Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto hit the right note on Sunday, February 4, 2018, when EW Foundation celebrated its Fourth Annual Musical Brunch at Club Colette. The sold-out event raised funds for the educational nonprofit’s outreach programs and book provision to low-income communities. Event Chair and EW Foundation ‘Founders Society’ member, Suzanne Holmes, along with International Honorary Chair, Hermé de Wyman Miro, and Honorary Chairs, Arthur Benjamin and Gail Worth welcomed guests to the signature fundraiser.
Guests enjoyed a Bellini reception and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by two-course luncheon of Mediterranean quiche and lemon sorbet with candied violets. Springtime flowers of orchids, tulips and roses adorned the courtyard and tables. Classically-trained opera singers, Jenene Caramielo and Juliette Valle, along with pianist Robert Sharon, captivated the audience throughout the luncheon with four award-winning songs.
“It is a joy for me to chair this very important benefit,” said Holmes. “Many of the children that EWF serves find it hard to escape the harsh reality of their world. The books they receive can be the doorway that leads to a bigger, better world for them. For underprivileged children, the needs are too great, and the resources too few to provide for all that they need to nurture their bodies, their minds, and their souls. The money we raise here today will provide tools that could be life changing for children in Title 1 schools.”
Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto sponsors included TD Wealth, Suzanne Holmes, Dean and Raymer Maguire III, Laurie A. Rumaugh Family Foundation, FPL, Carol Jaeger and SED Children’s Fund, Patty Myura, Dorinda Spahr, Ibis Golf & Country Club, Dr. Gregory Albert, Breakthru Beverage Group, La Casa Hermosa of Wellington, Montblanc, Provident Jewelry, St. John Boutique, Table 26, American Humane and Dr. Robert Ganzert, Very Important Paws.
“For at risk students who are living in poverty or falling behind in school, it takes significant effort to find different ways to engage them and help put them on a better path,” said Loretta Neff, Author and Founder of EW Foundation. “Through our outreach program, Kids of Character, we’ve been able to benefit more than 13,000 children—providing them a foundation of strong core values and a positive sense of self. In low-income communities, the unfortunate ratio of books in the home is one book for every 300 children. In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 13 books per child. In their world, having a book to call their own is a mere wish – one that we can make come true.”
The brunch concluded with a raffle and ‘Call to the Heart,’ where supporters were able to directly underwrite books to be presented to a class, grade or primary school. Suzanne Holmes and Richard McCready each generously bid to sponsor a school, Kathy and Paul Sheridan bid to sponsor a grade and the following individuals bid to sponsor a class: Beth Glass, Bowie Jacobson, Carolyn Broadhead Sasso, Brandie Lowe, Cari Rentas, Chris McDermott, Misty and Ben Bauer, Madeline Fink, Dorinda Spahr, Darian Ozment, Judith Asselta Joanie Kamin, Diane Sandler and Sophia Eccleston. All guests left with a lavender “Good Deed-licious” macaron, a copy of Neff’s book, Tame Your Manners as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Humane Heroes.