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Monday, March 18, 2019


A musical afternoon to raise money for Nesin Scholarship

By Margaret Bruetsch - reporter/photographer

By: Margaret Bruetsch | Democrat
All of the student performers have benefitted from the Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship. Front row from left: Bella Lovett, Amelia Gleyzer, and Alexis Costa. Back row from left: Dana Kurthy, Ben Reeve, Fiona Feltman, and Lenny Gleyzer.
FORESTBURGH - Attendees were treated to local musical talent and brunch as Nesin Cultural Arts recently held its 8th annual fundraiser for the Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship at the Forestburgh Playhouse tavern.
“My husband passed away in February 2009,” Ellen Nesin explained. The memorial scholarship honors the former Monticello Board of Education member and his belief in the importance for the arts in the lives of children. “This is our only source of fundraising and it's our first brunch. The community has been very supportive.
We have about 85 people attending, but many who donated are not here.”
Every year, the funds raised at events like the brunch are awarded to local students in Grades K-12 for scholarships to help students afford music lessons. The scholarships are awarded to seniors from the Monticello High School who will be studying music or the arts in college. To date, Nesin Cultural Arts has awarded 16 scholarships and serves over 400 students year-round.
While donors enjoyed brunch provided by Franklin Trapp, Jill Behling-Padua and the Forestburgh Tavern, they were also treated to performances by seven students who benefitted from the Eugene D. Nesin scholarship including 2017 scholarship recipient Alexis Costa, a freshman at New Paltz studying theatre.
“This is very different because what we've done in the past is a Faculty Recital,” Master of Ceremonies Lori Orestano-James said. “This year, we decided you should see where your funds are going.”
Performers included vocal students Bella Lovett and Amelia Gleyzer, piano student Lennie Gleyzer, flute students Fiona Feltman and Dana Kurthy, guitar student Ben Reeve, and the 2017 Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship recipient, Alexis Costa.
“The kids are the most important part of this,” Nesin said.

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