3 Special Live Interviews from the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit in San Francisco

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The 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit took place on May 16th. The event, held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, was a monumental success! Led by our inspiring Heart and Humanity Champion Chris Britt (Chime CEO and CoachArt board member), a packed crowd of more than 500 guests celebrated the positive impact of CoachArt and enjoyed inspiring speeches from honoree Chris Britt, volunteer of the year Kendell Hardy, and star student Chanita. With the generous support of everyone in attendance, we raised an outstanding $946k to bring arts and athletics to kids impacted by chronic illness! See the highlights of the sixth annual CoachArt Children’s Benefit here.

As guests were arriving to support CoachArt, we had the opportunity to conduct a few special Facebook Live interviews with CoachArt Benefit honorees and CoachArt students. Watch and Enjoy!

 


Moment #1: Facebook Live from the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit with CoachArt Students

CoachArt Students Participating in the 2019 CoachArt Children's Benefit in San Francisco

CoachArt Students Participating in the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit. Photo by Julia Zave Photography.

CoachArt Marketing Director Roxanne Doche interviews CoachArt students about their favorite CoachArt activities and what participating in CoachArt programs means to them. Facebook Live Version

Roxanne: Can you tell the other kids out there that are watching why you love CoachArt?

Aura (CoachArt Student): CoachArt is a place where we can all have fun, make new friends, and connect.

Amirah (CoachArt Student): I think CoachArt is about, for people who think, just because they have a disability or something you can’t do, CoachArt makes you feel like you can! So then, you’re not left out, because there’s a whole bunch of people with different things and you just want to be you during this time. When I’m at CoachArt, I just want to be me.

 


Moment #2: Facebook Live from the CoachArt Children’s Benefit with Heart and Humanity Champion, Chris Britt

CoachArt Co-Founder Zander Lurie and Chime CEO Chris Britt (Benefit Honoree) at the 2019 CoachArt Children's Benefit in San Francisco. Photo by Julia Zave Photography

CoachArt Co-Founder Zander Lurie and Chime CEO Chris Britt (Benefit Honoree) at the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit in San Francisco. Photo by Julia Zave Photography.

CoachArt Marketing Director Roxanne Doche interviews Chime CEO and Benefit honoree Chris Britt about making a difference for kids impacted by chronic illness and his experience as a board member of CoachArt. Facebook Live version

Roxanne: What does it mean for you to be involved with CoachArt?

Chris Britt: Tonight, it means everything! This is our biggest night of the year. We’re hoping to raise a million dollars, which funds the majority of our operating budget here in the Bay Area. It’s really a huge night, and it’s also an important night to recognize all of our volunteer coaches, all of our staff who work so hard throughout the course of the year, and also it gives us a chance to connect with the kids and the families we serve…

 


Moment #3: Facebook Live from the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit with Volunteer of the Year, Kendell Hardy

Bay Area Program Manager Melissa Birdwell-Marchi and CoachArt Volunteer of the Year Kendell Hardy at the 2019 CoachArt Children's Benefit in San Francisco. Photo by Julia Zave Photography

Bay Area Program Manager Melissa Birdwell-Marchi and CoachArt Volunteer of the Year Kendell Hardy at the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit in San Francisco. Photo by Julia Zave Photography.

CoachArt Marketing Director Roxanne Doche interviews Kendell Hardy, Volunteer of the Year, about her experience volunteering with CoachArt and the importance of giving back. Facebook Live version.

Roxanne: Everybody watching out there could be a volunteer for CoachArt. Can you tell them why they should be a volunteer for CoachArt?

Kendell Hardy: I firmly believe that everyone out there has some skill or talent that can be shared, and if you don’t know what it is, we can help you figure that out. We try to match a child with an adult, or a teenager, to learn something. If you firmly believe that you are here to help other people, then CoachArt is the place for you!

Roxanne: And you don’t need to be an expert to volunteer.

Kendell Hardy: The whole joy of this is learning together. Kids don’t need expertise. They need the company and the dedication, and just the desire to help.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these special live interviews from the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit! If you were unable to attend, but you would still like to contribute, you can still make a difference for kids impacted by chronic illness by donating to CoachArt. Your gift is guaranteed to bring joy to the lives of kids. Make a one-time Donation to CoachArt here.

 


Making a Difference for Families Impacted by Childhood Chronic Illness

CoachArt provides a transformative learning community for children impacted by chronic illness by providing no-cost lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt was founded in 2001 by Zander Lurie and Leah Bernthal in memory of Zander’s father, Dr. Arthur Lurie, a cardiac surgeon who recognized the need for long-term support and enrichment among the pediatric patient population. Today, CoachArt offers 10,000 hours of high-quality arts and athletics activities to children each year with the support of 400 volunteers and 85 partner organizations. To get involved with CoachArt as a volunteer or participate in its activities, please visit www.CoachArt.org or call 213-736-2850.

Ways to Help

Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.

Your gift today is guaranteed to improve the lives of kids impacted by chronic illness. If you were unable to attend the CoachArt Children’s Benefit in person, but you would still like to make a contribution, you can donate to CoachArt here.

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