Burbank Arts for All Foundation Presents:

7th annual PARTY FOR THE ARTS Gala

On April 20, 2018 at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood



NBCUniversal with the Patron of the Arts Award

Guy Myers, Theatre Teacher, John Burroughs High School, with the Arts for All Educator Award

Penny and Michael Zambrano, with the Champion of the Arts Award


Burbank, California – January 30, 2018– Burbank Arts for All Foundation is proud to host its seventh annual gala event – Party for the Arts – honoring three exemplary stewards of creativity and innovation: NBCUniversal will be presented with the Patron of the Arts Award; John Burroughs High School’s Theatre Teacher Guy Myers will receive the Arts for All Educator Award; and volunteers Penny and Michael Zambrano will be honored with the Champion of the Arts Award.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, Burbank Arts for All Foundation is thrilled to celebrate three leaders who have helped to further our vision to inspire Burbank to build the finest arts education program in California. Each of our honorees are leaders of innovation and have a sincere dedication to making a difference in the lives of children. We are honored to share their stories with our larger community,” stated Board of Directors Co-Chairs, Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice, in making the announcement.

This year’s gala celebration will be held at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, April 20, 2018.  The event festivities begin at 6:00PM with hosted cocktails and a silent auction followed by a three-course dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, brief awards presentation, and dancing to the rhythmic sounds of award winning, ultimate party band, SPLASH!

All proceeds from the Party for the Arts Gala will benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit arts education foundation that, for over 11 years, has worked in partnership with Burbank Unified to further creativity in the classroom for every student in Burbank public schools and has engaged the community regarding the importance of arts education and its impact on Burbank’s creative economy.

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

Among this year’s event sponsors are NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Real Value Properties, Inc., and Logix Federal Credit Union. Co-Chairing this year’s Gala event is The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy, Volpei-Gussow Real Estates’ Karen Volpei, Communications Consultant Carrie Brown, Writer/Producer Suzanne Weerts, and Real Value Properties, Inc.’s Cathy Stevens.

“You really don’t want to miss this very fun night out supporting our mission to further creativity for kids in Burbank Unified classrooms. 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 know they will enjoy an elegant yet festive evening with fine food, hosted cocktails, music, and a lot of dancing. We guarantee a wonderful night out in support of our mission and in celebration of three stewards of creativity,” stated Trena Pitchford, Executive Director for Burbank Arts For All Foundation.


About the Award Recipients:


Patron of the Arts Award:  NBCUniversal

This award is presented to an organization whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission. 


NBCUniversal is committed to giving back to the communities where their employees live and work.  The company understands the power of arts, media and technology to inspire positive change. Because of their dedication to empowering imaginations and providing inclusive opportunities as well as the tremendous support to the Foundation and the Burbank community, the Foundation is incredibly proud to honor NBCUniversal with the Patron of the Arts Award.


NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. www.nbcuniversal.com


Arts For All Educator Award:  Guy Myers

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.


The Foundation is pleased to recognize the dedication of John Burroughs High School’s Theatre Teacher, Guy Myers, with the Arts for All Educator Award. Mr. Myers began exploring theatre in high school and went on to major in Theatre Studies at Yale University, where he served as president of the Yale Dramatic Association and learned how to run a theatre organization that produced 8 shows a year. After years of freelance work in high schools and colleges as a guest artist, director, and choreographer, he decided to pursue his teaching credential and master’s degree in Education from Mount St. Mary’s College. In 2008, Mr. Myers began teaching English and Drama at John Burroughs High School where he has created an award-winning program. The California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) has awarded his program with Top Honors for “The Crucible” (2012), “Flowers For Algernon” (2015) and “The Laramie Project” (2018) as well as an Artistic Merit Award for “Peter and the Starcatcher” (2017). Many of Mr. Myers’s students have received regional and national acting and production awards and have moved on to prestigious collegiate theatrical programs around the world. Most importantly, though, Guy Myers instills in every student the importance of self-expression and confidence that will enhance their life experience no matter the career path they choose.


Champion of the Arts Award:  Penny and Michael Zambrano

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.


The Foundation is thrilled to honor longtime volunteers Penny and Michael Zambrano with the Champion of the Arts Award. Penny and Michael Zambrano have been constant, active arts education volunteers for over 15 years. They have held volunteer leadership roles in various fundraising and arts education programs for BUSD schools including Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, John Muir Middle School, and Burbank High School. Their journey through volunteerism followed the passions of their children whether it was at a school concert, an after-school program, a dance performance or a vocal music production. Michael and Penny determined when their kids were young that they would support these opportunities in our public schools, not only for their children, but also so all kids had the chance to participate. As a family team, they’ve made a difference in the lives of many kids, as positive roles models and a caring cheer squad for every child. For many years, they have also gone above and beyond to support the mission of the Foundation. As volunteers, Penny and Michael Zambrano are always willing to cheerfully lend a hand, or raise a dollar, making them a prime example of volunteerism and philanthropy in Burbank.


About the event:


Date:  Friday, April 20, 2018

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

Time:  6PM: Hosted Cocktails and Silent Auction      8PM: Dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, awards presentation, live auction 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 on the big screens 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 go to www.burbankartsforall.org/party-for-the-arts


About Burbank Arts For All Foundation:

Burbank Arts for All Foundation believes the arts are transformative for kids. 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). The impact of the Foundation’s work supports thousands of students in their academic, social and emotional growth every school year 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


For press information, contact Trena Pitchford, Executive Director, at Trena@BurbankArtsforAll.org or 818-736-5269