LEAF holds fundraiser “Benefit of Culture: A Pirate Party Hullabaloo,” Aug. 7

From a press release:

LEAF holds fundraiser “Benefit of Culture: A Pirate Party Hullabaloo,” Aug. 7

WHAT:     The 4th annual Benefit of Culture: A Pirate Hullabaloo
WHERE:     Highland Brewing Company
WHEN:     Thursday August 7th 2014, 5 – 10 PM
TICKETS:     Tickets go on sale Monday, June 23, 2014 through Highland Brewing Company.  $35 for Individual / $60 for Family (2 adults tickets and their children) / $75 VIP

LEAF is excited to announce our 4th annual FUNdraising event, Benefit of Culture: A Pirate Party Hullabaloo on August 7th, at the Highland Brewing Tasting Room. This pirate themed evening of music, food, drinks, and fun will benefit six youth arts education programs locally and globally. LEAF is at the forefront of bringing multicultural experiences and arts education to Asheville and Buncombe County, through the twice-annual LEAF Festival, Benefit of Culture, other special events, and its two main arts outreach programs: LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International.

Patrons are encouraged dress in their swashbuckling best for the pirate costume contest, and enjoy live music by Sirius B and the “Swashbuckling Sea-Stars” – a secret surprise artist! In addition to LEAFy music there will be LEAF Schools & Streets Circus Performers led by Nina Ruffini, Easel Rider “Pirate Arts,” roving performing artists, and opportunities to win fabulous booty in the silent auction, including a custom built LEAF Gourd Banjo made by WNC banjo maker, Joshua Grant. LEAF will debut an original short film featuring LEAF International Costa Rica. Local HomeGrown EATS and a Highland Brewing BEER are included with ticket.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a special VIP reception at 5pm. Tickets are available online at Highland Brewing Company’s website beginning June 23, www.highlandbrewing.com/tasting-room. Individual tickets are $35; family tickets are $60, which includes admission of two adult and their children; VIP tickets are $75 per person; children under 10 are FREE. Proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International programs. For more information about Benefit of Culture, visit www.theLEAF.org.

Proceeds from the event fund both LEAF International and LEAF Schools & Streets programs. Internationally Benefit of Culture funds programs in Xocen, Mexico, where local youth learn to play native instruments, which instills local pride, and in Boquete, Panama, where students are provided the opportunity to learn a variety of art forms, including music, dance, and visual arts. Locally, Benefit of Culture funds workshops in drumming and song at Delta House and at the Wesley Grant Center with teaching artist Imhotep, salsa dance at Woodridge Learning Center with teaching artist Christine Garvin, and hip-hop dance at Burton Street Center with teaching artist Lisa Zahiya.

Benefit of Culture is made possible by generous support from Highland Brewing Company, HomeGrown and a variety of community partners. LEAF Schools & Streets is a local arts education outreach program, matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring. LEAF International collaborates with global partners to empower youth through musical traditions, enhance self-esteem, create valuable skills and foster community connections.


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