This year’s third annual gala was full of food and friends as we celebrated El Sistema Around the World at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Through our silent auction, raffle, and fund in need we raised $82,000 for KidZNotes students! Between the generosity of our supporters and the music provided by local musicians, teachers, Durham Academy’s In the Pocket, and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, it was truly an uplifting evening.

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of KidZNotes!

We would like to give one last, big thank you to all the sponsors of this year’s gala, without whom it could have been such a success!

Restaurants & Vendors:


Platinum Sponsors:

Cormetech, Inc.

Gold Sponsors:

Wells Fargo
Phail & Peggy Wynn, Jr.
Seventh Generation
Cecile Noel

Silver Sponsors:

Dr. Bettye Penick
Hugh & Lianne MacGregor
Ed Holmes
The Idler Family
Elizabeth Taylor
Dory Van Duzer, Back-In-Time Farms
Kathleen Morrison
Patrick Conley
Nancy Davis
Manifold Recording
Saw Island Foundation/Mosbacher Family- In Honor of Kathleen Morrison


Bronze Sponsors:

Janet and Edward Wyatt
Annie and Howard Clement
Noel James
Wendy Scott
Nancy Reed
Paul & Cora Harrison
Rosemarie and Joseph Gulla
 Tempus Durham
NC Mutual Life Insurance
Acorn Foundation
Patricia Beyle
Gordon & Sophia Caudle
Paul & Jennifer Steelman
Roberta Bender


Patron Sponsors:

Robert Dillard Teer
Moss & Ross
Scott & Barbara Laird


Another big thanks goes out to Durham Magazine for their coverage and photos of our event! Check out their story here:


Visit our Facebook page for photos from the event, and be sure to share your photos from the gala!

 Watch Rhiannon Giddens, Durham Academy’s In the Pocket, and the KidZNotes Beethoven Orchestra perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice” and all the uplifting performances on our YouTube Channel!