The Bloomingdale Family Program is thrilled and honored to host a 55th Anniversary Benefit featuring Suzanne Vega on Monday evening, November 23 at el Museo del Barrio, Fifth Avenue at 104th Street.
Please join us as we celebrate 55 years of providing quality early education and family services to our Upper Manhattan community.
We will gather for an evening of celebration featuring long-time Bloomingdale friend and renowned singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega.
The reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and the music of cellist Gabriel Royal will be followed by an hour-long private concert by Suzanne Vega in el Museo’s historic theater, which showcases artist Willy Pogany’s award-winning murals commissioned in 1922.
Proceeds from the event will support the Bloomingdale Family Program’s nationally recognized programs providing early education, preventive services, afterschool enrichment, and parent development to families in need in Upper Manhattan.
Within our vibrant and diverse upper Manhattan community, Bloomingdale is bridging cultural and economic barriers to help neighborhood families get involved with the children at the Bloomingdale Head Start program. “When a family adopts a classroom, everyone benefits,” says Margot Heinlein, Bloomingdale’s Director of Development. “The visits of one family who come to read with a classroom of four-year-olds – bringing books which become part of the classroom library – have developed into a partnership with the independent school their children attend. Classroom visits now bring 4th graders as reading partners for Bloomingdale preschoolers, who in turn share their fluency as Spanish-speakers with their partner-class’s language learners. Another project grew out of the desire of a family’s teen-age daughter to share her love of literature by creating a book club for school-age children in our afterschool Homework Help program. The book club is growing in enrollment and ambition, and is becoming a permanent part of what we offer to children and families at Bloomingdale.”
Adopt-a-Classroom is individually tailored to a family’s goals for themselves and their children, as well as the needs of the program. “Families get involved when they make a tax-deductible contribution to the program, and then seek opportunities to create a meaningful experience for their own children,” Ms. Heinlein said. “In a diverse community like ours, Adopt-a-Classroom is a beautiful way both to give to this outstanding program for children and families, and to benefit in return.”