The black-tie optional event features a live-band, dancing, a silent auction and a host of table games including craps and ping-pong. Party goers were treated to a performance by a former GOTO scholar, who sang jazz and blues songs with JC Hopkins Biggish Band to kick off the night.
The event raised $20,000 for scholarships to Appel Farm Art and Music Center in Elmer, NJ. Since GOTO's founding in 2001, the tax-exempt non-profit has raised more than $1 million for scholarships, sending 135 kids to camp for 3 consecutive summers.
At camp, the GOTO scholars learn music, theater, visual arts, film and dance from working professionals. The experience gives them exposure to new forms of self-expression, helps build confidence, and provides a needed supplement to disappearing arts programs in schools.
"It really grew me out of my shell," said Alanna McIntyre, who received a scholarship in 2003.
"I was so quiet and shy and I never wanted to talk and be in a crowd with people," said McIntyre, who is now a freshman at Lehman College with a 3.5 GPA. "But now I am so much more talkative and put myself out there."
GOTO looks forward to the next 10 years of making new friends and giving back to the NYC community.