Art With Heart

A pair of fundraisers championed the next generation of artists, beginning with HGO’s 31st annual Concert of Arias competition. A Champagne reception preceded the show, which highlighted eight of the most promising young singers. More than 500 guests attended the sold-out post-concert dinner in the Wortham’s Grand Foyer. And the 13th annual Encore lunch, hosted by HSPVA Friends, celebrated the school’s new Downtown campus and raised a whopping $250,000 for its programs and students.

Jacqueline and Michael Kenneally and Cynthia and Tony Petrello at ‘Arias.’
Jacqueline and Michael Kenneally and Cynthia and Tony Petrello at ‘Arias.’

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AN INTERVIEW WITH Dr. Katie Eick, CEO & Founder of Rockin' Pets, Rollin' Vets & Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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