For one special night, Broadway’s biggest stars came together for a musical evening of inspiration - truly an event like no other. With close to 1,000 attendees, Covenant House New York hosted A Night of Broadway Stars at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Not only does the event draw needed support for the continued mission of Covenant House New York, but also celebrates the inspiring homeless youth who are now independent young adults and those still trying to find their way.
The entertaining and inspiring production taking place in Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater was directed by Covenant House International Board of Director member Jeff Calhoun (Newsies), and emceed by Seth Rudetsky. All musicians and 23 performers, who included six-time Tony winner and Covenant House International Board of Director member Audra McDonald (Shuffle Along), Rory O’Malley (Hamilton) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), all donated their talents for one unforgettable evening.
During the show, Broadway actress and Covenant House International Board of Director member Capathia Jenkins, led the celebration of three Covenant House residents, Adrian, Famous and Jenesis. These talented young people spent three weeks collaborating with a Broadway songwriter to compose a song which was inspired by their pasts, presents and futures and then took to the stage at the event to perform their original song alongside their collaborators. Each young man and woman serving as an important reminder of why A Night of Broadway Stars and your support are so important to our mission.
Included between iconic songs, A Night of Broadway Stars annually honors significant individuals who give tremendously to CHNY’s work. This year, the honorees were Chris and Kimberly Clarke of PureGrowth Partners. Chris, a member of the Covenant House International Board of Directors, and his wife, Kimberly, share a passion for making a difference in the world through a variety of philanthropic endeavors. The Clarke’s are committed to causes where they can see – and be an active part of – the impact being made on underserved populations, it was the night’s great honor to congratulate their efforts and generosity toward Covenant House youth.
Finally, the Beacon of Hope Award, presented by Covenant House International President Kevin Ryan, was presented to Neil Berg, composer/lyricist, and his wife and Broadway performer, Rita Harvey. Neil performed an original piano piece for the audience following his acceptance.
This year’s event raised over $1.2 million making a significant impact on our kids. Since last June, over 57,000 youth have been served through our outreach and residential programs across the United States, Canada and Latin America. 2,018 of them found their fresh start just a few blocks from Lincoln Center at our Crisis Shelter in New York. A successful event leads to successful kids, and thanks to the immense support from this special event, Covenant House New York’s work will continue to thrive for our youth.