A Harmonious Evening: Music for Autism’s Fundraiser in Manhattan

There is something truly magical about the power of music. It can transcend barriers, connect souls, and create a sense of unity. On May 15th, 2023, Barbara Fox and Jim Freund hosted a heartfelt fundraiser at their beautiful home to support Music for Autism and our mission of sharing that power. The enchanting sounds of The Doo Wop Project filled the air, accompanied by delectable cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, creating an unforgettable evening for all. 

Displaying the Manhattan skyline, Barbara and Jim’s stunning residence was warm and inviting, providing the perfect setting for an evening of musical delight. 

While the music took center stage, the evening was also a treat for the taste buds. Delicious cocktails and an eclectic selection of hors d’oeuvres were served throughout the event, ensuring that guests’ palates were more than satisfied. From delicate canapés to mouthwatering bites, each culinary creation was thoughtfully crafted to complement the playful yet sophisticated atmosphere.

After some delectable bites, the Doo Wop Project took to the stage, ready to mesmerize the audience. This dynamic vocal group, known for its captivating harmonies and infectious energy, effortlessly transported everyone back to the golden age of doo-wop music. The Doo Wop Project’s members have charmed audiences with their extraordinary talents in renowned Broadway productions like “Jersey Boys,” “Motown: The Musical,” “A Beautiful Noise,” “Sweeney Todd,” and many more. Experiencing their unique abilities in this intimate environment was an absolute thrill.

“What a magical and inspirational evening!” said Sara Aliabadi, Music for Autism Development Committee Chair. “The Doo Wop Project regaled us with the swinging sounds of Broadway as we toasted to the incredible work of our artists and staff.  Everyone had an amazing time—and our generous donors helped to ensure that we will continue bringing the joys of music education to individuals and families affected by autism.”

As the night unfolded, it was evident that Music for Autism’s fundraiser had made a lasting impact on all those who attended. The joyous smiles, the tapping feet, and the heartfelt conversations filled the room, reflecting the magic that unfolded throughout the evening. The funds raised during this event will go towards expanding Music for Autism’s programs, allowing them to reach even more individuals on the autism spectrum and make a meaningful difference in their lives.

The fundraiser was a resounding success, bringing together music enthusiasts, philanthropists, and advocates for autism. The dazzling performance by The Doo Wop Project, coupled with the delightful ambiance and delectable refreshments, created an unforgettable experience. As we reflect on this harmonious evening, we are reminded of the transformative power of music and the profound impact it can have on individuals with autism. Thank you to all who joined our tremendous event and for supporting us through the years!

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