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Arts Lovers Turn Out for HEARTS

Dedicated group is committed to enriching the arts in Port Washington public schools.

Supporters of the arts were out in full force Wednesday evening at H on The Harbor. They were there to learn about new initiatives of HEARTS, or Helping Enrich the Arts in Port Washington Public Schools.

HEARTS is the nonprofit behind , which last year  in Port Washington Public Schools.

Wedensday evening's mixer and informational meeting was filled with music, hors’doerves, and of course mingling.

The organization’s Chairman and Founder Damon Gersh deemed the evening a success.

“HEARTS is thrilled with the overwhelming response we've received in support of the arts in Port Washington and it's public schools,” Gersh said.

“We're very proud of our accomplishments in our first year as a new community organization and look forward to continuing to grow the organization and make an even bigger impact in the years ahead,” he noted.

The groups is already committed to funding a new $3,000 dance workshop program for all kindergarteners attending Port Washington Schools. It also provided $3,500 in discretionary arts grants at the beginning of the school year to the district's HSA cultural arts committees to support the creative arts programs and resources provided to local students.

HEARTS is now in the early stages of planning its next PortFest Music, Arts and Community Festival, scheduled for May 11, 2013.

The group “will be looking for other opportunities to partner with those in our community who share a commitment to supporting, enriching and promoting the arts and arts education in Port Washington,” Gersh said.  “We welcome volunteers who want to help our efforts.”

Learn more by emailing heartspw@gmail.com.

Brian January 18, 2013 at 05:10 AM
"Hearts"-Thanks for your honest mission to enrich the arts in the PWUFSD. The children and Dr. Mooney will be forever greatful. Mr. Gersh, you should contact your recent guest Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio for ToNH donations. Last year her boss Jon Kaiman gave away our tax money to another non-profit group called the RFAMBPW,inc.--200K. Actually, contact a senior member from the PW- BOE-Larry Greenstein, he is a director from the RFAMBPW, he should help the arts. Damon, money is also available from the 5-local villages, they all collect a technology tax-a/k/a-tv-tax-"Video franchise Fee". ie.-Mayor Bob Weitzner from Port Wash. North has been collecting this money for years without a P.E.G.-channel to support-Pure Fraud. The PWUFSD-BOE- along with Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio could help secure close to $$800K+ every 4-yrs. from the ToNH and local villages who all collect this outdated tax. "Hearts"-keep up the good work and never let the children of Port Washington participate in Jon Kaimans garbage fashion show.
Jason January 19, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Very Well said. Brian you do no that DeGiorgio has been sucked into the Show with the Ring Master Kaiman. Hearts Great Job keep up the good work, it was a great night.
Team Dawg January 21, 2013 at 02:07 AM
The importance of the arts in our schools is immeasurable. The work of the Everyday Heroes in our communities that help keep them alive , even more so. You can never truly be thanked enough but we will continue to try. Thank you from Team Dawg for all you do!

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