Thursday March 29, 2018
The South Burlington Friends of the Arts (SBFA) celebrated their inaugural gala in early March. Event chair Patrick Leduc announced the evening was a success, with the budding organization having raised enough donations to seed scholarship funds for high school students interested in the arts. “We had a great turn out and raised $8,000 through corporate sponsors, individual donations, and ticket sales,” said Leduc.
SBFA committee member Heidi Cutroni said, “It was fantastic to see the community come together to support and celebrate our students. Not only do community events like this make people feel connected to one another, they give us permission to pause, reflect, and celebrate each other.”
The gala featured the talents of Vermont favorite Rusty DeWees and WCAX’s Eva McKend as emcee, as well as renowned singer songwriter Jon Gailmor, who said, “I’m still glowing from the incredibly uplifting and hopeful evening.” In addition to other performers and artists, Leduc said students from South Burlington High School “stole the show.” He remarked, “I don’t think the average citizen realizes how much talent is right here in South Burlington.”
Leduc said, “The committee is planning a debrief of the event and will also be assessing the long-term vision of this exciting new endeavor.”
“The gala was an evening of gratitude, appreciation, encouragement, and hope,” said Cutroni, adding, “When this idea began in October, we had no idea how successful it could be and watching it all come together was truly magical”.