong career connections. www.woodbury.edu

Christine DeMoreArts For All Educator Award:  Christine DeMore

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.

Christine DeMore is currently the Vocal Music Director at Jordan Middle School in Burbank where she has four award winning choirs and over 300 students in the program every year.  She is an adjudicator for the Southern California Vocal Association and the national Music in the Parks festival program.  She is a guest conductor and clinician for concert and show choirs throughout Southern California.  In the past she served on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA as vocal coach and music director in the theater school. Christine served 9 years as adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the University of Southern California. In 2008, she was awarded the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Award. She was the 2012 – 2013 recipient of the NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) Outstanding Educator Award for the Southern Section of California. Christine received the Education through Music – Los Angeles teacher of the year award for 2013 – 2014. In 2016, she participated in Disney Performing Arts Educator Summit: Inspiring Brilliance. She is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University. Christine and her husband David, have two children and three grandchildren.

Brenda BurroughsChampion of the Arts Award:  Brenda Burroughs

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.

Very few people have been as active in volunteering in Burbank as Brenda Burroughs. She started at BPEC 23 years ago, serving as the Safety Chair and co-editor of the newspaper. She made numerous baskets for the BPEC Fashion Show, as well as for the Edison Carnivals. Brenda has been actively involved for many years with Burbank Coordinating Council, serving as Recording Secretary and helping with the Holiday Basket program. She is an active volunteer with Burbank Arts For All Foundation, helping in the office and assisting at every single Party for the Arts and Secret Art Show. In addition, she supports Family Service Agency with the Care Walk and Art Auction, the Renal Support Network with the Teen Kidney Prom and Celebrity Poker Tournament, was a Girl Scout Leader, and belonged to National Charity League. Brenda has helped with Relay for Life, served on School Site Council, and has filled numerous officer and chairperson roles at each level in PTA: Recording secretary, Financial Secretary, Auditor, Historian, 2nd VP Membership, Coordinating Council, City-wide Founders Day, as well as Honorary Service Award chairman, and Council HSA Chair for 3 years. As her husband Jim coached their three children – Kristen, Dalton, and Connor – in a variety of sports, she has always stepped in to be the team mom. All of this has been done while Brenda continues to take care of her family and work as the best hairdresser in town.

About the event:

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Place: The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608


6PM: Hosted Cocktails, Hors D’Oeuvres and Silent Auction
8PM: Dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, awards presentation and dancing to the rhythmic sounds of SPLASH

Tickets: Individual Tickets are $150

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

Advertising: Digital Advertising opportunities range from $250 to $500 to celebrate the evening’s honorees or show your support of arts education.

To Become a sponsor, place an ad, or order tickets online go to www.burbankartsforall.org or contact trena@burbankartsforall.org

About Burbank Arts For All Foundation

Burbank Arts for All Foundation believes the arts are transformative. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 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.

Beyond the engagement programs the Foundation hosts or the supplemental funding it provides for creativity and innovation in the classroom, the Foundation is dedicated to this work because it is right for the kids and the Burbank community. For the Foundation, it is not just about supporting the next artist, but also helping to foster innovative, well-rounded humans in the world.

Since 2006, Burbank Arts for All Foundation has worked in partnership with Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) to reinstate and grow arts education in the classroom through its support of BUSD’s Arts for All plan. The impact of the Foundation’s work has supported thousands of students in their academic, social and emotional growth and we have engaged a unique coalition of major studios, local businesses, media companies, parents, educators, the City of Burbank and the Burbank Unified School District in the importance of a quality arts education. www.BurbankArtsForAll.org