Our annual Cocktail Party fundraiser was once again a great success! This year's honoree is Stella Spanakos, founder and supporter of organizations for the housing, training and employment of autistic youth. Broadway's Laura Dreyfuss entertained our guest with her beautiful music. A lovely evening was had by all, a beautiful venue, good food, and great entertainment. It was a so much fun visiting with friends, neighbors and family while sharing a few minutes with new and interesting people as well. For all who participated, thank you for your generosity, continued support of Hugs Across America and for helping make the evening a success. Special thanks to Hugs' dedicated Board of Trustees!
We look forward to seeing you all next year when you come join us as we raise funds to provide teddy bears for all those youngsters in need of hugs and hope when confronting a traumatic situation.
Join Hugs Across America and friends for our annual cocktail party on Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. 455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY.
Cost is $100 per person and includes buffet dinner, open wine bar and silent auction. This is our annual fundraiser with proceeds to support our program.
This year we honor Stella Spanakos, founding member of the Elija School for Autism and have also founded two foundation that benefit young adults with special needs; the Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation LTD.
Cocktail party entertainment to be provided by Music from Broadway.
Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, Hugs Across America is having its 10th Anniversary Cocktail Party fundraiser to continue bringing hope to children in crisis everywhere. Join us for a buffet dinner, open wine bar and our always popular auctions and raffles. This year we are honoring Father Kevin Smith and Constance Wang. Entertainment by the Blue Pages. Bring your family, neighbors and friends for a fun-filled evening.
Bring your friends for an evening of fun on August 7th, 2010. Music for Comfort Concert to benefit Hugs Across America featuring two very talented folk musicians!
Event: Music for Comfort Concert (to benefit Hugs Across America)
Venue: Angels & Kings (500 East 11th St, New York, NY). 21+. Cash bar. $10 suggested donation.
Date: Saturday, August 7th
Doors: 7:00pm (concert is 7:00-9:00pm). Bella Ruse opening. Sasha Papernik headlining.
Read more about the two two bands:
Sasha Papernik (headliner)
Classically trained and winner of national and international piano competitions since 1991, Sasha Papernik started writing songs as a means of reaching a broader audience, and eventually hit upon a style all her own, where raucous, virtuosic piano riffs meet smooth, lovely melodies. The intelligent, introspective lyrics are the icing on the cake. Initially crafted as solo-piano pieces, the songs developed a driving energy after some fellow conservatory musicians became Sasha’s first touring band. She built her chops the time-honored way: by playing in every tri-state area venue she could log onto her schedule, learning to give hushed atmospherics to an attentive audience and hurl blistering soul-grabbers at those who were on their twelfth beer.
"...it's Claremont’s slow burners that stand out. “Walker Evans” rolls like a journey through the Depression-era documentarian’s photographs—heartbreaking scenes whose voices “rise” and “roar” beneath a surface quieted by time; here vivid and clear once more. The soul-stirring “Okay” alternates between fragile piano tiptoeing and a restless amble, creating a heartbreaking narrative on love and loss..."
Stephen B. Griggs – MuzikReviews.com Contributor
In the last year, minimalist folk duo Bella Ruse have proven themselves to be a talented, hardworking band, going on three national tours and recording three EPs. They have also fully funded their upcoming full length album via Kickstarter.com with the generous support of their fans all across the country. Their simple but engagingly intimate show has impressed audiences from their hometown of Minneapolis to Seattle to Hollywood, and their songs Push On and Dark Horse have received radio and podcast play worldwide. After only a year together, band members Kay and Joseph are poised to make a big impact on the national scene.
This duo makes nothing short of stunningly beautiful minimal rock. It's almost impossible not to be charmed by singer Kay Gillette's warm, intimate vocals.
-Pete Kearns, Snobsmusic.net