Arts Ignite’s Glowing Benefit Event!

On Wednesday, September 20th, Arts Ignite proudly hosted its inaugural annual benefit event, GLOW! Celebrating our Arts Education Champions, at The National Arts Club. This occasion brought together guests who joined in support of arts education and the honoring of three long-time Arts Ignite supporters – Tom FitzGerald and Sheryl Calabro, esteemed former Arts Ignite board members, and Raúl Esparza, celebrated stage and screen actor. 

The evening culminated in a beautifully intimate concert experience directed by Dick Scanlan and musically directed by Mary-Mitchell Campbell with performances by Broadway’s favorites  – Ali Stroker, Ryan Shaw, Elizabeth Stanley, and Christopher Sieber. The celebration not only uplifted the incredible contributions Raúl, Tom, and Sheryl have made for arts education but also underscored the transformative power that the arts have on young minds.

For 17 years, Arts Ignite has brought arts education to young people locally in New York City, across the United States and around the world, providing opportunities for students to cultivate their creative capacity, community, and courage. In the past year alone, Arts Ignite has extended its programs to all five boroughs of New York City, four U.S. states, and on three continents, engaging over 3,200 young people in the joy of arts education. All proceeds raised for this benefit event will directly support these efforts in making the arts more accessible for young people everywhere. 

A special thank you to our sponsors:


Jeffrey Korn


Sameer Garg

Sheri Sarkisian



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids


Steven Farkas

Sidley Austin, LLP

Henry Sham

Dipti Verma


Floyd Green, III

Rick Pappas

Nancy Sarkisian

Stephanie Scott

Brian Stansifer York


Mom and Dad Calabro

Laura Chittick

Kristina Greenwood

Jacob Hadad


Tom Marshall

Lynn McDonald

Rebecca Newman

Donna Ricci

Joshua Sessions

Janine Turner

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