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On November 13, Irondale was host to
BROOKLYN LOVES BROOKLYN - A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Thanks to all the Brooklyn politiciasn and artists donated their time to make this a resounding success. So far we have raised $7,456.
To donate click here

A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Hosted by
Councilwoman Letitia James, Irondale Ensemble,
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, 80 Arts Alliance,
& Soul of Brooklyn Consortium Members

at the Irondale Center

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:30pm – 10:30pm
Doors and Bar open at 6:30 with DJ MIKEY PALMS

Tickets available online or at the door
Suggested Ticket Price $10
(But we'll be happy to send on more!)
Buy now | Can't attend? Click here to Donate!

Brooklyn's dynamic arts organizations will present 10 minute samplings of the best they have to offer in dance, drama, music, spoken word, readings, and visual arts towards the Hope and Healing of our beloved BK.

Co-Organized by: Congressman-Elect Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman-Elect Walter T. Mosley, Councilwoman Letitia James, District Leader Renee Collymore and the 88th Precinct

Hosted by Ralph McDaniels and Laurie Cumbo

Participating Arts Organizations include:

ActNow Arts Foundation, Inc.
Alexandra Beller/Dances
BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn featuring Dan Zanes
BOMB Magazine
Brooklyn Ballet
Brooklyn Music School
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Haiti Cultural Exchange
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Irondale Ensemble Project
KowTeff African Dance Company
Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble
Mark Morris Dance Group
New York Writer's Coalition
Noel Pointer Foundation
Purelements An Evolution in Dance
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company
Scenarios USA
SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists)
The Actors Fund Arts Center
The Town House Art Gallery
Urban Bush Women

All proceeds will be divided between REACHING OUT COMMUNITY SERVICES and RED HOOK INITIATIVE, Brooklyn-based charities directly involved in Sandy relief and recovery work in Coney Island and Red Hook. The program will be rebroadcasted by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

For more information and to volunteer contact: Irondale 718 488-9233 or email Maria Knapp at

In response to the heartbreaking effects of Hurricane Sandy, cultural organizations in Downtown Brooklyn are taking action. Tuesday, November 13, the Irondale Center will host “Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn” an evening of performances featuring the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, 80 Arts Alliance, Soul of Brooklyn Consortium Members, Council Member Letitia James, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Irondale Ensemble and more! Laurie Cumbo, Founder of MoCADA will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Arts organizations will present dynamic work in all mediums ranging from film and dance to theatre and poetry inspired by a theme of hope and healing. Artists throughout Brooklyn have been eager to respond, and the roster will be determined by the end of the week.

Councilwoman James and Laurie Cumbo, Founder of MoCADA approached the Irondale Ensemble with the idea for the relief benefit. Irondale was originally scheduled to host its own annual gala, the M. Edgar Rosenblum Awards but quickly changed its plan. “We felt that we had to respond to this call.” said Irondale’s Executive Director, Terry Greiss. “With so much pain and suffering so close to home, this has to take precedence. We’ll reschedule our event for the spring. Our sponsors and honorees all support this effort and we’re proud to have been asked to host it.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Reaching Out Community Services Food Pantry in Coney Island and the Red Hook Initiative who have been working around the clock to provide on the ground relief and support during this challenging time in our beautiful Borough.

Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn
A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30 - 10pm (Live DJ 6:30-7:30)
Box Office opens at 6:30PM
Tickets available online or at the door
Suggested Ticket Price $10 (But we'll be happy to send on more!)
Buy now | Donate!

Questions? Call 718.488.9233

About Reaching Out Community Services
Reaching Out Community Service’s mission is to create a caring atmosphere for the welfare of the Brooklyn communities they serve. They provide food subsidies through their supermarket style client choice food pantry and assistance in applying for social services such as Social Security, food stamps, housing, health insurance and other benefits that clients may be entitled to. They are dedicated to maintaining continuous growth in services to meet the goals of their mission.

About Red Hook Initiative
Red Hook Initiative believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth. In partnership with community adults, they nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society. They envision a Red Hook where all young people can pursue their dreams and grow into independent adults who contribute to their families and community.

About Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance
DBAA is a coalition of 30 cultural groups organized to connect and serve Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations, to communicate their impact on Downtown Brooklyn and to actively mobilize the best interests of artist communities.

About Irondale
Through the power of the ensemble process, Irondale creates and presents theater, performance and education programs that challenge traditional assumptions about art, and help us to better interpret contemporary culture. The Irondale Center, our theater, laboratory and classroom, is a home for ensemble artists of all disciplines and cultures, and a resource for our community.