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Music Conservatory Hits Home Run with its Golf & Tennis Classic

 Wednesday, July 01, 2015

“Most Successful” Event Honored Mariano and Clara Rivera and Conservatory Veterans

Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, raised $150,000 with its 14th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic held Monday, June 29 at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Overall, nearly 230 people attended at least one part of the event, which included a day of golf and tennis, and a celebratory awards dinner. Honored were future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera and his wife Clara Rivera, longtime Conservatory trustee Robert Heath of Armonk, and Conservatory faculty member Dorothy Jonas of White Plains.

“On so many levels, it was a once in a lifetime event,” said Rodd Berro, president of the board of trustees. Berro, a longtime Armonk resident added, “This was our most successful Golf and Tennis Classic ever.”

The Riveras received the Conservatory’s Community Vision Award for their outstanding philanthropic work - specifically for their rehabilitation and restoration of a New Rochelle church, which now houses a vibrant congregation where music plays an important role. Former teammate and previous Community Vision recipient Bernie Williams presented the award. The evening also introduced the first two children to receive the Clara and Mariano Rivera Music Scholarship: Refuge of Hope parishioners Dayna Taylor Garcia and Mia Sarai Suarez.  

“Helping people makes us happy, and we realize the importance of music. We’re thankful for this honor,” Mariano Rivera explained.  


View more photos from the event here

Robert Heath received the Distinguished Leadership Award. A successful entrepreneur, he is also a serious pianist who studies at the Conservatory with Svetlana Gorokovich of White Plains.

Dorothy Jonas was honored with the Conservatory’s Lifetime Achievement Award in celebration of her 50 years of teaching piano at the school. She joined the faculty in 1965 and additionally had a major international concert career.

Following the presentations, Broadway stars Lena Hall (2014 Tony Award Winner - Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Nick Cordero (2014 Tony Award Nominee – Bullets Over Broadway), and Constantine Maroulis (2009 Tony Award Nominee - Rock of Ages) paid tribute to the honorees with a musical revue.

Proceeds from the 2015 Classic raised funds for the Conservatory’s Scholarship Program, enabling deserving students to make their musical dreams come true. Your support will help provide need-based tuition  assistance for aspiring young students to enroll in the school’s comprehensive program of music instruction, and for special needs students to take music therapy or adapted instruction. Full scholarships are also provided for U.S. military veterans through our Healing Our Heroes program.

Attendee Portal: Meet and Greet Photos

Photos by Nina Kruse/Pinsky Studio

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