Broadway-Themed Gala to Benefit Youth with Disabilities

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 02/14 2014 10:44PM

Updated 02/17 2014 01:28PM

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) will present “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” a Broadway-themed gala to benefit young adults with disabilities. Held at the Barrister’s Club in Allentown, the event will honor and benefit the young adults with disabilities enrolled in the organization’s School 2 Life, or S2L, program.

The gala will include a live musical performances from local school groups and a basket raffle. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 pm. The “You Can’t Stop the Beat” Gala will open with remarks from Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and is being sponsored by Carol Walck & Associates, Lehigh Valley Health Network, PPL, St. Luke’s University Health Network, McDermott Investment Advisors, LLC, Steel Valley Investment Group of Raymond James, the Jeremy Carroll Foundation, and the Morning Call.   Following the opening remarks, the “You Can’t Stop the Beat” will jump right into live musical performances. Performers include the Salisbury Middle School Chorus, Northeast Middle School Singers, Allen High School Chorale, and students from Dieruff High School and Southern Lehigh High School. The night will feature songs from musicals such as the ‘Sound of Music,’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Funny Girl,’ and ‘Hairspray.’ In addition to student performers, the gala will also include talent from Star of the Day Event Productions.

  The gala will also feature a Broadway-themed basket raffle. Prizes include tickets to shows at local theatre venues such as The Civic Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Act 1. DeSales University, Zoellner Arts Center, Pines Dinner Theatre, and the State Theatre. Additional prizes include donations from the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Crayola, DaVinci Science Center, the Morning Call, the Spa at McCann, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza, and many more. There are more than thirty prize baskets to win, and each basket represents a different Broadway musical. Basket raffle tickets will be on sale during the gala at $5 for a set of twelve tickets.

  In addition to high-end “Producer” level sponsors, the “You Can’t Stop the Beat” Gala is also being sponsored by King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC, OAA Orthopedic Associates, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Todd Heller, Working Dog Press, and more. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit Sponsors will be treated to an exclusive pre-gala cocktail hour with live music provided by the Lehigh University Jazz Combo.

  The “You Can’t Stop the Beat” Gala will benefit the young adults with disabilities enrolled in LVCIL’s S2L program. In its twenty-three year history, LVCIL has encountered many young adults with disabilities who have graduated from high school without the necessary supports or skills to find a job, live independently, or be self-sufficient. In 2009, the organization started the S2L program to support young adults with their transition from high school to the “real world” and teach them essential life and job skills. Since its inception, S2L has helped hundreds of young adults prepare for their transition to adult life, and the program has been hailed as a best practice in transition service provision for youth with disabilities across the state of Pennsylvania. The gala will help to provide scholarships for young adults to take part in S2L.

  Tickets for the “You Can’t Stop the Beat” Gala are $10 advance sales, $12 at the door. Space is limited; however, if you would like to attend please contact  Additional information on the gala is available at For questions or more information on the gala, LVCIL or the S2L program, please contact Greg Bott, LVCIL Director of Development, at 610-770-9781 ext. 120 or email

(Information From Greg Bott, LVCIL Director of Development)

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