First Night Alexandria Announces Contributions to Alexandria Public Schools Band, Choir and Orchestra Programs

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Ann Dorman, ADorman@FirstNightAlexandria.org or 703-626-1266

Alexandria, Va. (March 17, 2015) – The Board of Directors of First Night Alexandria has announced that in Celebration of First Night Alexandria’s 20th Anniversary, the organization will contribute a total of $3,900.00 to band, choir, and orchestra programs at Jefferson Houston School, two Alexandria middle schools, and one high school. With these contributions, First Night Alexandria will have donated a total of $17,585.00 to these programs since 2011.

“We had another successful First Night Alexandria! I want to thank Alexandria’s citizens for making it possible for First Night to increase our donations from past years, by clicking on the link we added to our website to make donations. We raised an additional $590.00 above the donations the Board had planned for this year, which really helped us make a difference,” said Lori Quill, First Night Alexandria Board Member. “I also want to say thank you to the students, directors, and parents who volunteered to be a part of the Pyramid Concert on First Night, and our other volunteers who ensured that our First Night event ran perfectly.”

L-R: Jonathan Jones, George Washington Middle School Orchestra Director; Caroline Simmons, George Washington Middle School student, Kendrick Garcia, F.C. Hammond Middle School student, Veronica Jackson, F.C. Hammond Middle School Orchestra Director; former Mayor Kerry Donley, First Night Alexandria Board Member; Sydnie McCain, T.C. Williams High School student; Dr. Tzu-ching Tai, T.C. Williams High School Orchestra Director

The checks to the Orchestra, Band, and Choir for three schools, T.C. Williams High School, George Washington Middle School, and Francis C. Hammond Middle School, were presented by former Mayor and First Night Alexandria Board Member Kerry Donley, and First Night executive director, Ann Dorman.

First Night Alexandria (FNA) is the largest family-friendly, budget-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event in the region. FNA began in 1994 as a celebration of the New Year through the performing arts.

Coffee shops, retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase a variety of talent. First Night celebrations take place around the world, founded in 1976 by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve revelry. To learn more, visit FirstNightAlexandria.org.

L-R - Madelyn Schneider - TC Williams Choir President, Nikkia Griffin - FC Hammond MS Choir Director, Jasmine Garner - FC Hammond MS Student, Ann Dorman, First Night Alexandria executive director, Mark Berry - George Washington MS Student, Anne Provencher - George Washington MS Choir Director