Press Release – Local Arts Fundraiser

For Immediate Release – July 24, 2011
Local Arts Supporters Raise Money for Convergence Ballet Company

Scottsdale, AZ – Nearly 100 people turned out Saturday night for a fundraiser held at the Starfire Golf Club in Scottsdale to support Convergence Ballet Company. The non-profit summer ballet company is currently in its second season, working hard to rehearse and complete several ballets for its August performance.

Fundraiser attendees included an array of local supporters of the arts and dance. Notable attendees include Jill Kessler, Headmaster of Pardes Jewish Day School, Michael Reed, Senior Director of Cultural Participation and Programming at ASU Gammage, and Peter Means, Director of Development at ASU Gammage

Arriving guests were greeted by the soulful sounds of live jazz music, featuring Carson Parks and Chris Peña, while wall-mounted televisions showed clips of last year’s sold-out performance. Jennifer Cafarella, Convergence’s founder and artistic director, welcomed guests and gave a presentation about the season. Company board members and its talented dancers were also on hand throughout the event.

“This has been a whirlwind summer,” says Cafarella. “We have been blessed with a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and we are humbled by the many generous supporters who attended this evening.”

During the exhilarating live and silent auctions emceed by Rabbi Marty Scharf, eager guests bid on an assortment of items, including artwork, golf packages, and sports memorabilia. They also had an opportunity to bid on gift cards donated by local businesses. For a playful twist on the evening, Convergence spotlighted their “Dress the Dancer” campaign to raise money specifically for the dancers’ costumes.

This season, Convergence has joined forces with St. Mary’s Food Bank, holding a canned food drive alongside its fundraiser and showing a video about the charity. Three large bins overflowed with canned goods and non-perishable food donated by fundraiser attendees to fight hunger in Arizona.

The event was sponsored by Associated Asset Management, Westminster Village, and Inter Wealth Management.

“The dancers and I were so pleased to actually see and feel the support for the company. The Phoenix arts community is small, but generous,” said Cafarella at the end of the evening.

Tickets are currently on sale for Convergence Ballet Company’s upcoming performance at Mesa Arts Center, on August 20 and 21.

About Convergence Ballet Company
Convergence Ballet Company is a non-profit summer dance company established in 2010. The company features professional dancers, with performances during the off-season months of the summer. Online: and
Contact: Jennifer Cafarella
Artistic Director, Convergence Ballet Company
16211 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 477
Scottsdale, AZ 85254