Big Hurrah 2017

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LiveConnections Big Hurrah


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia


TICKETS: $100 advance / $125 day-of
Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on November 13. No printed tickets are necessary; check-in at the registration table when you arrive.

TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED. Make a donation here.


About the Big Hurrah

The Big Hurrah is LiveConnections' annual fundraising event / feel-good party / music-making extravaganza. Join us November 14, 2017, for an evening that will refresh and inspire you — all in support of a good cause.

The party features:

  • the Connector Award honoring Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel's ExCITe Center, for innovations at the intersection of technology, education and the arts
  • the Young Connector Award (NEW!) honoring Devon Leonard, a Philadelphia student who demonstrates creativity, leadership and the ability to foster connections among people
  • performances showcasing LiveConnections' innovative & collaborative music-making, including "Cybersounds" trio Andrew Lipke, Angela Zator Nelson & David Rosen; "African-American Spirituals" trio Allen Pinkney, Luke Carlos O'Reilly & Kwasi Burgee; students from partner schools; and more!
  • drinks & hors d'oeuvres

All proceeds benefit LiveConnections' music education & community programs.





Become a Sponsor

Your company can support impactful, innovative work; reach LiveConnections' audiences with your brand; and provide networking and team-building opportunities for your team. Download our sponsorship materials for complete details.

You may pay for sponsorships online using the ticketing page (click the green "tickets" button on that page for options), or by mailing the sponsorship form and payment to the P.O. Box on the form.

(Note that some benefits are subject to deadlines; sign up by September 15 to ensure complete benefits.)

sponsorship materials




Do I need printed tickets?
No printed tickets are necessary. Please check-in at the registration table when you arrive.

What kind of food will be served?
There will be butlered appetizers and several themed food stations with a variety of meat and vegetarian options. Plus dessert!

Is there an open bar?
Draft beer, house wine and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price. A cash bar is available for other drinks.

Are there reserved seats?
$10,000 Season Sponsors will have reserved seats on the mezzanine, but otherwise everything is open seating. Food and drink will be available on the ground floor of Downstairs Live along with theater-style chairs, and any additional mezzanine space will be open for extra seating.

What is the order of the evening?
Doors open at 5:30pm. Food and drink will be available and online auction bidding will be open. At around 6:45pm we will present an exciting one-hour program featuring LiveConnections artists and students collaborating on a variety of fun and inspiring music. Following the program, dessert and coffee will be served.

What is the Connector Award?
LiveConnections has launched the Connector Award to recognize achievements in creating collaborations and fueling innovations. This year's award will be presented to Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel University's ExCITe Center. [learn more]

Tell me more about this auction.
Our online auction features fun one-of-a-kind experiences. Stay tuned for 2017 packages.

What is the suggested attire?
We're laid-back people, so we suggest "classy casual attire" - whatever you'd wear for a night out on the town. Formal wear not required.

Who will be there?
The guest list includes a cross-section of the people who make up LiveConnections' community: artists, students and teachers, donors, LiveConnections board and staff, and music-lovers of all sorts.

How do I get to World Cafe Live?
World Cafe Live is located on Walnut Street just west of 30th St, 2 blocks away from 30th Street Station and an easy walk for subway or regional rail commuters. [learn more about the venue]

Where can I park?
Metered street parking is available around World Cafe Live on Walnut Street, Lower Walnut Street (also known as Jones Way and only accessible from 31st Street), Chestnut Street and 31st Street.

After 5:00pm, the AFSCME parking lot on Lower Walnut Street becomes available for free parking by World Cafe Live guests.

In addition, there are lots/garages at Penn Park (31st & Lower Walnut Street), Cira Green (on 30th between Chestnut & Walnut) and the Left Bank (past WCL on Walnut Street). Consult each lot for fees/restrictions.

Who does the event benefit?
All proceeds support the work of LiveConnections: inspiring learning and building community through collaborative music-making. LiveConnections is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 26-2666641.



