Francisco J. Núñez, Founder & Artistic Director
Michael Fraccaro, Board Chair
Carolina Esquenazi-Shaio and Jared Friedberg, Gala Dinner Chairs

Gala Recap ONLINE AUCTION Corporate Sponsorships

Don’t miss this dazzling performance that will transport you to a world of joy, in the key of love.

YPC’s Gala supports young artists through our Emmy winning program of choral performances as well as our music education programs and YPC’s College Bound initiative, which ensures that 100% of our graduating seniors continue on to higher education.

YPC’s Gala is our most important fundraising event of the year and raises one third of YPC’s annual budget, supporting:

  • Scholarship fund for children from underserved communities
  • Choral education for children in NYC’s public schools
  • Programming which ensures that 100% of YPC graduates complete High School on time and are accepted to colleges of their choice


Sponsorships and Tickets

Presidential Sponsor:

12 VIP Concert and Dinner Tickets • Premium Concert Hall Seating • Listing in Playbill • Recognition as the Lead Sponsor in all season concert programs • Recognition as Gala Sponsor and Benefit Committee Member

Maestro Sponsor:

10 VIP Concert and Dinner Tickets • Prime Concert Hall Seating • Listing in Playbill • Recognition as the Lead Sponsor in all season concert programs • Recognition as Gala Sponsor and Benefit Committee Member

Conductor Sponsor:

10 VIP Concert and Dinner Tickets • Priority Concert Hall Seating • Listing in Playbill • Recognition as the Lead Sponsor in all season concert programs • Recognition as Gala Sponsor and Benefit Committee Member

Director Sponsor:

10 VIP Concert and Dinner Tickets • Preferred Concert Hall Seating • Listing in Playbill • Recognition as Gala Sponsor and Benefit Committee Member

Alumni and Artist Sponsor:

8 VIP Concert and Dinner Tickets donated specifically to alumni and guest artists • Listing in Playbill

Dinner and Concert Ticket(s):

$1,500 per seat

Concert Ticket(s) Only:

$1,250 per ticket


I am unable to attend the Gala this year but would like to make a fully-tax deductible contribution.


*Gifts can be made by check, wire, or stock. For more information, please contact Lila Newman at 212-289-7779 ext. 34 or

*Your payment less the $75 concert ticket or $350 dinner and concert ticket may be claimed as a tax-deductible contribution. (EIN: 11-3372980)


CenterCharge at 212-721-6500
Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office in person


Zoe Kalar

Founder and Global CEO of WeAre8

Zoe Kalar (formerly Sue Fennessy), Founder and CEO of WeAre8, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse who has spent her life dedicated to building businesses and technology that address big global problems in a way that supports people and the planet.

Starting MM Communications at the age of 21, Zoe grew it to over 100 people and 4 offices across Asia Pacific before successfully selling to Omnicom in 2000. Zoe has since built 3 successful businesses across the world, spanning media, data, and consumer tech. This includes founding and leading NY based global media data aggregation business, Standard Media Index, which fueled decisions for the world's largest media and finance companies and gained her recognition as an innovator to watch by Forbes.

Zoe has architected the future with WeAre8 - a social ecosystem that enables advertisers to reach over 600 Million people (US/UK/India/Australia) in a transformational way, while sharing the economics with people, publishers, communities and planet projects. With a mission to get a dollar a day to 800 Million people, this healthier evolution of social, is now supported by the world's leading advertisers and gives every validated ‘8Citizen’ a centralized wallet and a safe environment to share and make a positive impact every day.

In addition, Zoe has served as a long term chair/board member of Monash University Alumni in NY, as well as, acting as an advocate, investor and advisor to over 30 female led startups who are disruptors in their field.

Zoe is passionate about technology that supports people, addresses the economic imbalance and helps people discover the power of their voices, individually and collectively to make a positive impact in the world.

We are stronger together.


Patti LuPone

Broadway Actress & Singer

Patti LuPone is a three-time Tony Award winner for her performances as Joanne in Marianne Elliott’s award-winning production of the Stephen Sondheim George Furth musical Company, Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway revival of the Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents classic Gypsy and the title role in the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita.

Her NY stage credits include:  War Paint (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Shows for Days; The Seven Deadly Sins ( NY City Ballet); Company (NY Philharmonic); Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Award nominations); Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations); Noises Off; Master Class; Anything Goes (Tony nomination., Drama Desk Award); Oliver!; Accidental Death of An Anarchist; and The Robber Bridegroom (Tony and Drama Desk nominations).

London:  Company (Olivier Award, WhatsOn Stage Award); Master Class; Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination); Les Miserables and The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for her performances in both productions).

Opera:  The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), To Hell and Back (SF Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera-debut), Regina (Kennedy Center).

Film: Ari Aster’s Beau is Afraid (opposite Joaquin Phoenix), The School for Good and Evil (Netflix), Last Christmas, Cliffs of Freedom, The Comedian, Parker, Union Square, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.

TV/Streaming:  Marvel’s “Agatha: The Darkhold Diaries” (upcoming), “Hollywood,” “Pose,” “Mom,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Penny Dreadful” (Critics Choice Award nomination), “Girls,” “American Horror Story (“NYC” and “Coven”),” “30 Rock,” “Glee,” “Frasier” (Emmy nomination), four seasons as Libby Thatcher on ABCs “Life Goes On.”

She is a founding member of both the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and John Houseman’s The Acting Company, and the author of the NY Times best-seller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Jordan Dobson

Actor, Singer, Dancer & Instrumentalist

Broadway credits include playing Prince Sebastian in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella (OBC), Orpheus in Hadestown, Shilo in A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical (OBC), and Tony in the Ivo Van Hove-directed revival of West Side Story. Select regional work includes Hair (Two River Theatre), Austen’s Pride, Into the Woods (ACT of Connecticut), The Wanderer (Papermill Playhouse), Cabaret, Gypsy (Arden Theatre Co.), and The Color Purple (Theatre Horizon). He can be seen playing William in the new Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, directed by Bradley Cooper.