By Julia Corrigan
Middle and high school students from Trenton, along with Westminster Choir College students, were among those who performed at the Trenton Public Education Foundation (TPEF)’s first annual dinner, auction and theater night.
The “Spotlight on Any Given Child” gala was held on Oct. 10 in celebration of TPEF’s recent membership in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Program, Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child (AGC). Trenton is the 19th partner site in the nation to join this program.
“The students were the perfect demonstration of why the arts are so important in the development of the whole child,” executive director of TPEF Ellen Mushinski said in a statement.
The celebration also recognized Georgeanne (Georgie) Gould-Moss for the gift she made to sponsor the program in Trenton. The donation was presented in honor of her late father, Dr. Kenneth S. Gould, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist who dedicated his career to early child development.
“I am always behind supporting others — giving people a chance,” Gould-Moss said in a statement. “When I learned about AGC as a national committee member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, I thought, ‘This has to be in Trenton.’ It’s the reason I’m here — to have Trenton have this chance through the Kennedy Center.”
Dean of Students and TPEF co-chair Anthony Campbell said the first gala was a great success.
“We are so grateful to Georgie for making this program possible for the students in Trenton,” he said in a statement.