Thank You for Making EVC’s 30th Anniversary Benefit a Huge Success!

benefit14_stagebrightThank you all for making our 30th Anniversary Benefit a huge success! We kicked off this milestone year with this memorable highlight video, and were fortunate to have acclaimed film director and activist Eugene Jarecki give eloquent opening remarks. We honored literacy and small school reformers Lena Townsend and Deborah Meier. Special thanks to Fannie Lou Hamer H.S. Principal Nancy Mann for accepting Deborah Meier’s award on her behalf. We also premiered two very timely and powerful youth documentaries on teen depression and drugs (available now by emailing, which are already being used by NYU’s Social Responsibility for Educators seminar. To see photos from the event, “like” our Facebook Page and check out our albums.

We are also thrilled that we surpassed our goal — raising a record-breaking $40,000! We are grateful to each and every one of our supporters and want to particularly thank event sponsors: Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Bowne Foundation and Gigantic Pictures, as well as our 30th Anniversary Benefit Committee Chairs Jill Herman, Sophie McConnell, Karen Ranucci, Michael Ratner, Sherri Wolf, Torrance York, and Joe Hall & Ghetto Film School. We received generous in-kind contributions from Cha Pa’s Noodles & Grill, Costco, Luna Bars, Q Drinks, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. Last but not least, big thanks to our staff, board of directors, and benefit committee for their tireless efforts. We hope you will join us as we continue to celebrate with events throughout the year!