8pm – Fundraiser for Performing Stars of Marin
Friday, February 8 @ 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Successful results have been achieved due to the dedication and determination of The Founder, Felecia Gaston, support from community partner organizations who provide scholarships and enrichment opportunities, and thousands of hours of dedication from community volunteers.
The organization operates on a small budget provided by individuals, organizations, businesses
In Marin County, the average family income is $100,000 yet there are children who live in isolated and/or segregated communities where poverty is concentrated and the average family income is $18,000 or less. Performing Stars’ focus is to serve young people where lack of opportunity often overshadows their hopes and dreams.
Performing Stars’ students typically lack the adult support, exposure, nutrition, and equipment needed to feel confident in any new situation. Performing Stars serves as the “security blanket” which helps make it possible for “our children” to try new things and succeed.
Performing Stars is diligent in researching the needs of both our program partners and prospective students in order to place the students in appropriate scholarships while helping to resolve any obstacles in the student’s path. The relationship between self-esteem and personal success has been documented many times. Performing Stars provides a broad-based support, giving each child the tools to move forward into adulthood with confidence.
Since 1990, Performing Stars has served over 1000 low-income and at-risk children with little paid staff, other than Felecia (and her determination)! Children enroll between ages three and five and the program provides scholarships and enrichment experiences to them until the age of 12 or 13 when they enter junior high and are encouraged to take the skills and confidence they have learned and actively participate in school activities.
Twenty five years of history shows that youth participating in Performing Stars have become strong young people who are poised to make good personal decisions.
Of the original group of children, 25 years ago, 99% completed high school, which was a rarity for
at-risk children at that time! This first little group produced many success stories: one is a professional dancer with the Boston Ballet, another, a Dominican University graduate, danced with Alonzo King Lines Ballet Company in San Francisco and recently danced professionally in Europe. Another graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has been accepted to the University of San Francisco
Law School. One is the office manager for a building supply company. Another is an assistant store manager in Northgate Mall. Several others are business owners.
The success stories of the “stars” who followed this first little group also go on and on. In addition, Performing Stars has helped to develop a new generation of parents who are involving their own children in cultural and educational experiences and many of these parents now volunteer for Performing Stars.
Performing Stars success lies in:
- connecting our participants with scholarships and enrichment opportunities provided by community partners
- providing support services such as uniforms, supplies, nutritional snacks, chaperones and transportation
- providing field trips that broaden children’s horizons from an early age
- providing workshops that teach and develop life skills, manners, social graces and self-confidence
At all times, Performing Stars encourages each participant to develop their own self-reliance, with the ultimate goal of helping them become individuals who are capable of “performing” the leadership roles necessary to help their next generation.