Summer 2018 NJ Lifestyle Magazine - Arts and Entertainment
The Schultz-Hill Foundation was founded 16 years ago with the intent to give back to the community via enrichment through the arts. The announcement of the Foundation, in a Press of Atlantic City article, was read by friend and singer/pianist Michael Feinstein. “Michael called us up to say that the next time he’s in town, he’d like to help,” recalled Gary. “Because of his connections, Michael convinced Broadway star Linda Eder to perform with him, and that was our first benefit concert, held at the Hilton.”
Since then, the Schultz-Hill Foundation has organized one benefit performance annually, the proceeds of which support the remainder of their year-long arts outreach programs for students, seniors and the community. Past benefit performers have included Marc Antonelli, Lucie Arnaz, Eddie Bruce, Julie Budd, Clint Holmes, Chris Macchio, Deana Martin, and Tami Pescatelli. The Foundation has been fortunate enough to have been at Caesars, The Claridge and Resorts with these great entertainers.
Arts Programs for Seniors, Students & the Community
With the proceeds from the annual benefit, the Schultz-Hill Foundation is able to bring a variety of arts programming to South Jersey. This includes the Music & Memories Series Senior Outreach program, where seniors enjoy free concerts from ‘big band’ to swing music to jazz at venues such as the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center and Seashore Gardens Living Center. The Community Student Outreach Program offers musical education, such as concert performances by the Bay Atlantic Symphony.
This year, the Schultz-Hill Foundation expanded its outreach in support of Public Art. In cooperation with the Atlantic City ART Foundation, the Foundation commissioned renowned local artist Edwin Rivera to paint the plain looking parking bollards at the Atlantic City Library.
In addition, its Arts Outreach Program supports local arts organizations such as the Atlantic City Ballet, and the DINA Award provides scholarships to students, educators and organizations. To date, Schultz-Hill has awarded over $125,000 in student scholarships and art/historical grants. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), and all donations are tax deductible.
“We’re able to give back because of the incredible support that we receive,” notes John, who sums up the effort in one succinct, heartfelt quote. “With the Arts, we have expression; with history we have knowledge. Together, we have our future.”
Presenting the 5th DIMENSION Featuring Florence LaRue
Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel, Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:30 pm
For its benefit concert this year, the Schultz-Hill Foundation welcomes seven-time Grammy Award winning sensation THE 5th DIMENSON featuring Florence LaRue. This high energy benefit concert will feature some of their greatest hits, including Age of Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In, Up, Up & Away, One Less Bell to Answer, Stoned Soul Picnic, and many more. THE 5TH DIMENSION is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has endeared millions of fans to its champagne soul sound.
As an original member and vocalist for the group, Florence LaRue rose to fame from humble beginnings in Glenside, Pa., to become a super star. Proving to be a woman with much more dimension, Florence LaRue’s personal journey includes her experience as the only African American girl in an all-white school. She credits her grounded beliefs and staunch confidence as protagonists to her amazing personal history. When THE 5TH DIMENSION catapulted to fame during the racially charged 1960s, many African American audiences rejected the group for being ‘too white.’ Florence LaRue’s faith endured. The audience will be uplifted and inspired by love, warmth, and the extraordinary talent of this dynamic woman, as she shares her story during this landmark performance. Florence LaRue transports audiences into her world of dreams, hopes, heartbreak, and joyful spirit.
Resorts Casino Hotel is a presenting sponsor of the event. Limited $175-per-person VIP tickets include preferred seating and a tax-deductible post-show “meet and greet” champagne/dessert party, and may be purchased online at www.schultz-hill.org. General admission seating tickets are $30; preferred seating tickets are $55. Both are available through Ticketmaster or at Resorts box office.