This past weekend I had the pleasure of providing the music for the Charity Ball Gala at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, for my 8th consecutive year. The event is always in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City, and the guest list is a who’s who of powerful members of the community. In prior years, the featured speakers and entertainers have been Henry Kissenger, Marvin Hamlish, David Brenner, Judy Collins, Bebe Neuworth. This year Starlight was to be the sole entertainment; opening and closing the evening with the dazzle we are known for, and performing fabulous dance music in between. The Starlight Custom String Ensemble (featuring jazz harp) plays uplifting showtunes as guests arrive through the Silver Corridor, and also entertains during the dinner portion. This year’s guest of honor was Scott Greenstein, the CEO & Chief Content Officer of Sirius XM Radio. I am always especially honored to make the introductions and be the onstage “Emcee” of the evening.
It was a wonderful night, as usual, and perhaps even more special since we were asked to really “step it up” this year and show the guests a particularly exciting time. Below is the letter I received from her after the event.

“Valerie

Thank you!!! You are your orchestra were nothing less than spectacular last night!! The best ever! I know we have placed limitations on you in the past, but you were amazing when allowed to do what you obviously do so well. The energy in the room was phenomenal. Thanks for making us all look so good.

Thanks once again for a wonderful evening…on to 2010! Helene”

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