Connector Award


LiveConnections is thrilled to honor Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, with our 3rd annual Connector Award at this year's Big Hurrah. The award honors someone who shares LiveConnections’ vision for crossing boundaries and who works to build bridges, create collaborations and fuel innovation through the power of connection and relationship. Youngmoo embodies that—he’s an innovator at the intersection of science, technology, digital literacy, education, the arts, design and entrepreneurship. He and ExCITe are LiveConnections partners, spearheading the design of our “Cybersounds” Bridge Session, an interactive live experience that uses ExCITe Center technology to help kids visualize and learn about how sound works and how music can be made. And he’ll be a partner in a big project we’re launching for people with disabilities, in which he and the ExCITe Center will create a way for those who are hard of hearing to visualize music and participate in a large community singing event. [Read more about Youngmoo's work]


Young Connector Award (NEW!)


New this year, LiveConnections is presenting our first Young Connector Award to a student from our programs who demonstrates creativity, leadership and the ability to foster connections among people. This year’s recipient, Devon Leonard, is a student at Our Lady of Confidence Day School, which serves teenagers and young adults (ages 15-21) with intellectual disabilities. Devon’s teacher Diana Van Thuyne had this to say:

“Through various situations, Devon has enhanced the school community relationship between Our Lady of Confidence and Bishop McDevitt High School. Last December, not only did Devon choose the song students were to sing, but he directed his fellow students during the presentation which took place in front of the entire school. Devon was also asked to serve as the JV baseball manager for Bishop McDevitt. The coaches saw his athletic ability and felt he would be an asset during baseball practice drills. Devon has been installed as this year’s Student Ambassador which helps foster the inclusive relationship between OLC and Bishop McDevitt.”



Host Committee

(as of 09/18/2017)

Host Committee
Hilda Bacon
Clarke & Barb Blynn
Pauline Candaux & Solomon Katz
Kelly Davenport
Liz Dow+
Brian Gould & M. Tye Comer
Carole Haas Gravagno
Leonard Haas
Youngmoo Kim+
Roger LaMay
Helen Leicht+
John Orr
Hal Real & Anne Sheppard
Caroline Buck Rogers
Tony & Katie Schaeffer
Karyn Scher
Ezechial & Tiffany Thurman
Ellen Wright & James Fernandes

+current or former Connector Award recipient

Board of Directors
Hal Real, president*
Luke Butler, vice president*
Steve Barnes, treasurer
Paralee Knight, secretary
David Bradley*
Tony Brown
Val Chavenson*
Robert J. Crowder
Lori Landew
Helen Leicht
Karen Lewis
Andrew Lipke*
Tamar Oded
Rob Penn
Greg Reh
Alex Shaw
Tayyib Smith
David B. Thornburgh
Tia Wilson

Melinda Steffy, executive director*
David Bradley, founding director*
Mary Javian, LiveConnections Presents curator
Ladonna Edwards, program coordinator
Bryan Buttler, publicist

*Big Hurrah event committee


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LiveConnections is grateful for the support of numerous individuals, companies and foundations who believe in our mission and help make our programs possible.
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Big Hurrah Sponsors:
(as of 10/24/2017)

$5000 School Sponsor

Drexel University


Fox Rothschild


Philly Music Fest


World Cafe Live





$2500 Collaboration Sponsor

Brandywine Realty






Dranoff Properties


Pepper Hamilton


University of Pennsylvania





$1000 Connecting Sponsors



Ballard Spahr






Cozen O'Connor


Curtis Institute of Music


Jonathan Fink Group




ITEM Media


Law Rocks


Philadelphia Insurance Companies


RSK Advisory


TGS Financial



$500 Sponsors
The Art Shop
Benjamin Cobrin & Company
BWA architecture + planning
Coscia Moos Architecture, LLC
Grace Tavern
Keystone First
Dr. Karyn Scher
W. Michael Tuman, DMD
University City Science Center



Connector Award



Business Support



Foundation Support 2016-2017:
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Corrine R. & Henry Bower Memorial Trust
CHG Charitable Trust
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
The Allen Hilles Fund
Independence Foundation
Patricia Kind Family Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
The Presser Foundation
Rosenlund Family Foundation
Caroline J.S. Sanders Trust
The Scholler Foundation
Howell Lockhart Seiple Trust
Seybert Foundation
Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust
Paula Steinebach Trust
Strauss Foundation
Union Benevolent Association
Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial
Wyncote Foundation



Additional Support:

LiveConnections is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Additional support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, tax ID 26-2666641. The official registration and financial information of may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.