NEW YORK, N.Y. – On Wednesday, June 27, Working in Support of Education (W!se) hosted Summer Night Strings—a Reception and Benefit Concert. The sold out event was held in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.

Guests were treated to a special evening of music by Damien Escobar, one of the world’s top violinists. Escobar played an assortment of music including songs from his Boundless album and closed the concert with his well-known hit, “Awakening.” Sponsors of the event included Wells Fargo (Lead Presenting Sponsor), PwC, Internet Testing Systems, The Boston Consulting Group, EY, Protiviti, James M. Abry, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Checketts Partners Investment Management, LLC, Emerging Markets, Ltd., Charlotte K. Frank, Ph.D., PayCargo and RSM US LLP.

Guest speaker Rey Familia, a W!se alumnus from 2016, said: “W!se’s programs not only helped me to become financially literate, they also motivated me to major in finance and accounting at college and choose my current career path. They provided opportunities that have changed my life.”

Proceeds from Summer Night Strings will support W!se’s financial literacy and college and career readiness programs. Through them, W!se has transformed the lives of more than one million students, educators and at-risk adults from 48 states across the country.

“Summer Night Strings was an inspiring evening,” noted W!se Founder, President and CEO Phyllis F. Perillo. “We are very grateful to all of the amazing partners who attended the concert and make our work possible.”

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About W!se

Working in Support of Education (W!se) is a groundbreaking educational nonprofit based in New York City that provides financial education, college and career readiness programs, and services to students, educators and at-risk adults. W!se is spearheading a national effort to empower people, especially the underserved, to lead lives of financial well-being, succeed in college and excel in an increasingly competitive global workforce.


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