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PSHS Richards Center for the Arts Benefit Concert

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MEDIA Contact: O’Bayley Communications – Bob Bogard 760/778-3525 • bob@obayley.net
or The Foundation for the PSUSD  – Ellen Goodman 760/416-8455 • egoodman@psusd.us
Benefit Concert Will Kick Off Valley-Wide “Grab Your Seat” Initiative for the Palm Springs Unified School District
Palm Springs, CA (November 14, 2016) – The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District announced today that pop music phenomenon PostModern Jukebox will be the inaugural concert at the newly opened Richards Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Palm Springs High School Auditorium) at a benefit concert on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. PostModern Jukebox is a rotating music collective known worldwide that creates brilliant twists on today’s pop music hits, reimagining modern songs into different vintage genres, especially swing and jazz. Tickets for the benefit concert are $125 for front orchestra seating, $95 for middle orchestra and $75 for rear orchestra and can be purchased at psusd.us/thefoundation.
PostModern Jukebox covers songs by artists ranging from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to the White Stripes. Founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee, the group is wildly popular on social media channels and has amassed more than 500 million YouTube views and 2 million subscribers. Over the years, the group has featured more than 70 different performers, and has toured four continents, but this will be the first time they will perform in the Coachella Valley.
The benefit concert is co-chaired by event co-chairs Harold Matzner and Helene Galen. Event Ambassadors include Michael Childers, Terri Ketover, and Ann Sheffer. Debbie Green of Deb Len Productions is the event producer.
This benefit concert is the kickoff event for the Palm Springs Unified School District’s landmark “Grab Your Seat” commemorative naming initiative – the cornerstone of an ambitious five-year capital fundraising campaign for arts education in the district. The “Grab Your Seat” initiative enables members of the public to name a theater seat, gallery space, or other building amenity in their or a loved one’s honor, designated by commemorative plaques, nameplates, and custom lettering.
“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of this wonderful new venue with world-class entertainment of this caliber,” said Ellen Goodman, Executive Director of The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District. “The PostModern Jukebox benefit concert is a powerful way to bring attention to our ‘Grab Your Seat’ initiative. This will be a fantastic and fun evening, unlike anything else going on this season.”
The newly opened Richards Center for the Arts was named by lead donor and Palm Springs philanthropist Rozene Supple.  Designed in 1958 by the beloved architect E. Stewart Williams, it recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that reinvigorated and retooled the Valley film, concert, and theatrical venue into a state-of-the-art performance space for students and Valley culture-lovers alike.
“This historic building has served the Coachella Valley for nearly 60 years, and has hosted world-class popular and classical entertainment of all kinds, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival,” explained Goodman. “We are thrilled to provide the public with the opportunity to be a visible part of the revamped facility through our seat- and interior amenity-naming campaign. Our ‘Grab Your Seat’ naming initiative now enables donors to directly enhance the education and the lives of district students and helps make possible arts education of all kinds in our region for decades to come.”
Inquiries regarding seat- and amenity-naming should be directed to Ellen Goodman, Executive Director, The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District, at (760) 416-8455, or via email at egoodman@psusd.us.
The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves as the fundraising arm of the District.  It is focused on making possible otherwise unfunded and underfunded initiatives in academics, health & well-being, career and college readiness, and other areas crucial to our students’ success in life.  

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Start Date: 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00pm