Monday, February 7, 2011

Block Institute's Brightest Star Awards!

Last weekend we celebrated the culmination of months of work and preparation. The 2nd Annual Brightest Star Awards were a complete success, and the caliber of the finalists was astonishing! I can only imagine how difficult the judges' jobs were!

Before the show we got to spend some time with some of the finalists, including Lois Koegan- one of the individuals I work with through Block's Expressive Arts Program!

I got to escort Barry- one of the awesome people I work with in the Expressive Arts Program!

Our esteemed panel of judges certainly had their work cut out for them!

The crowd was so enthusiastic and supportive!

Thank you to my beautiful friends, Alison Stroming- Miss New York's Outstanding Teen, Claire Buffie- Miss New York 2010, Jackie Holmes- Miss Manhattan 2010 and Christina Moore- Miss Brooklyn 2011 for helping us make this event so special!

Jackie sang "Not For the Life of Me" from Throughly Modern Millie!

And Christina danced for us!

Giving Aman his hard-earned sash!

Todd Adelman (one of my dear friends/ staff contacts at Block Institute), Aman and myself!

Congratulations Aman Khaja, the Block Institute Brightest Star 2011! I've worked with Aman as the director of the Expressive Arts Program at Block, and I couldn't be prouder! He's an all around terrific guy!

Aman with all the finalists!

Aman with his wonderful parents!

The perfect end to the perfect evening- an AMAZING performance by FLAME!