Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, hosted a gala event for Exploring the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 4, which raised over $1.2M for arts education in NYC public high schools.
17-time Grammy winner Sting opened the evening with a performance followed by gala host Katie Couric, who conducted an on stage interview with students supported by Exploring the Arts programs.
The evening was capped by a performance by 17-time Grammy winner Tony Bennett. Barbara Walters presented the Exploring the Arts Award to Deborah and Allen Grubman for their long-standing support of the arts.[ Also Read: Story of Oldest Vocal Artist Tony Bennett on PBS ]
Among the 400 guests attending the event at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, were Jon Bon Jovi, Alec Baldwin, Regis and Joy Philbin, Lorraine Bracco, Bryant Gumble, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governor Mario Cuomo, Donna Karan, Clive Davis, and Elaine Wynn.[ Also Read: Get Artsy in Art Academy from Nintendo ]
Tony Bennett commented, “There is no debate that the arts have a crucial role to play in our children’s education and it should be everyone’s mandate to ensure that they are protected in our public school curriculum. My wife Susan and I want to thank everyone who has supported the arts and all those who attended our gala this evening.”
Founded in 1999 by American singer and painter, Tony Bennett, and his wife, Susan Benedetto, Exploring the Arts’ aim is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education.
In the picture above: Katie Couric, Tony Bennett, Susan Benedetto and Sting attend the 6th Annual Exploring the Arts Gala hosted by Tony Bennett And Susan Benedetto at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 4, 2012 in New York City.