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The Voice Foundation Honors Chita Rivera & John Fry PLUS

The Voice Foundation Honors Chita Rivera & John Fry PLUS

Philadelphia is known for its delicious restaurants, spectacular higher education institutes, innovating hospitals, and a thriving downtown, but did you know we had the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice research, medicine, science, and education – The Voice Foundation. Over the years I have covered their gala, this year I attended my friend Christie’s wedding, you know the girl in the black wedding dress. Last week Philly Mag did an interview with her HERE about her dress, anyway my back up photographer Mike Hirata photographed the event for me, which HONORED CHITA RIVERA who I love so much. Let’s take a look.

The Voice Foundation’s annual Voices of Summer Gala took place, Friday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia. Voice

The black-tie event included awards to international singers from different disciplines: The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award was presented to Kennedy Awards Honoree and Broadway Legend CHITA RIVERA. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award is given in recognition of excellence in use of the voice.

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Mary Hawkshaw, Paulo Szot, Catherine Malfitano, Dr. Mike Benninger, Dr. Robert Sataloff (Chairman of the Board), Chita Rivera, and Drexel President John Fry.

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Walter Harris, Chrystal Williams, Henrietta Harris, and Chita Rivera.

I saw Chita’s one women show: Chita Rivera: the Dancer’s Life several times. One time when I was there Dick van Dyke did a bit with her on stage. I treasure my Playbill with their signatures on them.

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 Linda Carroll, Mara Behlau, Joan Lader, and Dr. Gwen Korovin

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Jennifer “Rodney” Hsia, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Assistant Director of Language & Voice Experience entertains the guests at the annual Voice Foundation Gala.

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Performer Dolora Zajick.

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Chrystal Williams and Paulo Szot.

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Reinaldo Scalzaretto, Cecilia Capistrano, Deborah Feijo, Mara Behlau, Paulo Szot, and Maria Russo, Executive Director of The Voice Foundation.

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David Pershica, Philadelphia native Pershica, moved to Oklahoma to be with his Chickasaw heritage family in 2015; born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love. He began working in the theater at a young age, a career that would take him around the world. Last year he wanted a simpler life, as well as to give back to his Chickasaw community. He now teaches dance in Oklahoma, including a Master Class on dance and theater, some of which was influenced by Chita Rivera, who he has been friendly with over the years.

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Jennifer Rodney, Dr. Jayme Dowdall, Dr. Lindsay Reder, and Debra McGuire.

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Chita Rivera and Dr. Robert Sataloff is Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine and Board President.

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The Voice Foundation is the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice research, medicine, science, and education.  The Voice Foundation is committed to enhancing the gift of vocal communication through:      Research to advance the diagnosis and treatment of vocal problems, including non-surgical techniques;     Sponsoring an annual, international symposium;     Publishing and distributing professional and scientific publications and video teaching materials;     Awarding research grants and fellowships;     Publishing a member newsletter for the lay public;     Disseminating information through the media to raise awareness of voice care.

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There was an extensive silent auction to raise additional funds for the organizations programs.

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The Awards.

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John Fry, appointed Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010, thanks The Voice Foundation for honoring him. In an interview with SmartCEO magazine he said his favorite books are about men who face adversities:

… the biography of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is a favorite. He had a life of privilege but with enormous adversity. I recently bought a book on Woodrow Wilson. I find these types of stories of how people confront challenges and how they deal with those challenges very inspiring.