Hope in Harmony charity receives outpouring of local support

When Stamford resident and entrepreneur Christine Occhino started the new Hope in Harmony registered 501(c)(3) charity seven months ago, she could not predict the overwhelming support she would receive from her community. “In a matter of weeks we have received over $4,000 in monetary and gift donations for the fundraiser to be held at The Pop Music Academy 4th Annual Showcase on Saturday, January 23,” explains Christine, owner of the music academy and recording studio at 980 Hope Street in Stamford. The proceeds from ticket sales (starting at $15), sponsor/ad support, and gift baskets from the Showcase will go towards fulfilling the mission and getting operations off the ground for Hope in Harmony. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event at Stamford’s Westhill High School auditorium may be purchased online at ThePopMusicAcademy.com, by calling 203-322-4POP (4767), in person at The Pop Music Academy at 980 Hope Street (2nd floor) in Stamford, or purchased at the door.

Hope in Harmony uses music and entertainment to support the healing process, uplift the spirits, and improve the quality of life for patients in healthcare facilities. Volunteer professional musicians and facilitators work with a wide variety of patients of all ages to support them during their hospitalization due to illnesses that keep them overnight, or in hospice or long-term care. Musicians perform privately in patients’ rooms, or occasionally for small groups in the common areas. “We will be providing instrument, songwriting, and voice lessons for youth and adult patients as well give patients the opportunity to record their own music with a Mobile Recording Studio,” says Christine. The organization also aims to raise awareness and educate people about the many health benefits that music can provide, and use music to help those in need within the community as well. Anyone wishing to be a volunteer facilitator or musician, or to donate to Hope and Harmony can find details at HopeInHarmony.org.

The Pop Music Academy’s Annual Showcase to benefit Hope in Harmony will feature singers, musicians, a live band, and professional performers as well as be attended by notable entertainment industry reps. The live band and professional talent consists of performing artist and Academy owner Christine Occhino, esteemed Stamford jazz vocalist Richard “Cookie” Thomas, Academy instructors Aaron Staniulis (Ithaca College School of Music, The Roots, SNL Band) as Musical Director and on bass; Emma Borrie (Berklee School of Music, Carly Simon, Paula Cole) on keyboard; Sky Clark (Berklee School of Music, Joe Stump, Don Lappin) on guitar; and Jason Staniulis (Lauryn Hill, Travi$ Scott, Mark Ronson, Pitch Perfect 2, Anna Kendrick, A$AP Rocky, Peter and John, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson) on drums.

The featured student performers will be Aaron Stark (Stamford), Abigail Anderson (Stamford), Alyssa Fish(Stamford), Alyssa Goldberg (Stamford), Anastasia Zygmont (Cos Cob), Annabel Regan (Stamford), Antonia Bellapianta (Stamford), Bella Martinez (Stamford), Brooke Bocuzzi (Stamford), Brooke Niegler (Stamford), Caleigh Radzin (Greenwich), Cassie Culhane (Stamford), Chiara Schmidt (Greenwich), Eva Allison (Stamford), Gabe Zirogiannis (Weston), Hadley Rosenberg (Cos Cob), Hannah Allison (Stamford), Hannah Cassara (Stamford), Jade Rueda (Stamford), Jena Boccuzi (Stamford), Joye Spears (Stamford), Julissa Ramos (Stamford), Kaitlyn Brennan(Stamford), Karthika Siva (Stamford), Leilani Flores (Stamford), Lizzie Pettee (Rowayton), Luca Noriega (Darien), Mia Ayala (Stamford), Mia Niegler (Stamford), Mia Petruzzo (Stamford), Naama Teitel (Stamford), Nina Giancola (Stamford), Olivia Rayner (Riverside), Rachel Weiner (Stamford), Sarah Eisenstein (Stamford), Sarah Goldberg (Stamford), Shayla Hernandez (Stamford), Sophia Seeger (Stamford), Sophia Zanga (Stamford), Sophie Teitel (Stamford), Swati Sriram (Stamford), Tamara Segal (Stamford).

Christine Occhino, owner of The Pop Music Academy in Stamford, received more than $4,000 in monetary and gift donations for her new registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization Hope in Harmony (HopeInHarmony.org). The gift baskets will be part of the fundraising efforts at The Pop Music Academy 4th annual Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at Westhill High School. For details and tickets visit ThePopMusicAcademy.com

Christine Occhino, owner of The Pop Music Academy in Stamford, received more than $4,000 in monetary and gift donations for her new registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization Hope in Harmony (HopeInHarmony.org). The gift baskets will be part of the fundraising efforts at The Pop Music Academy 4th annual Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at Westhill High School. For details and tickets visit ThePopMusicAcademy.com

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